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Feroz Khan (25 September 1939 – 27 April 2009) was an Indian actor, film editor, producer and director in the Hindi film industry. He was popular for his flamboyant style, with cowboyish swagger, and cigar-toting persona; this revolutionised the style quotient of the otherwise conventional "filmi" hero. He is known as the "Clint Eastwood of Bollywood" for introducing Western cowboy & dacoit style films.[2]

Feroz Khan
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Born(1939-09-25)25 September 1939[1]
Died27 April 2009(2009-04-27) (aged 69)
Other namesClint Eastwood of India
OccupationActor, film editor, producer, director
Years active1958–2007
(m. 1965; div. 1985)
Children2, including Fardeen Khan

He appeared in over 51 films in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and became one of Bollywood's popular style icons.[3][4][5]

Feroz Khan is best remembered for his films Safar (1970), Mela (1971), Upaansna (1971), Apradh (1972), Khotte Sikkay (1974), Kala Sona (1975), Dharmatma (1975), and Qurbani (1980). Later he directed and acted in more films such as Janbaaz (1986), Dayavan (1988), Meet Mere Man Ke (1991), Yalgaar (1992), Janasheen (2003) and Welcome (2007). [5][6] 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.[7]


Early lifeEdit

Feroz Khan was born on 25 September 1939 in Bangalore, India, to an Afghan immigrant.[8][9][10] His father belonged from a Tanoli tribe of[11] Pashtun[12] ethnicity from Ghazni province of Afghanistan[13] while his mother was of Iranian ancestry.[9]

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.[citation needed]


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.[14][15] 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.[16] 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".[15] In 1986, he directed and starred in Janbaaz, a box office hit,[17] 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 [1] 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.

He starred alongside his son again in Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena (2005) and made his last film appearance in Welcome (2007).

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.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Feroz Khan married Sundari Khan in 1965, but 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.

Death and funeralEdit

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.

He was buried in Bangalore near his mother's grave at Hosur Road Shia Kabristan.[19]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Movie Category Won/Nominated
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 mein Best Actor (Male) Won
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2001) Won
Janasheen Best Villain Nominated
IIFA Awards Janasheen Best Performance in Negative Role Won
Zee Award Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement (2008) Won
Stardust Awards Pride Of Industry Pride Of Industry (2009) Won



Year Film Character Producer Director
1958 Didi Madhu
1960 Ghar Ki Laaj
1962 Main Shaadi Karne Chala Kewal Singh
Reporter Raju Rajkumar
Tarzan Goes to India Prince Raghu
1963 Bahu Rani Vikram
1964 Char Dervesh Qamar Bakht
Suhaagan Shankar
1965 Teesra Kaun Prakash
Oonche Log Rajnikanth
Arzoo Ramesh
Ek Sapera Ek Lootera Vijay Pratap Singh
1966 Tasveer Shyam
Main Wohi Hoon Vijay
1967 Woh Koi Aur Hoga Gopal
Raat Aur Din Dilip
CID 909 Raju/CID 909
Raat Andheri Thi Anil
Aurat Anand
Aag Shankar
1968 Nadir Shah Nadir Shah
1969 Pyaasi Shaam Ashok
Aadmi Aur Insaan Jai Kishan/JK
1970 Safar Shekhar Kapoor
1971 Mela Shakti Singh
Ek Paheli Sudhir
Upaasna Ram
1972 Apraadh Ram Khanna Yes Yes
1973 Kashmakash Satish
1974 Kisan Aur Bhagwan Shyam
Khhotte Sikkay Dilbar
Geeta Mera Naam Raja
Bhagat Dhanna Jatt Ramu Yes No
Anjaan Raahein Aanand
International Crook SP Rajesh
1975 Rani Aur Laal Pari Gulliver
Kaala Sona Rakesh
Aaja Sanam Dr. Satish
Dharmatma Ranbir Yes Yes
1976 Sharafat Chod Di Maine Raju
Shanker Shambu Shambu
Naagin Raj
1977 Jadu Tona Dr. Kailash
1978 Darindaa Rajesh
1980 Chunaoti Vijay
Qurbani Rajesh Kumar Yes Yes
1981 Khoon Aur Paani Ram Singh
1982 Kachche Heere Dilbar
1986 Janbaaz Inspector Rajesh Singh Yes Yes
1988 Do Waqt Ki Roti Shankar
Dayavan Shankar Waghmare Yes Yes
1991 Meet Mere Mann Ka Thakur Pratap Singh
1992 Yalgaar Rajesh Ashwin Kumar Yes Yes
1998 Prem Aggan Yes Yes
2003 Janasheen Saba Karim Shah Yes Yes
2005 Chitappa Raman
2006 Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena Jahangir Khan
2007 Om Shanti Om Feroz Khan
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