Vinod Khanna is the recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2018.
Vinod Khanna, a politician and actor. Who passed away on April 27, 2017, at the age of 70 due to bladder cancer. In the recent 35th National Film Award, Vinod Khanna was posthumously awarded by the Dadasaheb Phalke Award – the highest honour in Hindi cinema
This award was given to his son Rahul Khanna. After receiving the award, his son Rahul Khanna tweeted it and said, “So proud to hear that my father has been posthumously awarded India’s highest honor in cinema, the #DadasahebPhalkeAward at the #NationalFilmAwards!”.
In the 70s when commercial films were the buzz word, Vinod dared to do something extremely radical when he signed to play second fiddle to Hema Malini in Gulzar’s Meera. It was a role that required him to don the attire of Rajput king. Another gamble he took for the film was the fact that the film’s release was slated after the mega success of Mukkadar Ka Sikandar. Any other actor would have used all his power and clout to postpone the release of the film but Vinod did none of it.
The films he signed for Mahesh Bhatt too were a deviation. Though Mahesh Bhatt tried his best to encash the star person of the actor in his films but so different was the treatment meted out to the films that star Vinod Khanna was everytime edged out by actor Vinod Khanna.
Who does not know Khanna? Vinod Khanna has given more than one hit film to Hindi cinema. Under the chairmanship of filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, the jury of the 65th National Film Awards decided to present this award to Vinod Khanna.
Khanna has given more than one hit film to Hindi film industry. Among them are Insaf, Chandni, Amar Akbar Anthony and many other hit films.