Feroz Khan (25 September 1939 – 27 April 2009), born Zulfiqar Ali Shah Khan,[2] was an Indian actor, film editor, producer, and director best known for his work in Indian cinema. He appeared in over 60 films throughout his career and became one of Bollywood's popular style icons.[3][4][5] Khan is known for his roles in successful Hindi films, such as Arzoo (1965), Safar (1970), Mela (1971), Apradh (1972), Khotte Sikkay (1974), Kala Sona (1975), Dharmatma (1975), Nagin (1976), Qurbani (1980), Janbaaz (1986) and Welcome (2007).[6][7]

Feroz Khan
Feroz Khan in 2005
Zulfiqar Ali Shah Khan

(1939-09-25)25 September 1939
Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India (present-day Karnataka, India)
Died27 April 2009(2009-04-27) (aged 69)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Occupation(s)Actor, film editor, producer, director
Years active1959–2007
(m. 1965; div. 1985)
Children2, including Fardeen Khan
RelativesAbbas Khan (brother)
Akbar Khan (brother)
Sussanne Khan (niece)
Zayed Khan (nephew)
AwardsFilmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2001)[1]

He won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Aadmi Aur Insaan in 1970, and was honored with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.[1] Khan has been called "the Clint Eastwood of the East".[8]

Early life


Feroz Khan was born on 25 September 1939 in Bangalore, India, to Sadiq Ali Khan Tanoli, an Afghan Tanoli from Ghazni, Afghanistan, and Fatima, who had Persian ancestry from Iran.[9][10][11][12]

Khan was educated at Bishop Cotton Boys' School and St. Germain High School, Bangalore. His brothers are Shah Abbas Khan (Sanjay Khan), Shahrukh Shah Ali Khan, Sameer Khan and Akbar Khan. His sisters are Khurshid Shahnavar and Dilshad Begum Sheikh, popularly known as Dilshad Bibi.[13][14][15][16]

After his schooling in Bangalore, he traveled to Bombay (present-day Mumbai) where he made his debut as the second lead in Didi in 1960.[17][18]



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.[19][20] 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 Safar, Khotey Sikkay, Geeta Mera Naam, Kaala Sona and Shankar Shambhu He appeared alongside his real-life brother Sanjay Khan in the hit films Upaasna (1971), 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.[21] This movie was inspired by the Hollywood film The Godfather.

He also starred in the Punjabi film Bhagat Dhanna Jat (1974). In 1980, he produced, directed and starred in Qurbani, alongside Vinod Khanna and Zeenat Aman, which 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".[20] In 1986, he directed and starred in Janbaaz, a box office hit,[22] 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. In 1991, he starred in Meet Mere Man Ke, an outside production which was directed by Mehul Kumar. 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 produced and directed Janasheen, also starring alongside his son Fardeen. This film marked his return to acting after 11 years and was also the last film he directed. Apart from sports cars, he also used performing animals in his films — a chimpanzee and lion were used in Janasheen.[citation needed]

He starred alongside his son again in an outside production Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena in 2005. He made his last film appearance in the 2007 comedy film Welcome.

Personal life


Feroz Khan married Sundari Khan in 1965 and they divorced in 1985.[23]

They had two children, Laila Khan (born 1970) and Fardeen Khan (born 1974). Fardeen is married to Natasha Madhwani, daughter of former Bollywood actress Mumtaz.[24] Mumtaz has stated in an interview that Feroz Khan was the most handsome hero in Hindi film industry.[25]

Death and funeral


Feroz Khan died of lung cancer on 27 April 2009. He was undergoing treatment at Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai, but expressed his desire to visit his farmhouse in Bangalore. Accordingly, he was brought here, where he died at around 1 a.m.[26]

He was buried in Bangalore near his mother's grave at Hosur Road Shia Kabristan.[27]

Awards and nominations

Award Movie Category Won/Nominated
BFJA Awards Aadmi Aur Insaan Best Supporting Actor Won
Filmfare Awards Won
Safar Nominated
International Crook Nominated
Lifetime Achievement Lifetime Achievement Award (2001) Won
IIFA Awards Janasheen Best Performance in a Negative Role Won
Zee Awards Lifetime Achievement Lifetime Achievement Award (2008) Won
Stardust Awards Pride Of Industry Pride Of Industry (2009) Won


Year Title Role Producer Director Notes
1956 Ham Sab Chor Hain
1957 Zamana
Bade Sarkar Newly wed Man
1959 Didi Madhu
1960 Ghar Ki Laaj Suresh
1961 Mr. India Feroz
1962 Private Detective
Tarzan Goes to India Prince Raghu Kumar
Reporter Raju Rajkumar
Main Shaadi Karne Chala Kewal
1963 Bahurani Vikram
1964 Suhagan Shankar
Samson Salook
Char Dervesh Qamar Bhakt
1965 Arzoo Ramesh
Oonche Log Rajnikant (Rajjo)
Teesra Kaun Prakash
Ek Sapera Ek Lootera Mohan/Vijay Pratap Singh
1966 Tasveer Prakash
Main Wohi Hoon Vijay
1967 Raat Aur Din Anil
Aurat Anand
Woh Koi Aur Hoga Gopal
Raat Andheri Thi Dilip
C.I.D. 909 Raju/C.I.D. Agent 909
Aag Shankar
1968 Nadir Shah Nadir Shah
Aaja Sanam Dr. Satish
Jahan Mile Dharti Akash
Anjaam Shekhar
1969 Anjaan Hai Koi Anand
Aadmi Aur Insaan Jai Kishan/J.K.
Pyasi Shaam Ashok
1970 Safar Shekhar Kapoor
1971 Ek Paheli Sudhir
Upaasna Advocate Ram
Mela Shakti Singh
1972 Apradh Ram Khanna / Ramu Yes Yes
1973 Kashmakash Satish Gupta
1974 Kisan Aur Bhagwan Shyamu
Bhagat Dhanna Jatt Shyamu
Khote Sikkay Dilbar
Geeta Mera Naam Raja
Anjaan Raahein Anand
International Crook SP Rajesh
1975 Dharmatma Ranbir Yes Yes
Kaala Sona Rakesh
Rani Aur Laal Pari Gulliver Special appearance
1976 Nagin Raj
Shankar Shambhu Shankar/Badey Thakur
Sharafat Chhod Di Main Ne Raju
Kabeela Mangal
1977 Jadu Tona Dr. Kailash
Darinda Rajesh
1980 Chunaoti Vijay
Qurbani Rajesh Kumar Yes Yes
1980 Lahu Pukarega Sandeep
1981 Khoon Aur Paani Ram Singh/Thanedar Singh
1982 Kachche Heere Nephew of Kamal Singh
1985 Ram Tere Kitne Naam Himself Cameo appearance
1986 Janbaaz Inspector Rajesh Singh Yes Yes
1987 Raj Kapoor Himself Cameo appearance
1988 Dayavan Shankar Waghmare Yes Yes Remake of Mani Ratnam's Nayagan
Do Waqt Ki Roti Shankar
Akarshan Himself Cameo appearance
1991 Meet Mere Mann Ke Thakur Jagat Pratap Singh
1992 Yalgaar Rajesh Ashwini Kumar Yes Yes
1998 Prem Aggan Himself Yes Yes Guest appearance in the song "Har Dam Dam Badam"
2002 Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein Himself
2003 Janasheen Saba Karim Shah Yes Yes
2005 Chitappa
Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena Jahangir Khan
2007 Om Shanti Om Himself Guest appearance
Welcome Ranvir 'RDX' Dhanraj Xaka


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