Bollywood woke up to the shocking news of Vinod Khanna’s death yesterday. Many Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff and his wife Ayesha Shroff attended the late actor’s funeral.
Post this, the senior Bachchan took to his blog to pen down an emotional message over the loss of a friend.
“Motionless .. still .. eyes shut in perpetuity .. a form on wooden logs .. covered .. flames about .. and a life turned to ashes,” Amitji wrote.
He then went on to describe the first time he saw the actor. “I first saw him entering the Ajanta Arts office in Bandra, of Sunil Dutt, where I was making my way to seek a job .. a most good looking handsome young man .. a body in elegant frame .. a swagger in his walk .. and a gentle smile as he looked towards me .. it was 1969 .. he was working in the Ajanta Arts film, ‘Man ka Meet’ .. I was struggling to get a role, any role, anywhere, wrote Big B.
Further, Mr. Bachchan reminisced both good and the bad times he had spent with the legendary actor.
“In time we met again within the same precincts .. he and I were working in the same film of Dutt Saheb, ‘Reshma aur Shera’ .. look trials in the office of the film .. travel and sittings on the story .. Thapa saheb, Ali Raza, Sukhdev and those all night meets, most novel for me .. my first brush with the way the film industry functioned .. the time for the shoot and the excitement of travel on a location in Jaisalmer .. the months we spent together and after .. driving in the scorching heat of the deserts of Rajasthan to the location, Pochina, in the sands of nowhere near civilisation .. living under one tent - Vinod, Ranjit, Thapa Saheb, Ali Raza saheb about seven of us in the same tent .. then similar number at a make shift residence in the city of Jaisalmer - Amrish Puri joining us in that room filled with all of us, living laughing, working .. carefree days .. the rigors of that location and its environs ..On return from the location his continued connect with me .. he a big star .. but always most humble with selfless concern for others .. the rides he would take me on, in his recently acquired Beetle VolksWagen, yellow in color .. his generosity in smuggling me into the only Disco Club in the city at the Taj, where he was a member, and I not even remotely in any state to become one .. his marriage to Geetanjali, whom he and we all fondly called Gitly .. the birth of his sons, Rahul and Akshay, whom he often brought on to the sets of Amar Akbar Anthony,” an emotional Big B wrote.
He also mentioned about the guilt-ridden incident with Vinodji. “That guilt-ridden incident when I had to fling a glass in a scene towards him and it accidentally hitting his chin, cutting him open right through to his teeth .. the remorse regret and guilt within me to date for that unforgiving accident .. rushing him to his doctor, late at night, getting stitched up, driving with him to his house to settle him in and to just keep apologising for this horrific accidental slip,” Big B wrote.
Earlier in the day, it was also reported that the actor had left an interview mid-way to visit the hospital as soon as he heard the news of Vinod Ji’s death. Vinod Khanna died in a Mumbai’s hospital at the age of 70 on Thursday morning.
Vinod Ji’s death has definitely left a void which is impossible to fill.