, Peshawar, India
Vinod Khanna is an Indian actor, film producer and politician. He 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`, `Sachaa Jhutha` and `Mera Gaon Mera Desh`. His big break was in the 1971 film, `Mere Apne`, directed by Gulzar.
He went on to star in many hits throughout the mid 1970s and early 1980s, including `Parvarish`, `Amar Akbar Anthony`, `Khoon Pasina`, `Muqaddar Ka Sikander`, `The Burning Train` and `Qurbani`. Having peaked in Bollywood, he became a follower of the spiritual teacher Osho (Rajneesh) and left the film industry in 1979 for eight years. He rejoined the industry to appear in many notable films from the mid 1980s to the 1990s such as `Dayavan`, `Chandni`, `Kshatriya`, `Eena Meena Deeka` and `Ekka Raja Rani`.
In 1997, he donned the role of producer to launch his middle son Akshaye Khanna in the film `Himalay Putra`. In 1999, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the film industry for over three decades. His most recent films were `Deewaanapan`, `Risk`, `Wanted` and `Dabangg`.
He also ventured into television playing the male lead role of "Kashi Nath" in the Smriti Irani-produced Hindi serial `Mere Apne`.
Having peaked in Bollywood, he became a follower of the spiritual teacher Osho (Rajneesh) and left the film industry in 1979 for eight years.
In 1999 he received a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the film industry for over three decades.