The actor, who was born in a Punjabi family of textile merchants in Peshawar in 1946, chose Punjab to make his political debut in 1997 when he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The Bollywood bug bit the young Khanna after watching the Dilip Kumar-Madhubala epic "Mughal-E-Azam" and the Dev Anand-Waheeda Rehman starrer "Solva Saal".
When news of the veteran actor's passing broke, the entire industry got together to pay tribute to Vinod Khanna. Vinod Khanna is survived by his wife Kavita, sons Akshaye, Rahul, Sakshi daughter Shraddha. He will be cremated at Worli crematorium at 5 pm.
Vinod Khanna was a BJP MP and several political leaders including PM Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee, Amit Shah and Congress President Sonia Gandhi mourned his death.
One of the doctors from the hospital had also confirmed that Vinod Khanna was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital with severe dehydration. For a long time after this, Khanna was limited to playing either supporting roles or that of a villain, in movies like "Purab Aur Paschim", "Sachaa Jhutha", "Aan Milo Sajna", and "Mastana", in early 70's. He was re-elected in 1999 and 2004. He also previously served as union minister for culture and tourism and Minister of State for the ministry of external affairs (MEA). But he lost his district in the 2009 elections and then regained it in 2014. Rishi Kapoor, who played Khanna's younger brother in "Amar Akbar Anthony" and worked with him in another memorable hit 'Chandni, ' tweeted, "Will miss you Amar. RIP. A decent man and a star till the very end".
Picked out by late Bollywood actor Sunil Dutt, Vinod Khanna was offered, to begin with, only negative and small roles but soon got lead roles in many films.
"Truly 'Mere Apne, ' one of my most admired and loved personalities, the supremely handsome and talented superstar. Vinod Khanna chose to shift base from the lights of tinsel town to Koregaon Park (where Rajnish's ashram was located) in Pune", veteran film journalist Dilip Thakur told PTI. Sinha said the death of Khanna is a personal and emotional loss for him.