Biography for Vinod Khanna

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Date of Birth

6 October 1946Peshawar, British India (now Pakistan)

Height

6′ 1″ (1.85 m)

Spouse
Kavita (15 May 1990 – present) 2 children
Gitanjali (? – ?) (divorced) 2 children

Trivia

Father of actor Akshaye Khanna

Father of Rahul Khanna

His peak period as the main lead hero in Hindi films was 1973-1982. He had successful films even in 1987-1995 as the main lead both in solo hero films and more than 2 hero films. As a supporting actor in 1968-1972 he was part of hits like Purab Aur Pachhim,Mastana and Elaan and the Rajesh Khanna films Sachcha Jhuta, Aan Milo Sajna.

He appeared in 137 films, of which 55 are solo hero films and 45 are 2 hero films with Vinod as the lead hero. In all, he acted as the main lead hero in 100 films and 37 films had him in the supporting role.

His peak period as the main lead hero in Hindi films was between 1973-1982. He had successful films even in 1987-1995 as the main lead, both in solo hero films and more than 2 hero films. As a supporting actor in 1968-1972, he was part of hits such as Purab Aur Pachhim, Mastana and Elaan and the Rajesh Khanna films Sachcha Jhuta, Aan Milo Sajna.

His first romantic role after his comeback in 1987 were in Jurm and Chandni. He was mostly being offered roles in action films from 1987.

In period 1974-1982 Vinod Khanna was paid more than Jeetendra in the film Insaan and more than Amitabh Bachchan in films like Parvarish, Hera Pheri, Khoon Pasina, Amar Akbar Anthony except in Muqadar Ka Sikander and Zameer. In post 1987 period, Vinod Khanna was paid more than Rishi Kapoor, Govinda, Sanjay Dutt and Rajnikanth in the films he did with them. But Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor and Dharmendra were always paid more than Vinod Khanna in each film he co-starred with them.

Vinod Khanna’s solo hero blockbusters in 1975-81 were- Qaid in 1975 and Zalim in 1980 both opposite Leena Chandervarkar and Inkaar in 1977 opposite Vidya Sinha followed by Aap Ki Khatir, Khoon Ki Pukar, Yuvraaj, Gharam Koon, Lahu Ke Do Rang, Taaqat and Jail Yatra.

In films with Rajesh Khanna as the lead hero, Vinod Khanna always had either the antagonist role or supporting role and not even the parallel lead. These film were Sachaa Jhutha, Aan Milo Sajna, Prem Kahani, Kudrat and Rajput. All the five films were super-hits. Vinod accepted his roles in Kudrat and Rajput even after he had become a successful solo lead hero himself just due to rappo he shared with Rajesh Khanna.

Vinod Khanna was second highest paid Hindi actor from 1987-1994 and along-with with Shashi Kapoor was 3rd highest paid Hindi actor from 1976-82.

The two hero films, with him also playing the main lead hero, like Shankar Shambhu, Chor Sipahee and Ek Aur Ek Gyarah with Shashi Kapoor, Qurbani with Feroz Khan and Parvarish, Zameer, Hera Pheri, Khoon Pasina, Amar Akbar Anthony and Muqaddar Ka Sikandar with Amitabh and Haath Ki Safai, Aakhri Daku with Randhir Kapoor were super-hits at the box office.

In films with ‘Rajesh Khanna’ as the lead hero, Vinod Khanna always had either the antagonist role or supporting role and not even the parallel lead. These film were Sachaa Jhutha Aan Milo Sajna, Prem Kahani, Kudrat and Rajput. All the five films were super-hits. Vinod accepted his roles in Kudrat and Rajput even after he had become a successful solo lead hero himself just due to rapport he shared with Rajesh Khanna.

In only the films he starred with Shashi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Sunil Dutt and Randhir Kapoor in period 1968-1982, Vinod was paid lesser than them.

Though he had stopped acting in films in 1982, the films with him as the main lead released in 1982 like Raj Mahal, Taaqat and the multi star Rajput, where Vinod Khanna played supporting role to main lead heroes Rajesh Khanna and Dharmendra, were super hits at the box office but his other films like Insaan and Daulat were flops.

It was films like Mere Apne, Hum Tum Aur Woh and Parchaiyaan, between 1971-72, which displayed that Vinod Khanna could play the main lead heroes role too. Mere Apne and Hum Tum Aur Woh were both super-hits but Parchaiyaan was a box office flop.

It was the melodious R.D. composed Rafi-Asha “Sasoan Mein Kabhi” from the box office flop film Parchaiyaan in 1972, where his romantic skills got noticed among cine-goers.

After he made a comeback in 1987, his solo hero films released in 1987-88 like Satyamev Jayate , Insaaf , Mahaadev and Aakhri Adaalat were big hits. He was disappointed when his film Dayawan and Rihaee were box office flops but these two films were critically acclaimed.

Much similar to Amitabh Bachchan’s career, Vinod Khanna was part of more multi star films with him too playing the main lead in period 1973-1982. Both of them have got lesser solo hero films to their credit than Rajesh Khanna,Jeetendra and Dev Anand.

He played supporting role in Sunil Dutt starers Reshma Aur Shera and Nehle Pe Dehla and played parallel lead to Sunil Dutt in Daku Aur Jawan.

In the 1990’s, his solo hits include Muqaddar Ka Badshaah, C.I.D., Jurm, Humshakal (1992). The 2 hero films of Vinod Khanna to be successful from 1989-1995 include Farishtay, Khoon Ka Karz, Police Aur Mujrim, Kshatriya, Ekka Raja Rani and Eena Meena Deeka.

The two hero films in 1972-1982 with him also playing the main lead hero and which became super-hits are Shankar Shambhu, Chor Sipahee and Ek Aur Ek Gyarah with Shashi Kapoor, Qurbani with Feroz Khan and Parvarish, Zameer, Hera Pheri, Khoon Pasina, Amar Akbar Anthony and Muqaddar Ka Sikandar with Amitabh and Haath Ki Safai, Aakhri Daku with Randhir Kapoor were super-hits at the box office.

Vinod Khanna debuted in Sunil Dutt’s 1968 film Man Ka Meet as a villain. Sunil Dutt’s brother Som Dutt was the hero. The film was a big hit.

His critically acclaimed films as a lead hero, which were box-office hits, were Mere Apne, Gaddar, Achanak, Aarop (1973), Kuchhe Dhaage (1973), Farebi (1974),Imtihan, Qaid, Inkaar, Insaaf , Jurm, Kranti (2002) whereas the critically acclaimed but box office flops were Shaque, Meera, Rihaee , 99(2009), Pehchaan: The Face of Truth (2005), Red Alert: The War Within(2009).

Vinod Khanna did 55 solo hero films of which 27 were hits and did 46 multi-star cast films of which 29 were box-office success.

He got his first break as lead hero in the film Mere Apne, which became a hit. The film’s director Gulzar was not famous before this film released.

Vinod Khanna was no.2 in terms of being the highest paid Hindi actor, behind Rajesh Khanna in the period 1976-1980. Due to his withdrawal from acting, Amitabh managed to share the no.1 position with Rajesh from 1980-87.

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