Shatrughan Sinha Mourns For His Friend Vinod Khanna

“I am in  a state  of shock. I am unable to express myself properly. Vinod was much more than a dear co-star. He was  a colleague and friend. In fact [tooltip id="c1b465420d07c688942ed18eadfd9f92" keyword_color="#000000" background_color="#ffffff"][tooltip id="4db8f5608d45f5de7881d9bce162f4bf"]Salman Khan">[/tooltip][/tooltip] and I were planning to visit him together after Salman’s world tours were over. I went to see Vinod a few days ago in the hospital . But he was fast asleep. I met his brother and three sons and spent time with them. Vinod and I go back a long way. Though he was senior to me  our careers were uncannily similar and on a similar track: villain, then hero, then politician for the BJP….We made all the transitions together. It was said that there were only two villains in Hindi cinema for whom the audience clapped when they roughed up the hero. Vinod Khanna and Shatrughan Sinha.We did one of our earliest and most important films together Gulzar’sMere Apne where we were pitched as friends and enemies. Vinod went on to do many other films with Gulzar Saab. They had a rapport. I was reunited with Vinod for a buddy film called Do Yaar and then we did Bombay 405 Miles and many other films together. I can’t remember the names of all of them. But I do remember that it was always a great pleasure working with Vinod. There was never a sense of competitiveness, rivalry or one-upmanshipbetween  us. He  never felt threatened  by any actor. He was supremely secure in his own space, so secure that he took a 5-year break from acting to live in Oregon with AcharyaRajneesh. When he came  back he was welcomed back with open arms.It was as though he was never gone. I will always remember Vinod as one of my most favourite colleagues.My heart reaches out to his family. His three  sons are  all such fine boys.Vinod was very proud of his children.He was a family man first, career came second.”

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