Late Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna was chosen for the Dadasaheb Phalke award posthumously, the highest award in the country in the field of cinema. It was a collective decision of the jury, chaired by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, to confer the award on Vinod Khanna.
Vinod Khanna is known for his performances in films like 'Mere Apne', Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Kuchhe Dhaage, Gaddaar, Imtihaan, Muquddar Ka Sikandar, Inkaar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Rajput, The Burning Train, Qurbani, Kudrat, Paravarish, Khoon Pasina, Dayavan, Chandni and Jurm. During the press conference on Friday to announce the award, Shekar Kapur said that he wished he had worked with Vinod Khanna at least once.
Sunil Dutt launched Vinod Khanna in Bollywood with his film 'Man Ka Meet (1968). But Khanna got big break in the career in 1971 only. The three films which set him apart as an actor was Sunil Dutt's Reshma Aur Shera, in which Amitabh Bachchan also debuted, Gulzar's Mere Apne, that defined him as an actor and Raj Khosla's dacoit drama Mera Gaon Mera Desh, where he jointly acted with Sunil Dutt and Dharmendra. He quit the film industry at the peak of his career to follow his spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh. He however returned to films after five years. This second-coming was eventful as he could bag two hits- Satyamev Jayate and Insaaf. He also tried his hand in politics. The actor was the BJP MP of the Lok Sabha from Punjab's Gurdaspur constituency.
The actor passed away on April 2, 2017, after a prolonged illness at the age of 70. Vinod Khanna married to his Geetanjali. His two sons Akshaye and Rahul Khanna have chosen the path of their father and are in the film industry. (With input from UNI)