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Feroz Khan (Hindi: फ़िरोज़ ख़ान, Urdu: فېروز خان) S(25 September 1939–27 April 2009) was an Indianmarker actor, film editor, producer and director in the Hindi film industry. For his flamboyant style, with cowboyish swagger and cigar toting persona which revolutionised the style quotient of the otherwise conventional Bollywood hero, he is known as the Clint Eastwood of the East and a style icon in the industry.

He appeared in over 50 films in the 1970s and 1980s, and became one of India's best-loved heroes with his role in the 1980 hit film Qurbani, which he also directed. Khan followed this multi-disciplinary achievement by directing more successful films like Dayavan (1988) and Janbaaz (1986). 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.

Early life

Feroz Khan was born in Bangaloremarker India. His father was Sadiq Ali Khan Tanoli, who was an Afghan originally from Ghaznimarker province of Afghanistanmarker and his mother (Fatima) came from Iranmarker.He was raised and educated in Bangaloremarker. His brothers are Sanjay Khan, Sameer Khan and Akbar Khan. He has a sister Dilshad Bibi. After his schooling from Bangaloremarker, he arrived in Mumbaimarker where he made his debut as second lead in Didi 1n 1960.


For the next five years, he was forced to play the second-to-last lead in most of the movies in which he appeared. 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, where he was pitted against screen idols Raaj Kumar and Ashok Kumar, despite which he gave a notable sensitive performance . Again, in the same year, he played a sacrificing lover in the mushy musical Arzoo, starring Sadhana. With this, Khan earned his entry into A-list second leads. With the film Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969), Khan won his first Filmfare award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He also appeared alongside his real-life brother Sanjay Khan in the hit films Upaasna (1967), Mela (1971), and Nagin (1976).

He turned into 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 Car Race in Germany, and Mumtaaz was his co-star in the movie. He produced, directed, and starred in the 1975 film Dharmatma, which was the first Indian film to be shot in Afghanistanmarker and was also his first blockbuster hit as producer, director, and star and marked appearance of actress Hema Malini in a glamourous 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, which was a box-office hit., which some consider to be one of his best movies, featured an all-star cast and was possessed of great songs and excellent cinematography. In 1988, he directed and starred in Dayavan, which was a remake of a South Indian film titled Nayagan. 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 -[192416] chairman Naresh Kadyan moved a complaint in the court of law at Faridabadmarker 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).

Feroz Khan was ahead of his time in terms of his unmatchable style, which reflected in his movies and music. His movies like Qurbani, Dharmatma are cult favourites in Hindi cinema. Though he was not considered a superstar, he would remain the immortal for several years to come.

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 the Musharraf, he was said to have gotten drunk and insulted Pakistani singer and anchor Fakhr-e-Alam and criticizing 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."

Feroze khan denied the whole matter next day.

Pakistan's high commission in India and the foreign and interior ministries were subsequently directed to deny Khan a visa in the future, although he denied ever making such comments and thanked the people of Pakistan for receiving Taj Mahal with enthusiasm.

Personal life

Feroz Khan has a son named Fardeen Khan. He also has a daughter Laila Khan is married with Ranjeet Singh

Awards and nominations


Death and Funeral

He succumbed to a battle with cancer in April 2009. During his illness he returned to rest at his farmhouse in Bangaloremarker.

He was laid to rest in his beloved Bangaloremarker near to his mother's grave at Hosur Road Shia Kabristan with thousands in attendance included his close family, dear friends, and notable celebrities of Indianmarker film industry. He was remembered for his larger than life presence, and excellence in cinema.


  1. Feroz Khan, the ultimate trendsetter of Bollywood buried Press Trust of India.
  2. 'Feroz Khan was an Indian style icon' R G Vijayasarathy in Bengaluru,, 27 April 2009.
  3. Bollywood actor Feroz Khan dies BBC News, Monday, 27 April 2009
  4. Bollywood's style icon Feroz Khan is dead The Economic Times, 27 April 2009
  5. 'Bollywood's Clint Eastwood' Feroz Khan dies
  6. Bollywood's Feroz Khan dies aged 69
  7. 'Bollywood's Clint Eastwood' Feroz Khan dies aged 69
  8. Feroz Khan was the only man who called me baby: Hema Malini Hindustan Times, 28 April 2009.
  9. Feroz Khan lived life king size The Times of India, Apr 27, 2009.
  12. 1st Filmfare Awards 1953

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