विनोद मेहरा (मृत्यु- 30 अक्टूबर, 1990, मुम्बई)
विनोद मेहरा (अंग्रेजी: Vinod Mehra; जन्म- 13 फरवरी, 1945, अमृतसर; मृत्यु- 30 अक्टूबर, 1990, मुम्बई) भारतीय सिनेमा के अभिनेता थे। इन्होंने 100 से अधिक फ़िल्मों में अभिनय किया था। वर्ष 1958 फ़िल्म रजनी में एक बाल कलाकार के रूप में किशोर कुमार की भूमिका निभाने वाले चरित्र के छोटे संस्करण के रूप में मेहरा की शुरुआत हुई।
विनोद मेहरा का जन्म 13 फरवरी, 1945 को अमृतसर में हुआ था। इन्होंने तीन शादियाँ की थी। मीना ब्रोका इनकी पहली पत्नी थी। बिंदिया गोस्वामी इनकी दूसरी पत्नी जिनके साथ विनोद ने कई फ़िल्मों में काम किया। किरण विनोद मेहरा की तीसरी पत्नी थी। किरण और विनोद की एक बेटी सोनिया और एक बेटा रोहन है।
मुख्य लेख : विनोद मेहरा का फ़िल्मी सफ़र
विनोद मेहरा के फ़िल्म करियर के मौसम को खुशनुमा बनाने में अभिनेत्री मौसमी चटर्जी का योगदान रहा है। शक्ति सामंत की फ़िल्म अनुराग (1972) में मौसमी चटर्जी और विनोद मेहरा पहली बार साथ आए। मौसमी ने एक दृष्टिहीन युवती का रोल संजीदगी के साथ किया था। विनोद एक आदर्शवादी नायक थे और अपने पिता की इच्छा के विरुद्ध वह मौसमी से शादी करना चाहते थे। इसके बाद फ़िल्म उस पार (बसु चटर्जी), दो झूठ (जीतू ठाकुर) तथा स्वर्ग नरक (दसारी नारायण राव) में मौसमी के नायक बने।
Vinod Mehra (13 February 1945 – 30 October 1990) was an Indian actor in Bollywood films. He started out as a child actor in the late 1950s before starting his film career as an adult in 1971. He acted in over 100 films from the 1970s through to his death at the age of 45 in 1990. He was also the producer and director of the film Gurudev which was released 3 years after his death.
Mehra made his debut in the 1958 film Raagni as a child artist playing the younger version of the character played by Kishore Kumar. After playing a few more minor roles as a child, he started his film career as an adult in 1971 with Ek Thi Rita, a smash hit based on the English play, 'A Girl Called Rita', along with Tanuja. He was one of finalists in the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare from more than ten thousand contestants. He lost the contest to Rajesh Khanna and became male runner up of the contest. He was an executive with Goldfield Mercantile Company till the time he became runner up in the contest. He joined the film industry after being spotted by Roop K Shorey at Bombay’s Gaylord restaurant.
This was followed by the film Parday Ke Peechhay opposite debutant Yogeeta Bali followed by Elaan (with Rekha), Amar Prem (1972) and Lal Patthar, though it was only Shakti Samanta's Anuraag (1972) with Maushmi Chatterjee, which established him as an actor. He went on to appear in over 100 films in his career spanning over two decades. He played the lead role in his earlier films but often acted in many multi-starrers as the secondary lead or played supporting roles such as a brother, friend, uncle, father and police officer. He worked with many actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Sunil Dutt and Dharmendra. His frequent female co-stars included Rekha, Maushmi Chatterjee, Yogeeta Bali, Shabana Azmi and Bindiya Goswami.
Some of his prominent films were Nagin, Jaani Dushman, Ghar, Swarg Narak, Kartavya, Saajan Bina Suhagan, Jurmana, Ek Hi Raasta, Ye Kaisa Insaaf Sweekar Kiya Maine and Khud-Daar. He received Filmfare Nominations as Best Supporting Actor for Anurodh (1977), Amar Deep (1979), and Bemisal (1982). He also played the leading role in a Punjabi film Maujaan Dubai Diyaan in 1985.
He turned producer and director with the film Gurudev in the late 1980s, with Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor in the lead. He died of a heart attack before completion of the film at the age of 45 in October 1990. The film was released in 1993 after director Raj Sippy completed the film.
Many of his delayed films were released after his death and dedicated to his memory such as Patthar Ke Phool (1991 film), Insaniyat (1994) and Aurat Aurat Aurat (1996).
Vinod Mehra's daughter Soniya Mehra has acted in a few films and son Rohan Mehra is making his debut in Nikhil Advani's Baazaar.