PESHAWAR, April 27 (APP): Legendry Indian film industry super star, Vinod Khanna, who died on Thursday at the age of 70 in Mumbai due to protacted illness, had roots in Peshawar.
“Late Vinod Khanna was the son of Mehr Chand Khanna, a prominent
businessman and former minister in Congress party. He was born in
Peshawar on October 6, 1946 at Sardar area in Cantonment
jurisdiction,” Muhammad Ibrahim Zia, a known film historian from
Talking to APP, Zia said he met Vinod Khanna in 2014 during a
visit to India as being a member of the delegation which went to
inquire after the health of the top Indian film industry legend,
Dilip Kumar, who also belonged to Peshawar.
During the visit, we had a meeting with Vinod Khanna in New Delhi,
who was very happy over reunion with people of his birth place
(Peshawar), Zia recalled.
He said Mehr Chand Khanna, father of Vinod Khanna, was a well
off person of Peshawar and had migrated to India in 1947. At the time
of migration, Vinod Khanna was an infant, but he had love for
his birth city.
Zia recalled that in the late 1990s during a function held in Dubai
Vinod Khanna had announced on the stage with pride that he was a ‘Peshawari.’
Zia said the ancestral home of Vinod Khanna was intact and
presently in use of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chapter of APWA
(All Pakistan Women’s Association).
During the meeting with Vinod Khanna, Zia said, the delegation
presented him gifts including ‘Peshawar Chappal’ (sandals) and
traditional dress, which he accepted very happily. Zia said he
also presented a copy of his book, Peshawar Key Funkar (Artists of Peshawar), to the legend star.
The book gives detailed history of big screen actors
who belonged to Peshawar and worked in different film industries
during the last 100 years.
Shakeel Waheedullah, General Secretary Cultural Heritage Council KP,
who was also part of the delegation which met the Indian actor in 2014.
“During his autograph, Vinod Khanna had extended his good wishes
to people of Peshawar and expressed desire to visit his
ancestral city,” he added.
Vinod wanted to visit Peshawar to see his home and area
where his parents and forefathers used to dwell, Shakeed told
He said he had also sent a request at official level for his
visit to Pakistan, especially Peshawar, but his visit was not
Shakeel said the Cultural Heritage Council would soon hold a
reference in memory of late Vinod Khanna to pay homage and to
apprise the people of Peshawar that the Indian film legend
belonged to their city.
Vinod Khanna started his film carrier in 1968 and performed in more than 140 films. His best performance was in films like `Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Imtihaan, Inkaar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Qurbani, Dayavaan and Jurm.
He also showed his debut in politics and was elected as member
of parliament from Gurdaspur in 1997 on Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP)
ticket. In July 2002, he was made Union Minister for Culture and
A recent picture of Vinod Khanna, showing him seriously ill, left
his fans in shock. He was suffering from advanced bladder
carcinoma and died on Thursday.