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Life and times of veteran actor-BJP politician Vinod Khanna

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    File picture of BJP MP Vinod Khanna

    Vinod Khanna, the yesteryears Bollywood superstar who has worked in over 100 movies, died at the age of 70. He was battling cancer

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    Vinod Khanna and Narendra Modi

    For almost five decades, Vinod Khanna ruled the Hindi film world with his lush sideburns and dimpled chin, despite an active career in politics that began in 1997

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    Him with Ravi Shankar Prasad, JP Nadda, Shatrughan Sinha

    He got his first break as a hero in "Hum Tum Aur Woh" (1971). Many great films followed, including hits such as "Elaan" and "Mera Gaon Mera Desh"

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    Vinod Khanna along with his wife Kavita

    Khanna shocked his fans when, at the height of his career, he left Bollywood to follow his spiritual guru, Osho Rajneesh, to Oregon in the United States in 1982

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    Performs a puja on their 25th wedding anniversary

    Although married with two children, Akshaye and Rahul (both of whom are actors) he left his wife, Geetanjali, and the sons, to be with Rajneesh. The marriage ended in divorce in 1985

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    Vinod Khanna with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    He fought and won from Gurdaspur in Punjab - a seat that he lost only once in 2009 but won again in the 2014 general elections

    In 2002, Atal Bihari Vajpayee made him his Culture and Tourism minister. He was later given the External Affairs portfolio

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