Vinod Khanna dies at 70

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  1. na jaayate’ mriyate’ vaa kadaachin naayam bhuthva bhavithaa na bhooyah: |ajo nithyah saasvato’yam puraano na hanyate’ hanyamaane’ sareere’ ||

    The Spirit is neither born, nor does it die at any time. It does not come into being or cease to exist. It is unborn, eternal, permanent, and pri­me­val. The Spirit is not destroyed when the body is destroyed.

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  2. और परिवर्तन एक नियम है
    शरीर तो मात्र एक साधन है
    इस दुःख की घडी में हम सब आपके साथ हैं..

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  3. Director of Silence of Lambs and now Vinod Khanna.
    The very handsome Star who worked in both art and masala movies will be remembered by all of us forever.
    RIP.

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  4. My favourite Vinod Khanna movie is Qurbaani.
    Hum Tumhe chahte hain aise …
    What an actor, personality and attitude!!!

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  5. RIP

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  6. RIP. Great actor. Unique personality. Dashing.

    My childhood favourite (with Amitabh Bachan, of course). I was crying in the theatres when he died in Qurbani, my parents trying to comfort me that it was not reality. Now he has embraced death for real.

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    • He was neither a great actor nor a big star like Bachchan or Rajesh Khanna. But yes, a handsome filmi hero one can say at the most.

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  7. RIP Vinod Khanna!
    Another Great from the 70s departs.

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  8. Co-incidentally, Feroze Khan also passed away on April 27th in 2009.

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  9. Vinod Khanna Passes Away
    Thursday 27 April 2017 15.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Legendary actor Vinod Khanna passed away today at the age of 70. He was suffering from bladder cancer and had been hospitalized for sometime but his health escalated before he succumbed on Thursday morning. Vinod Khanna was one of the biggest heroes ever of the Hindi film industry who made his first appearance in 1969 with Man Ka Meet. This film was produced by the leading male star of the time Sunil Dutt as a launch vehicle for his brother Som Dutt. The film proved a success but it was Vinod Khanna who was noticed rather than Som Dutt. Thereafter followed supporting roles in huge blockbuster films like Sacha Jhuta, Aan Milo Sajna and Purab Aur Pashim.

    Then came the shift to villain with Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971) which was a prelude of sorts to Sholay and Vinod Khanna played the dreaded dacait Jabbar Singh to perfection. The film went on to become of the biggest blockbusters of Hindi cinema. The tuning point in his career was a Haath Ki Safai (1974) which was a big hit and made Vinod Khanna a saleable hero. There was no looking back after that with many hits which culminated in Qurbani (1980). This film was a huge craze and took such an initial which could be said to be the biggest ever in real value but Vinod Khanna was not there to bask in the glory of the film as he had already left the industry in late 1978 to live life in an Ashram in the States.

    He made a comeback in 1987 with Insaaf and was well accepted by the industry and fans again as Suryaa (1989) and Chandni (1989) proved to be big hits. Recently he was seen in character roles in popular films like Wanted (2009), Dabangg (2010), Dabangg 2 (2012) and Dilwale (2015).

    Vinod Khanna was in that group of actors who have a big in hand of making Hindi fillms popular across the nation and eventually becoming a multi crore industry that it is today.

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  10. Extremely sad news..

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    • Very sad indeed — I’m having trouble articulating why, in the sense that he was certainly not my favorite actor/star, I don’t think I was a fan in any sense. And yet he is — through films like Qurbani, or even Khuda Qasam, not to mention the ones where he shared screen time with Bachchan — a part of my childhood, and that has now died. The loss is irreparable…

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      • Same here .. Never his fan, still feeling very disturbed. I think fan or no fan, due to strong part of our cinema culture we have affection with all these 60’s/70’s stars.

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        • …and one reason it’s difficult to feel this way for many contemporary stars/actors, even ones I like, is not simply that they are not part of my childhood, but also (and perhaps principally) because they are emptied of any meaning or broader cultural resonance, the way the industry is they testify to particular kinds of “lifestyles” (many self-consciously do this) — that gets them wide currency in a capitalist society, but meaning is something different…

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  11. very sad news. As many others here, grew up with his movies, Qurbani etc. Then didnt understand why there were no new movies until he returned with Insaaf many years later. Cant believe how cancer made him into a shell of his former self in just a year or so. From Dilwale in Dec 2015 to early 2017. So very sad.

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  12. sad news indeed.. RIP Vinod Khanna

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  13. Om Shanti Shanti….

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  14. thecooldude Says:

    Must have seen Khoon Paseena at least a thousand times. Not that it was a great movie….just liked it for some reason.

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  15. Very sad news …

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  16. tonymontana Says:

    Very handsome guy and a good actor as well. He was paid more than Bachchan at his prime.

    God bless his soul

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  17. A large part of my childhood just passed away. May his soul rest in everlasting peace

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  18. I think his physique was perfect to make him a star. There was something about his personality. He was tall, had the right build, looked strong and was handsome (according to most women at least).

    But his walk was unique. It was very elegant. That walk of his was not some artificial gesturality like Dev Anand’s. It was his natural walking style. I think Anupam Kher has just paid tribute to that as the ‘panther’-like walk. But that was quite unique and it was very elegant.

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  19. Very sad indeed. One of my favourite among oldies. Dashing and bold. RIP

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  20. Bachchan has just put up an extraordinary post..

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    • my response…

      [This is an extraordinary post. I would have enjoyed it more but it’s too difficult to read today. You have summarized everything. He was one of the indelible parts of my movie-going (and absorbing) experience from the very earliest age. And while there is always grief whenever such a luminary passes away I feel that today (and I even surprise myself in a way) that I am sad in a very singular way. Somehow his passing away means a lot more than many other comparable ones. perhaps for some of the reasons you describe. He was always associated with such vitality, represented the aura of cinema in such a pure sense (as stars once did and don’t anymore), beyond of course all the personal reasons that I feel impoverished today. I often like to revisit films on such occasions, relive those experiences. But I might not be able to for a while with his films. Earlier I saw some pictures of you and Rishi Kapoor showing up to pay your respects and I thought ‘Anthony and Akbar are there for Amar’. It is one of those saddest days of life..

      Thank you so much for this post. I cannot begin to imagine your sense of loss.]

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      • I respect your response to AB’s post but it did seem a little pretentious to me. Bachchan seemed to be trying to underscore the fact that he superseded VK in terms of stardom, popularity, fame, money…..”VK was a big star, I was a nobody…I could not dream of getting entry into a disco, he had exclusive membership…..blah,blah, blah…..(you get the point ladies and gentlemen, don’t you, that eventually I became the BIG B while he was reduced to being just my competitor?)”

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    • Bachchan needs some sort of platform to promote himself. No problem whether it somebody’s marraige or death.

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  21. A very tragic news! My sister considers VK as the most handsome, manly & stylish hindi film hero ever to have graced the celluloid & i think her feeling is shared by a massive number of ladies & men as well. I must have watched Chandni’s ” lagi aaj saavan ki phir wo jhadi hai” song umpteen times just to catch a glimpse of VK’s immaculate portrayal of a lover losing out his love to someone else; his pain & helplessness is so very vivid & palpable in the song to melt anyone’s heart, just pure magic. His place in the history of hindi films would be as one of the era defining & a truly magnetic star of his times & a legend in the true sense of the word. May his soul rest in peace………….

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    • Quite clearly I was born a generation late. My first real memory of anything 70s related was a car music cassette of AAA. My dad played it a lot. And Chandni too is one of the earlier films I watched at home on video. I found the film odd as I really didn’t understand how a dead man came back. I was fairly young but even then VK struck me.

      I sense a huge loss as 70 is quite young nowadays. Even in recent films like Wanted he stood up well.

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  22. Dharmendra quite rightly is upset at some of the media questions:

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  24. Like many of those who have commented above, esp. Qalandar and Yakuza, I am also trying to articulate why his demise has affected me so much, why does it seem so much like a personal loss? I admired his acting, his looks, loved The Burning Train HeraPheri, Parvarish, Achanak, Aan Milo Sajna….. and feel that nobody could have expressed doomed yearning the way he did in Qurbani but it wasn’t as if I was running to the theaters to see his movies. In fact, all these movies had been released when I was hardly conscious of there being anything like cinema. And yet watching them on VCR/ TV later, I felt a connect with VK that I have felt with only a handful of actors.

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