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.
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
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.
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.
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 'Qurbaani'.
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' 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.
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 cricits and audiences alike. The film also starred Feroz Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aditya Pancholi, Amrish Puri among others.
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.
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.