Now, a Bio-pic on Vinod Khanna
Filmmaker JP Dutta is planning a film on his close friend Vinod Khanna who passed away last year
They were inseparable friends during Vinod Khanna’s lifetime. Filmmaker J P Dutta made three films with the star-actor. JP Dutta also gave a new lease of life to Vinod Khanna’s son Akshaye Khanna in Border after the latter’s first film Himalayputra tanked. But J P Dutta’s relationship with Vinod Khanna went far deeper than a professional association.
Says JP, “We were inseparable, emotionally, that is. Vinod is the brother that I lost in the airforce. When I directed my first film Sarhad it was based on my brother Deepak. And Vinod played the lead. Unfortunately, that film got shelved. It will always remain my favourite film. After several years I made my directorial debut with Ghulami. Unfortunately for me, Vinod quit cinema and left for the US to be with Acharya Rajneesh in Oregon. I had to replace him with Dharmendra. But through all his exits and comebacks we remained very close friends.”
Vinod Khanna’s death left an irreplaceable vacuum in J P’s heart. “I first lost my mother when I was very young. Then my brother went suddenly. Then my father. Then Vinod….Bichde sabhi baari baari.”
JP is now planning a biopic on the actor-politicians who lived his life on his own terms. “And always lived life king-size. It could be no other way for Vinod,” says JP fondly.