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Remembering Vinod Khanna

Vinod Khanna may have breathed his last, this morning. But, he would remain alive in the hearts of Indian Movie Lovers for a long long time.

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He was one of those very few lucky actors, who could make a smooth transaction from a Villain to Hero.

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Yes, he was a man of extremes. He began his filmy career as a Villain in Sunil Dutt’s Man ka Meet in 1968.

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Grabbed a meaty role in Purab & Pashchim. And went on to become a superstar with movies like Amar Akbar Anthony, Hera Pheri, Burning Train etc.

He shared tremendous on-screen chemistry with Amitabh Bacchan. And, besides Dharmendra and Rajesh Khanna, was the most sought after actor of 1970s.

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However, as I said before, he was a man of extremes. He announced retirement from Bollywood in 1982, at the peak of his career. And, willingly became a Gardener at Osho’s Ashram in US!

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The man was not only good looking or talented, but was spiritually inclined too. When he made a comeback in 1987, at the age of 41, viewers and Industry were delighted, to have their Royal Hero back !

In his second innings, he gave some memorable films, particularly Dayavan, where he portrayed the role of an ageing gangster with aplomb.

Simultaneously, he joined politics too. And as a MP of Gurdaspur, we saw another facet of Vinod Khanna. He charmed the masses with his royal demeanour and soothing gestures.

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Vinod Khanna’s towering personality, made him look authoritative as well as endearing. Who can forget the hard faced yet kind hearted Babuji, he played in Salman’s Dabang !

In a way, he never left the stage. He continued to remain active till he died. Be it playing the convincing role of a Thakur on-screen or being a hardworking popular MP of Gurdaspur. A true Hero indeed !

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