I actually am going to have some difficulty with Khanna week because I realize now I've blogged about Vinod Khanna a lot already. And while I realize nobody but me reads every post in this blog (as most of us read even our most favourite blogs somewhat selectively), I'd hate to repeat myself. There's only so many words you can use to shower appreciation onto an actor.
So instead I'm going to loan other people's words. To start off Khanna-o-Rama, I have scoured the internet (yes, ALL OF IT) to find these gems.
Call 'em testimonials, shall we?
#1 - vinod khanna runs like LION
world's most handsome man of our time - from youtube
Hands down my favourite quote about Vinod Khanna, ever. How does one run like a lion? Majestically? Or on all fours?
#2 - Later, while he was pursuing his commerce studies at a college in Mumbai, the legendary Sunil Dutt offered him a role in his forthcoming Man Ka Meet. His decision to do a film invited the wrath of his father, who threatened to throw him out of the house, if he dared to enter the tinsel town. But destiny willed otherwise and he went to act in the film. The film was a success and his family too reconciled with the choice of his profession. - from santabanta
Not gonna snark this one, just thought it was interesting.
#3 - I've read that Vinod Khanna had a training in wrestling with a celebrated pehlavan, Shyamlal. So, he has not the 'sculpture' body of Steeve Reeves or Richard Harrison (and, following them, today's hunks), but it is why he is a bit 'massive' till today, like Dara Singh and his brother, because he was trained as a pahlavan, and you do not loose so easily your hard training ...
And he's gorgeous, has a great personnality and acting skills to, by the way ... :o) - from youtube
This was in response to this video. Educational!
#4: This is when men looked like men (Vinod, Amitabh, Dharamendra). Today's actors look like cockroaches on steroids. - from youtube
Most of youtube agrees: Vinod Khanna is hot.
#5: Vinod Khanna hamlet of indian film industry - off the Facebook group VINOD KHANNA LOVERS
Dude, totally -- no wait, what?! He's the prince of Denmark?
(Side-note: Amusingly enough, I grabbed a lot of photos off that FB group and also noticed they have a TON of my own screencaps up there. I love it when that happens. It's a small internet!)
#6: Vinod Khanna, Non Nude Vinod Khanna Pictures - from a gallery page off rumela.com
Must you really specify? I mean, really?
#7: Gorgeous Vinod Khann-India's James Bond - from youtube
Wait, Vinod Khanna has a license to kill?! Is that ..legal? Has he been a secret agent all these years? Is he the Hamlet AND the James Bond of Bollywood? Is that ..legal?
#8: If you had spoken to the stuntmen during the days of ´Mera Gaon Mera Desh´ (1971), they would have told you how Khanna was tougher than his senior, Jat hero Dharmendra. Few people know that Vinod Khanna readily agreed to be badly beaten and bloodied in a fight scene with Dharam. But physical toughness apart, Khanna is known to have a tough mind, stubborn not prone to admitting defeat. - from PlanetBollywood
Another educational (though no doubt exaggerated) tidbit!
#9: There was a cliche in the ’80s that when you didn’t find anyone else for a role, there always was Vinod Khanna. He is not known to have let down his producers, ever. - from ScreenIndia
Um, wouldn't that mean he as the last resort? But the second line seems to suggest he was actually desired as a lead. Confusing. Also, which part of the 80's? These things matter.
#10: The residence of film star-turned-politician Vinod Khanna at Chanakyapuri here appears to be turning into a "hot spot" for snakes. For the third time in less than a year, a snake was found inside the premises this evening. - from The Hindu
I would pay so much money to get a Bollywood Snakes on a Plane remake starring Vinod. I'm not even kidding.