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Vinod Khanna honoured with posthumous Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

was today named this year's Award winner in a befitting homage to the legend whose is barely a fortnight away.

is the 49th recipient of Award, Indian cinema's highest honour. He is probably the second personality after Prithviraj Kapoor to get the honour posthumously.

The died on April 27 last year at the age of 70 after battling cancer.

Khanna's son, posted a heartfelt message on after the awards were announced today.

"So proud to hear that my dad has been posthumously awarded India's highest honour in cinema, the #DadasahebPhalkeAward at the #NationalFilmAwards!

"As we approach his first death anniversary, it's such a lovely way to celebrate his life and work because, at his core, he wasn't just an but also a lifelong film fan!" wrote.

One of the most handsome stars ever to grace the Indian cinema screens, started off as an antagonist and went on to grow as a performer into the main lead from a supporting actor, after a string of films such as "Purab Aur Paschim", "Aan Milo Sajna", "Sachaa Jhutha" and "Mera Gaon Mera Desh".

The actor had a very successful pairing with They worked together in blockbusters such as "Amar Akbar Anthony", "Parvarish", "Reshma Aur Shera", "Muqaddar Ka Sikandar", "Zameer", "Hera Pheri" and "Khoon Paseena".

He made his Bollywood debut in 1968 film "Mann Ka Meet", which was produced by Sunil Dutt, who was reportedly struck by Khanna's good looks.

Khanna first made a mark as Shyam in Gulzar's 1971 film "Mere Apne", where he stood out as a disillusioned young man.

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

The actor's real life as dramatic as his cinematic career. He shocked fans by abandoning his fame to don orange robes to follow Osho Rajneesh to (US) in 1982.

Khanna, however, returned to cinema five years later and it did not take him long to reclaim his position in the industry. A string of hits followed including "Insaaf" and "Dayavan".

The actor, who was born in a Punjabi family of textile merchants in in 1946, chose to make his political debut in 1997 when he joined the

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

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

Khanna was active in Bollywood till the very end. His last few memorable screen outings were in Salman Khan's "Dabangg" series and Shah Rukh Khan's "Dilwale" in 2015.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 16:10 IST