Born in Amritsar in a wealthy family, Mehra moved to Bombay as a child because of his father’s business. Following a major failure in his business, Vinod’s father abandoned the family, leaving his mother to fend for herself and her children. Vinod Mehra started his career onscreen as a child artist, playing the junior Kishore Kumar in both Raagini (1958) and Bewaqoof (1960). In 1971, he debuted as an adult actor in Ek Thi Reeta opposite Tanuja. He continued acting over the next few years with Elaan (1971), Amar Prem (1971) and Lal Patthar (1971), but it was with Anuraag (1972) that he finally found firm footing as an actor.
Despite his looks and his acting skills, Vinod Mehra never made it big as a hero. He soon became the go-to person to play a friend, brother or uncle to the hero. Sharing screen-space with top stars of the time like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna and Sanjeev Kumar, he acted in more than 100 movies in a career spanning the early 1970s through 1990. Some of his prominent films include Anurodh (1977), Ghar (1978), Amar Deep (1979), Sajan Bina Suhagan (1978) and Bemisal (1982).
At the time of his untimely demise at the age of 45, Vinod Mehra had just turned producer and director with Guru Dev (1993), starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor. He left behind his pregnant wife Kiran—his son Rohan was born after his death—and his daughter Soniya. Both of his previous marriages to Meena Broca and the actress Bindiya Goswami ended in divorces. He is also rumoured to have been married to the actress Rekha for a brief period.
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