Vinod Khanna Height, Weight, Age, Death Cause, Wife, Biography & More

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Real NameVinod Khanna
NicknameSexy Sanyasi
ProfessionActor, producer, politician
Physical Stats & More
Height (Approx.)in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 10”
Weight (Approx.)in Kilograms- 88 kg
in Pounds- 194 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth6 October 1946
Date of Death27 April 2017
Age (as on 27 April 2017)70 Years
Birth PlacePeshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)
Place of DeathHN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre, Girgaon, Mumbai
Death CauseCancer
Zodiac sign/Sun signLibra
SignatureVinod Khanna signature
HometownMumbai, Maharashtra
SchoolSt. Mary's School, Mumbai
St. Xavier's High School, Fort, Mumbai
Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, Delhi
Barnes School, Deolali, Nashik
CollegeSydenham College, Delhi
Educational QualificationsDegree in Commerce
DebutFilm: Man Ka Meet (1969)
Vinod Khanna debut film poster
Political: Vinod Khanna joined the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in 1997 and was elected from the Gurdaspur constituency in the 1998 Lok Sabha Polls.
FamilyFather- Kishanchand Khanna (Textiles Businessman)
Mother- Kamla Khanna
Brothers- Pramod Khanna
Sister- 3
Address13/C Elpallazo, Little Gibbs Road, Malabar Hills, Mumbai
HobbiesNot Known
Controversies• During the shoot of Mahesh Bhatt's "Prem Dharam (1992)", a steamy bed scene between leads Vinod Khanna and actress Dimple Kapadia left the latter embarrassed. Reportedly, Khanna continued with kissing Dimple even after the director shouted 'Cut'. Things turned worse when the crew had to forcefully pull Khanna out of the bed. Later, the actor apologized to Dimple stating that he had lost control over his senses as he was drunk.
• Vinod Khanna and Madhuri Dixit's intimate scene in the film Dayavan (1988) created quite a stir at the time of the movie's release. The fans were reportedly upset by the fact that Khanna was around 20-years older than Madhuri.
Favourite Things
Favourite DirectorsPrakash Mehra, Mahmohan Desai, Raj Khosla, Feroz Khan
Favourite ActorsDilip Kumar, Marlon Brando
Favourite FilmMughal-E-Azam (1960)
Favourite ColourBlack
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/Girlfriends Amrita Singh, Actress
Vinod Khanna dated Amrita Singh
Spouse(s)Gitanjali (m.1971-1985)
Vinod Khanna first wife Gitanjali
Kavita Daftary, Businesswoman (m.1990-present)
Vinod Khanna with second wife Kavita
Marriage Date15 May 1990 (with Kavita Daftary)
ChildrenSons- Rahul Khanna (Elder), Akshaye Khanna (Both Actors),
Vinod Khanna with wife Kavita, sons Akshaye Khanna (extreme left) and Rahul Khanna (second from left)
Sakshi Khanna (Son from present wife)
Vinod Khanna third son Sakshi Khanna
Daughter- Shraddha Khanna (Daughter from present wife)
Vinod Khanna with wife Kavita and daughter Shraddha

young Vinod Khanna

Some Lesser Known Facts About Vinod Khanna

  • Does Vinod Khanna smoke: No (used to smoke)
  • Does Vinod Khanna drink alcohol: No
  • Khanna was born in a Punjabi family. Soon after his birth, the country underwent partition and his family migrated from Peshawar to Mumbai.
  • Khanna aspired to be an engineer at first; however, his father admitted him to a commerce college so that he could assist in carrying the family business (of textiles) forward.
  • He was never interested in getting a commerce degree and hence started participating in other co-curricular activities in college, one of which was “theater”.
  • During the same time, he fell in love with one of her theater mates named Gitanjali. After a few months of courtship, the couple decided to get married as soon as they find some employment.
  • In an interview, Khanna revealed that his father never supported any decision that he made. When Khanna told his father that he wanted to act, his father pointed a gun at him and said that Khanna would breathe his last if he goes against his father’s decision. However, her mother intervened and eventually convinced the ‘head of the family’, but with a condition that if Khanna fails to establish himself even after a period of two years, he would then join the family business.
  • Fortunately for Khanna, within a week of release of his debut film, Mann Ki Baat, the actor had as many as 15 film offers on the table.
  • In a weird move, Khanna completely abandoned his acting career in 1982 and became a disciple of spiritual guru- Osho. For this purpose, he immigrated to “Rajneeshpuram”, Osho’s commune in the United States, where he stayed for about five years, and became the latter’s “gardener”.Vinod Khanna with Osho
  • Back here, his wife, Gitanjali, and their sons- Akshaye and Rahul felt completely deserted. As a result, the couple eventually divorced and Khanna joined the film industry again.
  • Khanna’s 1980 Blockbuster film, Qurbani, was first offered to Amitabh Bachchan. The latter, however, denied the offer and his ‘loss’ became Khanna’s ‘gain.’
  • Interestingly, Sanjay Dutt’s debut film, Rocky, was first offered to Vinod Khanna.
  • Although the film industry was booming with the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Dharmendra and Jackie Shroff, Khanna still managed to become the second highest paid actor from 1987-1994.
  • In July 2002, Khanna was appointed the Union Minister for culture and tourism.