Bollywood veteran actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Vinod Khanna died on Thursday at the age of 70 after battling cancer – Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital revealed that the veteran actor breathed his last at 11.20 am due to advanced bladder carcinoma. But whoever has seen or known the legendary actor has been blown away by his flamboyance. His life has been an open book for decades as he spanned the entertainment industry and then took to politics. However, there are many lesser known facts about the great actor and this one will really grab eye-balls – in his long career, Khanna also ventured into the small screen industry in the year 2007 and played the male lead role of ‘Kashinath’ in the TV serial ‘Mere Apne’ which was aired on channel 9X, as reported by Indian Express.
The surprise is that he acted opposite the current Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani. The serial was aired for just one year and for four days a week. It was first aired on 12th November 2007 and ended in the year 2008. Mere Apne was a family saga, that was based on a story of a family that stayed together against all odds and the family was headed by Kashinath played by Vinod Khanna, whereas Smriti Irani essayed the role of his wife.
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Khanna, the actor-turned-politician, was known for his distinct style and persona. He had appeared in approximately 141 films and rose to fame with his negative characters initially and thereafter a hero. In his illustrious film career that spanned over five decades, he featured in more than 100 films including ‘Insaaf’, ‘Mere Apne’ and ‘Amar, Akbar, Anthony’. He breathed his last at 11:20 am today morning after a prolonged illness. After his death, Smriti Irani took to Twitter to condole his death.