Khanna, who studied commerce at Mumbai’s Sydenham College before moving into acting, started his Bollywood career in the roles of villains in late 1960s. But once he started playing the lead roles, Khanna became a darling of the masses. He started out as a bad guy by playing a villain in Sunil Dutt's 1968 film 'Man Ka Meet' and made a mark with films like 'Achanak', 'Amar Akbar Anthony', 'Dayavan', 'Qurbani' and 'Mere Apne' among others. Besides his acting abilities, Khanna was also known for his good looks. He was widely considered among the most handsome actors of the Hindi film industry. He had a magnetic charm and irresistible persona, unparalleled even today.
After giving several hit films, Khanna quit films in 1982 – when he was at the peak of his career – and joined controversial guru Osho Rajneesh. Though Khanna returned after five years and did more films, other actors had by then moved in to fill the vacuum.
Vinod Khanna represented the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat four times after he joined the BJP in 1997. After two years of embracing the party, Khanna got elected to Lok Sabha in 1999. Considering his importance, Bharatiya Janta Party took him to Central Government where he was appointed as the Minister of State of Culture. He was later moved to more important cabinet portfolio of Minister of External Affairs. Shatrughan Sinha tweeted on his demise, “Right from films to politics, Vinod Khanna and I sailed together and he leaves behind an entire generation and more of fans and admirers.”
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