Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passed away at the Sir H N Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Mumbai this morning. He was suffering from cancer.
The hospital authorities refused to comment on his demise.
The actor, who turned 70 on October 6, was admitted to the hospital on March 31.
At the time, pictures of a frail and emaciated Khanna had gone viral, sparking concerns about his health. His family issued a statement that he was being treated for severe dehydration.
The actor made his debut in Man Ka Meet, the 1968 remake of the Tamil film, Kumari Penn, where he played villain to Sunil Dutt’s hero.
His first break as the solo lead hero came in Hum Tum Aur Woh in 1971.
Khanna’s performances in hit films like Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Gaddaar (1973), Jail Yatra, Imitihaan, Inkaar, Kuchhe Dhaage, Amar Akbar Anthony, Rajput, Achanak, Qurbani, Kudrat, Dayavan and Kaarnama were much appreciated.
He gave up a flourishing career to join Osho in 1982. Five years later, he returned to the industry and re-built his career.
His recent releases included Dabangg, Dabangg 2 and Dilwale.
His last movie was Hema Malini’s Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi, which released on April 21.
In 1997, he joined the BJP and had been a four-time MP representing Gurdaspur in Punjab. He had served as Union minister for cultural affairs and tourism and minister of state for external affairs.
He is survived by his wife, Kavita, sons Rahul, Akshaye and Sakshi and daughter Shradda.