Remembering a Screen-Legend: 10 Rare Lesser-Known Facts about Vinod Khanna

After years of battle with an advanced bladder cancer, veteran actor Vinod Khanna succumbed to the illness and breathed his last on Thursday. The late legend, at one point, exceeded the mass-appeal of even Amitabh Bachhan and was the highest paid actor in Bollywood, receiving a pay-cut greater than Bachhan or Jeetendra. Considered as one of the most handsome leading men of movies, Khanna wasn't just a versatile actor but also a major heartthrob.

He last appeared in Shah Rukh Khan's 'Dilwale' in the year 2015.

As the nation gathers together to mourn the loss of one of the greatest superstars of an era, let us take a look at some rare lesser known facts about the actor, that most might not already know.

Here are 10 rare facts about the screen-legend, Vinod Khanna:

1) Born on 6th October, 1946 in Peshawar, British India. The region now comes in Pakistan and is called Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

2) For a period of three years, from 1957 to 1960, he attended the Delhi Public School, Mathura Road and was later sent to a boarding school in Nashik.

3) As a teenager, Khanna was first fascinated by motion pictures after watching 'Solva Saal' and 'Mughal-E-Azam', which played a role in influencing him to pursue his career in the film industry.

4) Vinod Khanna made his screen debut in the year 1968 with 'Man Ke Meet' which had legendary actor Sunil Datt in the lead.

5) Despite having all the qualities of a 'leading Bollywood star', the late actor started off in negative roles, popularly addressed as 'villains' in Indian movies.

6) Vinod Khanna's major launch as a 'lead Hero' was done with the movie 'Mere Apne' in the year 1972 by filmmaker and poet Gulzar, after the latter discovered Khanna's emotional depth and the versatility in her performances.

7) He won his first Filmfare award in the year 1975 in the 'Best Supporting Actor' category for the movie 'Haath Ki Safai'

8) His first marriage was with Gitanjali in 1971, with whom he had two songs - Rahul and Akshaye Khanna, both of whom later pursued their own careers in movies.

9) In 1982, at the height of his career Vinod Khanna quit the film industry to follow his spiritual guru Osho and worked as his personal gardener and provided assistance in cleaning dishes.

10) In the year 1997, Vinod Khanna made his sting into politics by joining the Bhartiya Janta Party, led by the former prime-minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee, under whose governance he also worked as a Minister of State for External Affairs.

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