Veteran actor Vinod Khanna breathed his last today after battling cancer for long. The actor’s last movie released last Friday titled Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi. The movie, a biopic on the life of Rajmata Of Gwalior, featured Hema Malini in the lead role. The movie got completed in 2010 but could not see release due to a number of reasons. The movie got released after many years bringing a relief to the cast and crew of the movie.

Before  Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi, Vinod Khanna and Hema Malini shared screen space in movies like Patthar aur Payal, Haath Ki Safaai, Rihaee and Meera. Speaking about working with him again, Hema Malini had once said, “He has played my hero as well as a villain. And now, he plays my husband in Ek Thi Rani Aisi Bhi“.

In the movie, Vinod essayed the role of Jivajirao Scindia, who married Rajmata Of Gwalior- Vijaya Raje Scindia. Though the movie chronicled the story of how Vijaya Raje Scindia wanted to form an identity of hers beyond the royal life, Vinod’s role was equally powerful.

Hema Malini in Ek Rani Thi Aisi Bhi (Courtesy: Twitter/@kavita_sharma24)

Hema Malini in Ek Rani Thi Aisi Bhi (Courtesy: Twitter/@kavita_sharma24)

Owing to his old age and rare appearances in the public, it was reported that this movie would be the last one he would be seen in. Vinod Khanna was also seen in Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale and Salman Khan’s Dabangg 2. When news of his ailing health surfaced, Salman Khan reportedly paid a visit to his on-screen father from Dabangg. 

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Apart from this, all fans of the veteran actor prayed for his speedy recovery. But, as we know now that didn’t happen. What Vinod has left behind is a legacy of his movies that will be celebrated by cine lovers for many years. The characters he played on-screen connected with the masses and made him one of the most loved actors of this times.

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