India Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna dies of cancer at age 70

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India mourns the death of veteran star and MP Vinod Khanna

Veteran star Rishi Kapoor, in a series of tweets, has slammed the "actors of this generation" for not attending Vinod Khanna's funeral last evening.

A photo of the actor was circulating the internet where he looked frail and thin which sparked rumours that he was suffering from bladder cancer. RIP.Remembering the good times with you, Vinod. Right from films to politics, Vinod Khanna and I sailed together and he leaves behind an entire generation & more of fans, admirers. His father even threatened to shoot him but on the request of his mother Khanna was given two years to prove himself.

He began his career in 1968 film "Mann Ka Meet" and soon became a household name in India, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s when he played the starring role in a number of Bollywood hits. He was called Swami Vinod Bharti during his stay at Osho's commune.

Khanna is survived by his former wife Geetanjali and their sons Akshaye and Rahul, who are now actors, and his present wife Kavita and son Sakshi and daughter Shraddha.

Madhuri Dixit was among the first celebs to comment and she said that the world has lost another talented soul and has sent her condolences to the actor's family.

Vinod Khanna's death has deeply saddened the actor and his anger is completely justified.

He joined Bharatiya Janta Party in 1997 and had served as Union minister of culture and tourism, and minister of state for external affairs.

Vinod Khanna's Amar Akbar Anthony co-star Amitabh Bachchan was shocked by the news and left a Sarkar 3 promotional event mid-way to visit the hospital. Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dilwale was his last big screen appearance.

Hailed for his work in some of best Hindi films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Qurbani, Mere Apne, Mr. Khanna's "angry young man" portrayal was admired by many over the years.

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