Vinod Khanna – Rest in Peace

If I were to like someone besides Amitabh Bachchan in Hindi Cinema of Seventies as a dear and a favourite actor, it was indeed Vinod Khanna.. his looks and dashing personality helped him score over both Rajesh Khanna & Dharmendra – the other two big contemporaries… the reason probably could have been the fact that he was one of the most successful actor alongside brother Amitabh Bachchan.. though the two did appear first in Reshma Aur Shera yet it was Khoon Pasina, Zameer, Hera Pheri, Parvarish, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar and Amar Akbar Anthony that the duo produced magic on Hindi cinema screens.. I believe that the two were at their career best in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.. yet Vinod Khanna as Tiger attracted my attention for the first time as someone with huge talent.. I had not seen Mera Gaon Mera Desh till then.. but had heard he was quite extraordinary in the film.. which he truly was..

Mere Apne is one of the first film where he appeared as a hero.. though still an anti-hero.. Achanak, Imtihaan and Qurbani are among other favourite movies where he was almost flawless.. he would be missed sorely.. and yes it was during the shoot of Man Ka Meet his first outing in the films that my father had a chance to read his palm.. all we know of that is that he was to become a great actor.. that he might even become a sanyasi and might also get into politics.. my father would hardly tell anything more of the meeting.. yet we all know how true were his predictions about the most handsome face of Hindi Cinema.. I wish I could go and offer him my last prayers yet I know I may not really be able to make it.. it is all right..

रूपये में सोलह गाने – विनोद खन्ना को श्रद्धांजलि

1. हम तुम्हें चाहते है ऐसे – कुर्बानी
2. रुक जाना नहीं तू कहीं हार के – इम्तिहान
3. कोई होता जिसको अपना – मेरे अपने
4. प्यार ज़िंदगी है – मुकद्दर का सिकंदर
5. जब कोई बात बिगड़ जाये – जुर्म
6. ज़िंदगी तो वेवफ़ा है – मुकद्दर का सिकंदर
7. लगी आज सावन की – चांदनी
8. अनहोनी को होनी कर दें – अमर अकबर एंथनी
9. हमको तुमसे हो गया है प्यार – अमर अकबर एंथनी
10. हम प्रेमी प्रेम करना जानें – परवरिश
11. किस किस को दिखाउं – मेरा गांव मेरा देश
12. दरबार में उपर वाले के – हेरा फेरी
13. हाल चाल ठीकठाक है – मेरे अपने
14. चाहिये थोड़ा प्यार – लहू के दो रंग
15. आज फिर तुम पे प्यार आया है – दयावान
16. कुर्बानी कुर्बानी कुर्बानी अल्लाह को प्यारी है – कुर्बानी

Abhaya Sharma April 27 2017

Rest in Peace Sir..

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