This week on Flashback, we take a look at the life of a villain, a star, a sanyasi and a politician, Vinod Khanna. Born in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna, a textiles, dyes and chemicals businessman, in 1946, in Peshawar, (now in Pakistan), his family moved to Bombay when India was partitioned. While at the boarding school, he fell in love with motion pictures after watching Mughal-e-Azam. After graduating from Sydenham College with a commerce degree, he embarked on his movie career.
The ‘villain-turned-hero,’ who debuted in Sunil Dutt’s 1968 film Man Ka Meet as a villain, played supporting characters in the films such as Purab Aur Paschim, Sachaa Jhutha, Aan Milo Sajna and Mastana in 1970 and Mera Gaon Mera Desh and Elaan in 1971. Between 1971-1982, the actor starred in 47 multi-hero films like Ek Aur Ek Gyarah, Hera Pheri, Khoon Pasina, Amar Akbar Anthony, Zameer, Parvarish and Muqaddar Ka Sikandar. He became a disciple of Osho in 1975 and also moved to America where he spent his time cleaning dishes and working as Osho’s gardener.
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