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Vinod Khanna
Vinod Khanna at Esha Deol's wedding at ISCKON temple 11 (cropped 2).jpg
Khanna in July 2012
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Gurdaspur
In office
2014 – 27 April 2017
Preceded by Pratap Singh Bajwa
Succeeded by Vacant
In office
Preceded by Sukhbuns Kaur
Succeeded by Pratap Singh Bajwa
Personal details
Born (1946-10-06)6 October 1946
Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India
(now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)
Died 27 April 2017(2017-04-27) (aged 70)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Cause of death Bladder cancer
Spouse(s) Geetanjali (1971–1985; divorced)
Kavita (1990–2017; his death)
Children Rahul Khanna (son)
Akshay Khanna (son)
Sakshi Khanna (son)
Shraddha Khanna (daughter)
Occupation Actor, MP of Lok Sabha for Gurdaspur

Vinod Khanna (6 October 1946 – 27 April 2017) was an Indian actor. He was also an active politician and was the sitting MP from Gurdaspur constituency (between 1998-2009 and 2014-2017).


Khanna played lead roles in many movies and is best remembered for his performance in Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Gaddaar, Jail Yatra, Imtihaan, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Inkaar, Kuchhe Dhaage, Amar Akbar Anthony, Rajput, Qurbani, Kudrat, Dayavan, Kaarnama,Suryaa: An Awakening and Jurm.

After making his debut in 1968, Khanna first acted in small roles or negative roles. His angry young man role in the movie Mere Apne, his negative role as the main villain in the superhit movie Mera Gaon Mera Desh and his role in the crtically acclaimed movie Achanak based on the events of the popular case K. M. Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra, as the military officer turned fugitive.

Khanna was popularly known as one of the most handsome lead actors ever in Bollywood.

Political career

In 1997, Khanna joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was elected from Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab in the next year's Lok Sabha election.

In 2014 general election he was again elected for 16th Loksabha from same constituency.


Khanna died on 27 April 2017 at a hospital in Mumbai from bladder cancer at the age of 70.

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