Vinod Mehra was an Indian actor in Bollywood films. He started out as a child artist in a few films in the late 1950s and early 1960s before starting his adult film career in 1971. He went on to act in over a 100 films throughout the 1970s to the 1990s. He was also the producer and director of the film `Gurudev` which was released posthumously after he passed at the age of 45 in 1990.
Vinod started his film career as an adult in 1971 with `Ek Thi Rita`, a smash hit based on the English play, 'A Girl Called Rita', along with Tanuja. This was followed by the film `Parday Ke Peechhay`, `Elaan`, `Amar Prem` and `Lal Patthar`, though it was only Shakti Samanta's `Anuraag` (1972) with Maushmi Chatterjee, which established him as an actor. His frequent female co-stars included Rekha, Mausami Chatterjee, Yogeeta Bali, Shabana Azmi and Bindiya Goswami. Some of his prominent films were `Nagin`, `Jaani Dushman` and `Khud-Daar`.
He received Filmfare Nominations as Best Supporting Actor for `Anurodh` (1977), `Amardeep` (1979), and `Bemisal` (1982). He had turned producer and director with the film `Gurudev` in the late 1980s, with Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor in the lead, but he suddenly died of a heart attack before completion of the film at the age of 45, in October 1990. The film was released in 1993 after director Raj Sippy completed the remaining shoot. Many of his films were released after his death and dedicated to his memory.
Some films for which he had not completed filming were delayed and re-written not to involve his character such as `Insaniyat` (1994) and `Aurat Aurat Aurat` (1996).