Bollywood iconic actor Vinod Khanna breathed his last at 11.20 am on Thursday and left the Indian film industry in tears.
The actor had been battling cancer for years and reportedly died due to advanced bladder carcinoma.
Born on October 6, 1946 in a Punjabi family in Peshawar, Vinod starred in several hit movies from 'Dayawan' to 'Purab aur Paschim'.
In all his glory, Vinod Khanna acted in 141 films between 1968 and 2015. Though the actor made his movie debut as a villain in the film 'Man Ka Meet' of Sunil Dutt in 1968, he eventually start winning hearts in the lead roles later in his life.
He entered politics and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. The actor has served as the Minister of State for Tourism and Culture in 2002.
Several Bollywood celebrities, politician and fans took to Twitter and condoled the demise of star Vinod Khanna.
Here are some of the Tweets:
Charming. Talented. Humble... RIP #VinodKhanna... End of an era... You will be missed, Sir... Heartfelt condolences.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 27, 2017
Will remember #VinodKhanna ji for his larger than life performances & his graciousness. There r very few people like him. Will miss u Sir.🙏— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) April 27, 2017
Sad to learn about the passing away of #VinodKhanna Sir,one of the most charismatic actors...truly end of an era.Condolences to the family🙏🏻— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 27, 2017
As a mark of respect to our beloved Vinod Khanna the entire team of Baahubali has decided to cancel the premiere tonight...— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 27, 2017
His screen presence is unparalleled even today...his super star swag is what we grew up on....RIP #VinodKhanna ...thoughts and prayers....— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 27, 2017
Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of one of the most charismatic actors #VinodKhanna ji.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 27, 2017
Om Shanti !
#VinodKhanna was always very poised.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) April 27, 2017
And had such control on screen.
Had a great career.
And, some stellar roles.
Rest in peace, sir.