Rohit wrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Vinod Khanna (born 6 October 1946) is an Indian actor, film producer and politician. Vinod Khanna debuted in Sunil Dutt's 1968 film Man Ka Meet as a villain.
He acted in multi-starrer films often playing supporting and negative roles in hit films such as Purab Aur Paschim (1970), Sachaa Jhutta (1970) and Mera Gaon Mera Desh(1971). His big break was in the 1971 film Mere Apne directed by Gulzar. His sensitive performance as an army officer facing death row in another Gulzar scripted and directed 1973 film Achanak was critically acclaimed. The songless film echoed the true life story of K. M. Nanavati vs. State of Maharashtra and Khanna portrayed Kawas Nanavati, the real life Navy officer. He went on to star in many hits throughout the mid 1970s and early 1980s, including Parvarish (1977), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Khoon Pasina (1977), Muqaddar Ka Sikander (1978), The Burning Train (1980) and Qurbani (1980). Having peaked in Bollywood, he became a follower of the spiritual teacher Osho (Rajneesh) and left the film industry in 1979 for eight years. At this time, he was the most successful actor in the Bollywood, competing with Amitabh Bachchan. He rejoined the industry, eight years later in mid 1980s. He continued to appear in many notable films from the mid 1980s to the 1990s such as Dayavan (1988), Chandni (1989), Kshatriya (1993) Eeena Meena Deeka (1994) and Ekka Raja Rani (1994). In 1997 he introduced his son Akshaye in the film Himalay Putra which he produced and also starred in. He has since acted in fewer films playing character roles. His most recent films were Deewaanapan (2002) and Risk (2007). The last two prove out to be Box Office duds.
He is currently acting as the lead in the Hindi serial Mere Apne produced by Smriti Irani which airs on the new channel 9x.he plays the role of the male lead Kashi Nath and is paired with producer Smriti Irani who also acts as the female lead in the serial.