The Clint Eastwood of the East – Feroz Khan
An actor, director and producer, his movies became a cult in the Hindi cinema. The glamorous actor Feroz Khan is remembered for his ravishing style on screen.
Best remembered for his films like Qurbani (1980), Janbaaz (1986) and Dayavan (1988), Khan was born on 25th September 1939 to a father of Afghanistan origin and to Iranian mother. Khan grew up in the localities of Bangalore before he went to Mumbai to try his luck in the field of acting. After doing some low-budget films, Khan’s big hit came with the movie Arzoo (1965) opposite Sadhana and Rajendra Kumar. Then the movie Aadmi aur Insaan (1969) won him the first Filmfare award for best supporting actor category. Khotey Sikkay, Geeta Mera Naam, Safar count as some of his other hit films.
The era of 70s and 80s saw Khan in the new and successful role of a producer and director. Apradh (1972) is a seminal movie in his career as it marks the directorial debut of Khan in which Mumtaz was his co-star. Dharmatma (1975) was his next venture as a director, starring Hema Milini opposite to him, which became a blockbuster at the box office. He launched the ever popular Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan with the track ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’ in his movie Qurbani featuring Zeenat Aman opposite to him. His next hits were Janbaaz, Dayavan, Yalgaar where again he showed his expertise in the duo role of director and actor.
Khan’s next step was to launch his son Fardeen Khan with the movie Prem Agan in the year 1998. Janasheen (2003) was directed and produced by Khan in which he shared the screen with his son. He featured along with his son in the movie Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena (2005). Upaasna (1967), Mela (1971), and Nagin (1976) are the movies in which he acted with his brother Sanjay Khan.
The comedy movie Welcome in the year 2007 was the last movie in which Khan appeared on screen. Khan died of cancer in 2009 in Bangalore. He was married to Sundari Khan and had two children Laila and Fardeen Khan. Khan is still remembered for the style quotient which he displayed in his movies and music. Khan’s movies will be always remembered for the change it brought in the dynamics of Hindi cinema.
Sharing few of his hit songs