MUMBAI: The Bollywood heartthrob best-known for his roles in films such as “Amar Akbar Anthony,” “Qurbaani” and “Insaaf” — died of cancer at a hospital in Mumbai on Thursday morning. He was 70.
The actor was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of the Lok Sabha from Punjab’s Gurdaspur constituency. The sitting MP had won the seat four times.
The actor is survived by his wife, Kavita Khanna, and four children – Rahul, Akshaye, Sakshi, and Shraddha.
Rahul and Akshaye, both actors, were from his first wife, Geetanjali.
Khanna made his acting debut in 1968 with “Man Ka Meet”. In many of the earlier films, Khanna played a negative or a supporting role.
His potential was first noticed in Gulzar’s “Mere Apne” in 1971.
A much sought after actor in the 1970s and 1980s, he acted in several blockbusters, including “Mera Gaon Mera Desh”, “Reshma Aur Shera”, “Elan”, “Insaaf” and “Dayavan”
He and Amitabh Bachchan were a popular pair, and acted in several films such as “Amar Akbar Anthony”, “Hera Pheri” and “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar”
He was last seen in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Dilwale” in 2015.
Celebrities, young and old, remembered him as one of the most charismatic personalities of the Hindi film world.
Starting his career with minor roles in 1969, over the years the actor built up a hugely successful career and featured in some of the biggest Bollywood hits like “Mere Apne”, “Insaaf” “Parvarish” “Muqaddar Ka Siqandar”, “Qurbani”, “Dayavaan”, “Mera Gaon Mera Desh” “Chandni” “The Burning Train” and “Amar, Akbar, Anthony” among many more, said Krishnamurthy who was associated with him for past nearly five decades.