In 2006, Vinod Khanna opened up about his alleged rivalry with Amitabh Bachchan on NDTV's Bombay Talkies, and said: "I think we both worked very cordially with each other. But of course were both very different in the sense of the roles we portrayed on screen. We complemented each other. Both were very wary of the scripts and both would be very sure about each other's roles - that nobody's getting more and somebody's getting less. And accordingly we did those films together and could have gone on and on till I quit the industry." Mr Khanna also added: "I think it's the media that created the rivalry. We were friends, we're still friends but yes with the fan following everybody used to talk...Amitabh Bachchan/Vinod Khanna.."
A while ago, this old picture of Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna in cricket whites at a charity match went viral.
Mr Bachchan posted this tweet, believed to refer to Vinod Khanna, days earlier when rumours that Mr Khanna had died were wrongly circulated.
T 2486 - Strange is it not, that the passing of the near and dear and colleagues, coerces one to start questioning one's own longevity ! pic.twitter.com/Bm6KMFSKTt? Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 6, 2017
Several of Vinod Khanna's other friends and colleagues - co-stars Hema Malini, Rishi Kapoor and Shatrughan Sinha, actor Rajinikanth, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and others - have reacted with grief. Mr Kapoor and Mr Sinha posted tweets mourning their former co-star. Sanjay Dutt, son of actor Sunil Dutt in whose 1968 film Man Ka Meet Mr Khanna made his debut, released a statement.
Sad loss today of a wonderful human being, a classy actor & a dear friend & co star.His last film with me was Ek Thi Rani. RIP Vinod Khanna? Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) April 27, 2017
Will miss you Amar. RIP. pic.twitter.com/WC0zt71R4J? Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 27, 2017
Vinod Khanna, truly "Mere Apne", one of my most admired and loved personalities, the supremely handsome & talented superstar is no more..1>2? Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) April 27, 2017
Right from films to politics, Vinod Khanna & I sailed together and he leaves behind an entire generation & more of fans, admirers...2>3? Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) April 27, 2017
..friends, well wishers & loved ones grieving after him. May his noble soul find solace in the land of the almighty. Love you, miss you..3>4? Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) April 27, 2017
Vinod Khanna's funeral was held at Malabar Hills, Mumbai today.
Vinod Khanna, who was a sitting Member of Parliament, is survived by his wife Kavita and four children. His sons Rahul and Akshaye are also actors.