A picture making rounds on social media recently shows a very pale and weak-looking Vinod Khanna dressed in a hospital gown, leaning on his wife for support. The attached message that did the rounds along with the photo claims that the veteran actor is suffering from cancer.
Vinod Khanna, the dashing superstar who gave tough competition to none other than Amitabh Bachchan at one time, is barely recognizable in the viral photo. The MP (Gurdaspur Constituency) had reportedly informed supporters that his absence during the Punjab Elections and thereafter was because of having to undergo treatment for cancer. He said that he was revealing the news about his cancer on account of being a public figure. His family is however, yet to confirm the news.
The hospital that he was admitted in refused to comment on the cancer scare as well, stating only that the 70-year old actor was suffering from severe dehydration. Their official statement read, “The actor was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital on Friday with severe dehydration. He is under the care of our doctors and has responded positively to the treatment and is now stable. His family thanks his well-wishers for the good wishes and requests to respect their privacy.”
Rahul Khanna, Vinod Khanna’s son had issued a statement saying his father was suffering from dehydration and that they were most grateful for the “extraordinary care” he’d been receiving at the hospital. He said the situation had been brought under control quickly, and that doctors are hoping to discharge him very soon. He thanked all supporters and well-wishers of his father for standing by him.
There was an incredible outpouring of shock amongst various Bollywood celebrities worried about the health of Vinod Khanna, who recently appeared in Dilwale starring Shah Rukh khan. Among those gravely concerned was actor Irrfan Khan, who even offered to donate one of his organs to Vinod Khanna. He was speaking at the trailer launch of “Hindi Medium”, his upcoming movie.
Whatever the true reasons for his ill-health we wish Vinod Khanna, a legendary actor in his own right, a speedy recovery. There is undoubtedly so much more the actor has to offer to the film industry.