Vinod Khanna was born in Peshawar, India (now in Pakistan). After partition,
his family migrated to Punjab, India. His family, first settled in the holy
city of Amritsar after partition and later moved to Ludhiana. He graduated
from Mumbai's Sydenham college. He married in the late 1960s and his first
son Rahul Khanna was born in 1972. His second son Akshaye Khanna was born in
If you had spoken to the stuntmen during the days of 'Mera Gaon Mera Desh'
(1971, they would frankly say that Vinod Khanna was tougher than his senior,
Jat hero Dharmendra.
Few people know that Vinod readily agreed to be harshly beaten and bloodied
in a fight scene with Dharam. Khanna made his debut in 'Man ka Meet' (1969),
a film Sunil Dutt produced to launch his brother Som Dutt. Som was the hero
and Vinod the villain. Yet, very soon, the handsome villain was being
pursuaded to become a hero, after he established his credentials in the
negative roles he did in 'Sacha Jhootha' and 'Aan Milo Sajna'.
He got an identity in 'Mere Apne' (1972) and 'Achanak' (1973). His piercing
eyes and tough looks came across well. Though he played a gang-leader in
'Mere Apne' and the killer of his wife and her lover in 'Achanak', he was
seen as a hero material and soon made a winning team with Amitabh Bachchan
in films like 'Hera Pheri', 'Amar Akbar Anthony', 'Parvarish', 'Khoon Pasina'
and 'Muqaddar ka Sikandar'. He might have even toppled Amitabh, the reigning
King, but found himself straying towards the godman Bhagwan Rajneesh, in
search of the answers he needed. Answers to a mind troubled by his mother's
death. He deserted his work, films, wife , two sons and lifestyle, joining
the band of Rajneesh-ites in an attempt to find peace of mind.
Yet, when he returned after a few years producers were ready with film
offers and sacks of money. The second innings began with a hit, 'Insaaf'
(1987), but though he did several films, his heart did not seem quite into
it. He met and married Kavita Daftary from the eminent Daftry family and has
a daughter by her.
In 1997, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was nominated from
Gurdaspur, East Punjab in the next year's Lok Sabha poll.
The star-factor helped him oust five time Lok Sabha member Sukhbans Kaur
Bhinder. Bhinder's perceived inability to develop the area outweighed the
"outsider" tag applied to Khanna. The latter became union minister for
culture and tourism in July 2002.
Six months later he was moved to the more important ministry of external
affairs (MEA) as minister of state.
He was the highest taxpayer in Mumbai in 1990-91. Presently, he continues to
participate in the film business based out of Dubai.
ABOUT HIM SELF :
Date of Birth: 6 October 1946
Height: 6'1" or 1.85 m
Country: British India
Mother: Kamla Khanna
Father: Kisnanchand Khanna
Children: Sons Akshaye Khanna, Rahul Khanna, Sakshi Khanna, daughter
Marital status: Married
Education: St.Xaviers High School, Bombay; Delhi Public School; Lord Bannes
High School, Devlali
Occupation: Bollywood actor/Film producer/Indian politician
Debut Film: Man Ka Meet
Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law
Pyaar Ka Rog
Eena Meena Deeka
Ekka Raja Rani
Insaniyat Ke Devta
Waqt Ka Badshah
Khoon Ka Karz
Muqaddar Ka Badshaah
Pathar Ke Insan
Suryaa: The Awakening
Daulat Ke Dushman
Ek Aur Ek Gyarah
Bombay 405 Miles
The Burning Train
Lahu Ke Do Rang
Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
Daku Aur Jawan
Khoon Ka Badla Khoon
Khoon Ki Pukaar
Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki
Aap Ki Khatir
Adha Din Adhi Raat
Amar Akbar Anthony
Nehle Pe Dehla
Haath Ki Safai
Patthar Aur Payal
Pyaar Ka Rishta
Ek Hasina Do Diwane
Ek Khiladi Bawan Pattey
Sub Ka Saathi
Dost Aur Dushman
Hum Tum Aur Woh
Mera Gaon Mera Desh
Reshma Aur Shera
Aan Milo Sajna
Purab Aur Pachhim
Man Ka Meet