Remembering Vinod Khanna: 12 memorable roles of the actor

Updated: Apr 27, 2020, 08:35 | Nandish
  • Hum Tum Aur Woh: The 1971 film 'Hum Tum Aur Woh', was Vinod Khanna's first film as a solo lead. Also starring, Bharti and Aruna Irani in pivotal characters, the film's success was instrumental in him bagging romantic roles. All pics/YouTube

  • Mere Apne: Another film, which released in 1971, saw Vinod Khanna co-starring with Shatrughan Sinh and Meena Kumari. Being Gulzar's first directorial venture, his role as an angry young man earned him plaudits from fans and critics alike.

  • Achanak: Based on a true story, Vinod Khanna portrayed Naval officer Kawas Nanavati in this 1973 film, who made news in the 1950s due to the sensational Nanavati murder case, which shocked the nation. Directed by Gulzar, the film was unique at the time for not featuring any songs. Khanna's performance as an army officer facing death row was appreciated.

  • Imtihan: This is 1974 film Vinod Khanna played a son of a rich businessman, who left everything to go and teach history to students at a college. The idealistic professor tried to reform highly indisciplined students. The film also starred Tanuj, Bindu, Ranjeet among others. The song, Ruk Jana Nahin, sung by Kishore Kumar from the film became hugely popular and it is still an evergreen classic.

  • Haath Ki Safai: This too a 1974 film saw Vinod Khanna teaming up with Randhir Kapoor. The film also starred Hema Malini and Simi Garewal. This film won him the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.

  • Amar Akbar Anthony: The 1977 multi-starrer, 'Amar Akbar Anthony' saw Vinod Khanna share the screen with stalwarts Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor along with an ensemble cast. It is considered one of Bollywood's greatest landmark films. Vinod Khanna's role as police inspector Amar Khanna was well received along with Amitabh Bachchan's Anthony Gonsalves and Rishi Kapoor's Akbar Allahabadi.

  • Qurbani: Vinod Khanna shared the screen with actor-director Feroz Khan in the 1980 film, 'Qurbani', which became the highest-grossing film of that year. The film's songs 'Aap Jaisa Koi' and 'Qurbani' became pop-culture favourites as years went by. Khanna received the Filmfare Nomination for Best Actor for 'Qurbani'.

  • Hera Pheri: The 1976 film, 'Hera Pheri', led to Vinod Khanna earning a Filmfare nomination for Best Supporting Actor. It also starred Amitabh Bachchan and was one of six films that Vinod Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan starred together in, since the pairing of the two actors often made the film quite successful.

  • Insaaf: This film marked Vinod Khanna's return to Bollywood after a five-year hiatus, in which he co-starred with Dimple Kapadia. The film was a critical and commercial success.

  • Dayavan: A remake of the 1984 Kamal Haasan starrer 'Nayakan', which was based on the life and times of gangster Varadarajan Mudaliar, Khanna's performance as a South Indian don in this 1987 film wowed critics and audiences alike. The film also starred Feroz Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aditya Pancholi, Amrish Puri among others.

  • Jurm: The 1990 murder-mystery 'Jurm', which starred Vinod Khanna, Meenakshi Sheshadri and Sangeeta Bijlani in lead roles was a critical and commercial success. His role as a police officer, who falls in love with a witness he is protecting impressed moviegoers.

  • Dabangg: Vinod Khanna essayed the role of Salman Khan's step-father in the 2010 hit 'Dabangg'. In the film, both he and Salman's characters had a strained relationship, was appreciated by audiences. His transition as a character actor was noticed.

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Vinod Khanna has a cavalcade of on-screen performances that made him the favourite of audiences over the years. On the veteran actor's death anniversary (April 27), we remember him for some of his memorable roles...