Veteran actor, BJP MP Vinod Khanna passes away

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Vinod Khanna

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Veteran actor and sitting BJP MP Vinod Khanna passed away at the age of 70 on Thursday after a difficult battle with cancer.

The actor, who was part of several Bollywood hits like ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ and ‘The Burning Train’, was admitted to the HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Girgaon, Mumbai recently.

Vinod Khanna, a sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Gurdaspur district of Punjab, was born on 6 October, 1946. He was seen in 141 films between 1968 and 2013.

Khanna was seen in lead roles in several popular films, including Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Gaddaar, Jail Yatra, Imitihaan, Inkaar, Kuchhe Dhaage, Amar Akbar Anthony, Rajput, Qurbani, Kudrat, Dayavan, Kaarnama, Suryaa: An Awakening and Jurm.

Khanna joined politics in 1997 and got elected from Gurdaspur on a BJP ticket in the next year’s Lok Sabha poll.

Later, during the time of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government he became Union minister for culture and tourism in 2002. He became a minister of state in the Ministry of External Affairs. Khanna lost the 2009 election, but was elected again from Gurdaspur in 2014.