Feroz Khan in 2005
Zulfiqar Ali Shah Khan
25 September 1939
|Died||27 April 2009 (aged 69)|
|Other names||Clint Eastwood of India|
|Occupation||Actor, film editor, producer, director|
(m. 1965; div. 1985)
|Children||2, including Fardeen Khan|
|Awards||Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.|
Feroz Khan (25 September 1939 - 27 April 2009), born Zulfiqar Ali Shah Khan, was an Indian actor, film editor, producer and director, who is best known for his work in hindi cinema. He appeared in over 60 films throughout his career, and became one of Bollywood's popular style icons. Khan is best known for his roles in films such as Safar (1970), Mela (1971), Upaasna (1971), Apradh (1972), Khotte Sikkay (1974), Kala Sona (1975), Dharmatma (1975), and Qurbani (1980). He also directed and acted in films such as Janbaaz (1986), Dayavan (1988), Meet Mere Man Ke (1991), Yalgaar (1992), Janasheen (2003), and Welcome (2007).He won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Aadmi Aur Insaan in 1970, and was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
Feroz Khan was born on 25 September 1939 in Bangalore, India, to an Afghan immigrant. His father belonged to Tanoli tribe from Ghazni province of Afghanistan while his mother was of Iranian ancestry.
Khan was educated at Bishop Cotton Boys' School, Bangalore and St. Germain High School, Bangalore. His brothers are Abbas Khan, Shahrukh Shah Ali Khan, Semir Khan and Akbar Khan. He is Tanoli by caste. His sisters are Khurshid Shahnavar and Dilshad Begum Sheikh, popularly known as Dilshad Bibi. After his schooling in Bangalore, he traveled to Mumbai where he made his debut as second lead in Didi in 1960.
Through the early 1960s and 1970s, he made low-budget thrillers opposite starlets. In 1962, he appeared in an English-language film titled Tarzan Goes to India opposite Simi Garewal. His first big hit was in 1965, with Phani Majumdar's Oonche Log (1965), where he was pitted against screen idols Raaj Kumar and Ashok Kumar; he gave a notable sensitive performance. It was followed by more small budget hit films like Samson, Ek Sapera Ek Lootera and Char Darvesh. Again, in the same year, he played a sacrificing lover in the mushy musical Arzoo, starring Sadhana. With this, Khan started to receive A-list second leads. With the film Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969), Khan won his first Filmfare award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. His other hit films were Khotey Sikkay, Geeta Mera Naam, Pyasi Sham, Shankar Shambhu and Safar. He appeared alongside his real-life brother Sanjay Khan in the hit films Upaasna (1967), Mela (1971) and Nagin (1976).
He became a successful producer and director in 1971 so as to improve his career opportunities as a leading man with his first directorial film Apradh, which was the first Indian movie showing auto racing in Germany; Mumtaaz was his co-star. He produced, directed and starred in the 1975 film Dharmatma, which was the first Indian film to be shot in Afghanistan and was also his first blockbuster hit as producer, director and star and marked the appearance of actress Hema Malini in a glamorous avatar. This movie was inspired by the Hollywood film The Godfather.
Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, he was a leading Bollywood star, directing and starring in many of his films. He also starred in the Punjabi film Bhagat Dhanna Jat (1974). The 1980 film Qurbani, with Zeenat Aman, was the biggest hit of his career and launched the singing career of iconic Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan, with her memorable track "Aap Jaisa Koi". In 1986, he directed and starred in Janbaaz, a box office hit, which some consider to be one of his best movies, featured an all-star cast and possessed great songs and excellent cinematography. In 1988, he directed and starred in Dayavan, which was a remake of an Indian Tamil film titled Nayakan. After directing and starring in Yalgaar (1992), he took a long break from acting for 11 years.
He launched his son Fardeen Khan's career with the 1998 film Prem Aggan, which, however, was a box office bomb. In 2003, he made his acting comeback as well as produced and directed Janasheen, which also starred his son Fardeen. He always used performing animals in his films -- a chimpanzee and lion were used in Janasheen -- but People for Animals (PFA) Haryana  chairman Naresh Kadyan filed a complaint in the court of law at Faridabad for animal cruelty and legal action as per law against the producer, director and actor.
In May 2006, Feroz Khan was blacklisted by then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf when he went there to promote his brother's film, Taj Mahal. In an intelligence report submitted to Musharraf, he was said to have gotten drunk and insulted Pakistani singer and anchor Fakhr-e-Alam and to have criticised the country, saying:
I am a proud Indian. India is a secular country. The Muslims there are making lot of progress unlike in Pakistan. Our President is a Muslim and our Prime Minister a Sikh. Pakistan was made in the name of Islam, but look how the Muslims are killing Muslims here.
Pakistan's high commission in India and the foreign and interior ministries were subsequently directed to deny Khan a visa in the future.
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Feroz Khan married Sundari Khan in 1965 and they divorced in 1985. They have two children, Laila Khan (born 1970) and Fardeen Khan (born 1974). Fardeen is married to Natasha Madhwani, daughter of former Bollywood actress Mumtaz.
He died from lung cancer on 27 April 2009 at the age of 69. During his illness he returned to rest at his farmhouse in Bangalore.
|Filmfare Awards||Aadmi Aur Insaan||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|BFJA||Aadmi Aur Insaan||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|Filmfare Awards||Safar||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|International Crook||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|Filmfare Lifetime Achievement||Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2001)||Won|
|IIFA Awards||Janasheen||Best Performance in Negative Role||Won|
|Zee Award||Lifetime Achievement||Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement (2008)||Won|
|Stardust Awards||Pride Of Industry||Pride Of Industry (2009)||Won|
|1960||Ghar Ki Laaj|
|1962||Main Shaadi Karne Chala||Kewal Singh|
|Tarzan Goes to India||Prince Raghu|
|1964||Char Dervesh||Qamar Bakht|
|Ek Sapera Ek Lootera||Mohan / Prince Vijay Pratap Singh (Dual Role)|
|Main Wohi Hoon||Vijay|
|1967||Woh Koi Aur Hoga||Gopal|
|Raat Aur Din||Dilip|
|CID 909||Raju / CID 909|
|Raat Andheri Thi||Anil|
|1968||Nadir Shah||Nadir Shah|
|Aaja Sanam||Dr. Satish|
|Anjaan Hai Koi||Anand|
|Aadmi Aur Insaan||Jai Kishan / JK|
|Ek Paheli||Dr. Sudhir|
|1974||Kisan Aur Bhagwan||Shyamu|
|Geeta Mera Naam||Raja|
|Bhagat Dhanna Jatt||Ramu|
|International Crook||SP Rajesh|
|1975||Rani Aur Laal Pari||Gulliver|
|1976||Sharafat Chhod Di Main Ne||Raju / Rai Bahadur|
|Shankar Shambhu||Shankar L. Singh (Bade Thakur)|
|1977||Jadu Tona||Dr. Kailash|
|1981||Khoon Aur Paani||Ram Singh|
|1986||Janbaaz||Inspector Rajesh Singh||Yes||Yes|
|1988||Do Waqt Ki Roti||Shankar|
|1991||Meet Mere Mann Ka||Thakur Pratap Singh|
|1992||Yalgaar||Rajesh Ashwin Kumar||Yes||Yes|
|2003||Janasheen||Saba Karim Shah||Yes||Yes|
|2006||Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena||Jahangir Khan|
|2007||Om Shanti Om||Himself|
|Welcome||RDX / Ranvir Dhanraj Xaka|
|Films as director|
|1988||Dayavan||Yes||Vinod Khanna as Dayavan|
|1998||Prem Aggan||Yes||Launched son Fardeen Khan|
..one of Bollywood's biggest stars; with his swagger and tough-guy styling he was compared to American leading men like Clint Eastwood or Steve McQueen.