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Feroz Khan
Actor • Director • Producer • Editor • Screenplay • Writer • Cinematographer • Executive Producer
Born: September 25, 1939 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Feroz Khan was known for playing the flamboyant anti-hero in reel life and was famously called the Clint Eastwood of the East for his cowboy boots and cigarette wielding persona. The panache that comes with the name was also translated into his films like Apradh (1972), Dharmatma (1975) and Qurbani (1980). In the early 1960s, he was a budding actor and was reduced to doing small budget films. In 1965 his performance as Rajnikant, a playboy in the movie Oonche Log was much appreciated by the critics against veterans like Ashok Kumar and Raaj Kumar. In films like Aarzoo (1965), Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969) and Safar (1970) Feroz played the second lead and entered the A-list in Bollywood (Hindi Cinema). He took a break from acting for a while before launching his son Fardeen Khan with Prem Aggan in 1998 which was a box office failure. His last blockbuster performance as an actor was Welcome (2007) where he played the underworld don, RDX. Feroz hung his cowboy boots as he succumbed to lung cancer in April 2009.

Early Life
Feroz Khan was born on September 25, 1939, to Sadiq (father), a Pathan and Fatima (mother) of Iranian descent. He studied at Bishop Cotton Boys' School and St Germain High School in Bangalore. Feroz Khan grew up in Bangalore and had planned to pursue higher education in Germany until he was offered a film on his visit to then Bombay (Mumbai).

Personal Life
Feroz Khan has three brothers, Sanjay Khan, Akbar Khan who are actors and Sameer Khan who is a film-maker,and two sisters Dilshad Bibi and Khurshid Shahnavar. Feroz Khan met Sundari Khan at a party, and they dated for five years before marrying in 1965. They have two children, Fardeen Khan, an actor and Laila Khan, an artist. Feroz and Sundari divorced in 1985.

Movie Career
As an Actor
His first movie was Didi (1960) followed by a series of low-budget films like Reporter Raju (1962) and an English language film with Simi Garewal; Tarzan Goes to India (1962). The second half of the sixties was spent being the second fiddle in the movies like, Oonche Log (1965) where is performance was noted as he acted among Raaj Kumar and Ashok Kumar, Arzoo (1965) opposite Sadhana, Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969) which won him the Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Some of his other hits include Khotey Sikkay (1974), and Safar (1970). He teamed up with his brother Sanjay Khan who entered the film industry much later for movies like Upaasna (1967), Mela (1971), and Nagin (1976) playing the supporting actor.

In 1971, he turned into a producer-director to launch FK International and the first movie under the banner was Apradh (1970) where he played the lead opposite Mumtaz. The 1970s and 1980s saw an array of his films where he played the director as well as an actor.

His remarkable performances are Dharmatma (1975), Qurbani (1980), Janbaaz (1986), Dayavan (1988), Yalgaar (1992). He took a break after Yalgaar and appeared in a film also starring his son which Firoz produced and directed called Janasheen (2003). His last portrayal as RDX, the underworld don in the blockbuster movie Welcome (2007) was applauded by the audiences.

As a Director
Feroz turned filmmaker in 1971 as a step forward in his career. He was way ahead of his time and brought a unique style of directing to Hindi Cinema. He is known for adding the Western elements to Bollywood movies and glamming up the stereotypical Hindi film heroines. His first movie was Apradh in 1971 where he co-starred opposite Mumtaz. Apradh was the first Bollywood film to be shot at an auto racing in Germany. Similarly, in his 1975, The Godfather inspired movie Dharmatma he filmed a few parts in Afghanistan, an unexplored territory then. His ensemble in the film of a cowboy will be remembered by the audiences for decades. In Qurbani (1980) he brought Zeenat Aman’s cabaret act and established Nazia Hassan, a Pakistani singer as a singing sensation with the track “Aap Jaisa Koi." Bollywood was quite conservative in the 80s and Feroz in 1986 directed and starred in Janbaaz & in Dayavaan (1988) which included love scenes with Dimple Kapadia and Madhuri Dixit respectively. In 1998 he launched his son Fardeen with the box office bomb, Prem Aggan and tried to relaunch his career with Janasheen (2003) but to no avail.
Peers & More
Parveen Babi
Vinod Khanna
Zeenat Aman
Sundari Khan
Fardeen Khan
Fatima Khan
Sadiq Ali Khan Tanoli
Dilshad Bibi
Khurshid Shahnavar
Sanjay Khan
Akbar Khan
Sameer Khan
Shahrukh Shah Ali Khan
Popular Movies
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Did You Know? (2)

  • Feroz had a fascination with horses, and it is believed that once he rode a horse straight into a classroom as a kid
  • His 1980’s Qurbani, saw an actual Mercedes Benz getting smashed in the parking lot. Feroz said it added authenticity to the storyline.
  • Personal Quotes (9)

  • ""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." Feroz was banned from visiting Pakistan after this quote."
  • " I have always felt that people who are scared of death, forget to live. I have had a full life. I have never planned for the future or brooded about the past, I have lived each moment. I have had a few problems, some triumphs and some tribulations but I would never trade places with anyone else in the world."
  • "I have had my fair share of struggle. I have worked very hard and made use of every opportunity that came my way. When I came to Mumbai I had no money in my pocket, so I used to work at a pool table to make ends meet. "
  • " I have never manipulated my roles or tried any other underhand tactics. Though, I must add that I had been at the receiving end from other heroes. I remember on the first day of shooting of Oonche Log, Raj Kumar advised me on how to say my dialogue. I turned round and very politely told him, Rajji, aap apna kaam kijeeye mein apna kaam karoonga. If I need any help I will ask you. There was no problems between us after that. "
  • "Inspite of what other heroes may have done to my lines and role in the films, I never harassed any of my producers or directors. I can confidently say I have not been a difficult actor to work with. "
  • " Even though I have had many jubilees to my credit, I did not give myself sufficient time as an actor. I switched to direction my talent and focus shifted to other aspects of film making. I would say I have not yet had the opportunity to prove my real mettle as an actor."
  • "I have had a very strong Christian influence in my land. My friends were either Anglo Indians or British. While growing up, I watched a lot of cowboy and western movies, the only Hindi film I had seen before entering this line was Kismet. I was fond of horse riding and the high-life and I tried to infuse my style in my movies. If people want to label me as Cowboy Khan, then it is okay by me. "
  • " In a lighter vein, I would say you can be either married or happy. It happened once but it did not work out. In my case probably once was enough. I am not a cynic, I have had my fair share of heavy-duty emotions but I have never felt the need to marry again. "
  • " I am a Libran, so I am very well balanced. I like everything to be neat and tidy. I am artistically inclined, that is it. "
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