Mazhar Khan was an actor and director who was well known for his role as ‘Abdul’ in Ramesh Sippy’s ‘
Shaan’. He was born in the year 1955 on July 22nd in the city of Bombay (now known as Mumbai) in Maharashtra. He was a well-known face amongst the Indian television audience during the 1980s and 90s. He was an actor in films as well in television serials and later turned into a director and producer. He has also shown up in a few foreign language films and television serials.
He made his acting debut in the year 1979 with director Inder Sen. Mazhar Khan was introduced to the world of cinema by director Inder Sen in his 1979 Bollywood movie, ‘Sampark’. He made his debut alongside film stars of that era such as
Girish Karnad and Madhu Kapoor. Mazhar Khan played the role of ‘Brindavan Biharilal’ in the film. Khan had received recognition after he starred in Ramesh Sippy’s Bollywood action film, ‘Shaan’ in the year 1980 alongside Bollywood superstars
Shatrughan Sinha, etc. He gained popularity from the hit song, ‘Naam Abdul Hai Mera’.
Later on, he played many villainous roles in almost forty films till the 90s. In 1986, he made an appearance in ‘Terminal Entry’, a Hollywood Sci-Fi film by John Kincade. Later in the year 1989, he also starred in ‘Traffik’, an Emmy Award-winning British television mini-series. He was well known for his role as ‘Roshanlal’ in Ramesh Sippy’s 1987 television series, ‘
Buniyaad’ alongside actors like
Alok Nath and
Neena Gupta. He made his final acting appearance in Shashilal K Nair’s crime film, ‘Angaar’ in 1992 as ‘Farid Khan’ opposite actors like
Nana Patekar, and
Dimple Kapadia, etc. He then took on the role of director and started making ‘Gang’ the crime film in the 90s. Mazhar Khan couldn’t live to see the film’s release as he died two years before the movie’s release. On September 16th, in the year 1998, when he was 43 years old, Mazhar Khan passed away due to renal failure. He was married to Rubaina Mumtaz before he got married to
Zeenat Aman in 1985.