One of India’s most well-known Bollywood actors Vinod Khanna has died aged 70, his hospital has confirmed.
Khanna, also an active politician, had been suffering from cancer and was admitted to hospital earlier this month as his illness became more serious.
He acted in more than 100 Bollywood films and was widely seen as a counterfoil to the “angry young man” played by Amitabh Bachchan.
He was elected to parliament four times and was once a junior foreign minister.
Khanna began his career in 1968 and was a household name in India, particularly during the 1970’s and eighties when he played the starring role in a number of Bollywood hits.
Tributes have been pouring in for Mr Khanna who died after a long illness. The hashtag #VinodKhanna was trending on top of Twitter India on Thursday afternoon.
Heartfelt condolences on. the passing away of Shri Vinod Khanna, a highly talented and acclaimed actor & MP
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) April 27, 2017
Will always remember Vinod Khanna as a popular actor, dedicated leader & a wonderful human. Pained by his demise. My condolences.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 27, 2017
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee led tributes from politicians while many Bollywood celebrities also paid homage.