On the third death anniversary of Bollywood legend Vinod Khanna, his son, actor Akshaye Khanna, took to social media to pay homage to the former.
“There is no expiration date on the love between a father and his child. We will always remember you #VinodKhanna,” Akshaye tweeted.
Along with it, he shared a picture from his childhood days in which he and his brother Rahul Khanna are seen holding their father’s hands.
Many others in Bollywood joined Akshaye in remembering the iconic star who was known for his rugged image as a machoman.
Actor Ali Fazal shared his experience of meeting the late Vinod Khanna. “Met Vinod ji once. I have never been able to take photos with people I look upto. Always thot kabhi kaam karoonga saath toh.. but this one I regret. Its just how it is. Managed very few in life. Thank you Vinod Khanna for being,” Ali wrote along with a black and white picture of Vinod Khanna from his younger days,” Ali recalled on social media, posting a black-and-white picture of Khanna from his younger days.
Vinod Khanna, who is known for his numerous performances of various shades in films like “Mere Apne”, “Parvarish”, “Mera Gaon Mera Desh”, “Achanak”, “Inkaar”, “Khoon Pasina”, “Insaaf”, “Qurbani”, and “Amar Akbar Anthony”, died in 2017 after a prolonged illness.
The actor had married his college friend Geetanjali in 1971 and the couple was subsequently blessed with sons Rahul and Akshaye, both of whom would go on to become actors. But the marriage didn’t survive for long as the two divorced in 1985, after which Vinod Khanna married Kavita Daftary, daughter of industrialist Sharayu Daftary.
One of the most enigmatic actors of Bollywood ever, Vinod Khanna left the film industry at the peak of his stardom in 1975 to become a disciple of Osho and in the early 1980s, shifting base to the godman’s ashram in Oregon, United States, for about a decade.
When he returned to India in the late eighties and resumed work as an actor, he once again started scoring at the box office with hits such as “Insaaf” and “Satyamev Jayate”.
In his later years, Khanna forayed politics. He was the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Lok Sabha from the Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab.
Not only this, Vinod Khanna believed in spirituality a lot. In 1982, he had shifted to US to explore the spiritual sphere with Osho.
Marking Vinod Khanna’s third death anniversary, his wife Kavita shared that she has donate a day’s cooked food to the needy in Mumbai.
“My husband, my love @VinodKhanna LOVED his city and was committed to doing seva till the very end. Today, on his 3rd Punya Tithi, we are donating a day’s cooked food to 45,000 needy in Mumbai,” she tweeted.
Incidentally, Vinod Khanna’s death anniversary falls on the same date as actor-filmmaker Feroz Khan’s. Khan was a close friend of Khanna, and the two had co-starred in the former’s 1980 blockbuster “Qurbani”. Khan passed away on April 27, 2009.