SHARJAH: The Bollywood industry has many actors who were either born in Peshawar or had family roots in the city of flowers.
Peshawar claims to hold the roots of tragedy king of Bollywood, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Vinod Khanna, Amjad Khan and film producer Surinder Kapoor, the late father of Anil Kapoor.
Peshawaris mourned the sad demise of legendary Bollywood superstar Vinod Khanna, who died on last Thursday at the age of 70, after battling advanced bladder carcinoma.
Vinod Khanna did fulfilled his dream of success, dignity and fame but his dream to visit his birth city Peshawar never materialised.
Its worth mentioning that Vinod also played a key role in Pakistani film Godfather in 2007.
Vinod Khanna, the son of Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna, was born in Peshawar on Oct.6, 1946 to a Punjabi family at Sadar area in Cantonment jurisdiction in Peshawar.
His father had a textile, dyes and chemicals business in Peshawar. Shortly after Vinod was born, the 1947 partition had taken place and his family had to leave for India.
The Gulf Today spoke to the citizens of Peshawar to know their feelings about Vinod Khanna, who died on Thursday.
“Vinod Khanna was one of the gems of Indian film industry who was born in the great city of Peshawar. We are proud that Peshawar has produced such legendary actors of Indian subcontinent. This shows how rich and fertile our land is in performing arts,” said Tauseefur Rahman, Peshawar-based senior journalist.
Peshawar-based Mashriq TV reporter, Kashif Aziz, said that “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa produced many legend and unique actors. That is why the City of Flowers have unique recognition due to some of the top Bollywood artistes who were born here.”
“Vinod Khanna was the most good looking, talented actor and acted in many hit films. But today’s generation doesn’t know about the heroes who did great work in the film industry,” Kashif remarked.
Sajid Takkar of Mashriq TV said, that “Vinod Khanna was one of the greatest artists who earned his name in the film industry due to his hard work and God gifted talent.”
Sajid said that “Vinod Khanna started his career as a villain and was remembered as a angry young men in 1970s. But Later he changed his romantic roles in his hits movies, ” adding that he was the most
Khyber News senior journalist, Amin Mashal Khan, said that “the people of Peshawar offered their heartiest condolences to the family of Vinod Khanna.”
Amin added that “The Pakhtuns are proud of the legendary stars like Viond Khaana, Dilip Kumar and others who were born in Peshawar.”
“In his autograph he sends to Cultural Heritage Council Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he expressed his desire to visit his ancestral city,” Amin said.
In the autograph, which he sent to Cultural Heritage Council, he wrote “I’m absolutely delighted to have met you here in Delhi and exchanged, shared your ideas about Peshawar and the people of Pakistan. I’m also a part of Peshawar as it is my birthplace and family lived there for generations. My best wishes for your visit to India look forward to come your country.”
He signed at the end of the autograph.
Amin said the legendary actor had also sent a request at official level for his visit to Pakistan, especially Peshawar, but his visit was not finalised.