Bahubali-The Conclusion’s premier show at Mumbai has been called off after the unfortunate demise of Vinod Khanna. The Magnum Opus of Indian cinema, Bahubali series has garnered more attention than any other south Indian film in the history. Its popularity has not just remained within Tollywood, but it spread all across the country.
As the entire nation was gearing up for the release of the second and final part of Bahubali series, Bollywood suffered a massive blow as one of its finest actors in the history, Vinod Khanna took his final breath. According to Mumbai’s HN Reliance Hospital, he breathed his last at 11.20am on Thursday. He was suffering from advanced bladder carcinoma (bladder cancer).
“Doctors and family were expecting a recovery but somehow his condition escalated and he succumbed today afternoon,” said a hospital source.
He was hospitalised in April first week due to severe dehydration but was later said to be stable and responding positively to treatment. Vinod, who was a sitting Bharatiya Janata Party member of the Lok Sabha from the Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab, was admitted to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Girgaon, Mumbai.
Distributor of the Hindi version of Bahubali, Karan Johar has been a very close associate with the Khanna family and as a mark of respect for the deceased, they have decided to cancel the premier show that was scheduled for today at Mumbai. However, premier shows in Hyderabad, Chennai and other south Indian cities will go as per the schedule.
Karan Johar took to Twitter to announce that the entire team of Bahubali has decided to cancel the premier show. His tweet read “As a mark of respect to our beloved Vinod Khanna the entire team of Baahubali has decided to cancel the premiere tonight.”
As a mark of respect to our beloved Vinod Khanna the entire team of Baahubali has decided to cancel the premiere tonight…
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 27, 2017
That indeed was a great gesture by Karan Johar and team to pay homage to one of India’s finest actors. Its not easy to cancel an event related with one of the biggest films of Indian history, which many tout as the one which will become the first Indian film to cross the Rs. 1000 Crore barrier.