Feroz Khan is a legendary Indian film actor, editor, producer and director, popular in Bollywood. He was born on September 25, 1939 in Bangalore. His father, Pathan is an Afghanistan while his mother is an Iranian. Feroz studied at Bishop Cotton Boy’s School in Bangalore and attended St. Germain High School. His brothers are Shahrukh Shah Ali Khan,
Sanjay Khan, Sameer Khaan and
Akbar Khan, who also work in the same industry and he has one sister named Dilshad Bibi. Feroz moved to Mumbai after he studied in Bangalore to pursue his acting career. He then made his debut as the second lead in the 1960 film Didi. During the early 60s and 70s, Feroz has done low-budget films with some starlets. In year 1962, he acted in John Guillermin’s English film, Tarzan Goes to India, alongside
Simi Garewal. His major breakthrough came in the year 1965 with Phani Majumdar’s Hindi film Oonche Log, where he acted with the biggies,
Raaj Kumar and
Ashok Kumar. This was followed by some small budget films such as Samson, Char Darvesh and Ek Sapera Ek Lutera. Feroz acted as a sacrificing lover in the 1965 Bollywood film, Arzoo, which stars Sadhana. Through this film, he gained an entry to the A-list second leads. Feroz won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Yash Chopra’s Aadmi Aur Insaan in 1969. Some of his hit films are Khotey Sikkay, Pyasi Sham, Geeta Mera Naam, Shankar Shambhu and Safar. He acted in his brother’s (Sanjay Khan) films, Upaasna and Mela in 1971 and Nagin in 1976.
Feroz became a successful producer and director in the year 1971 and improved his career as a leading man through his very first directorial venture entitled Apradh. This is the first Indian film that shows auto racing in Germany. In 1975, he was starred, produced and directed the Bollywood film Dharmatma, inspired by the English film, The Godfather and the first Indian movie to be shot in the country of Afghanistan. This film became a blockbuster hit and marked the appearance of
in a glitzy avatar.
All throughout the late 70s and 80s, Feroz acted in a leading role and has starred and directed many films. He also acted in the 1974 Punjabi film entitled Bhagat Dhanna Jat. The biggest hit of Feroz career was from the action drama thriller film, Qurbani in year 1980 with
. This also marks the launch of the singing career of the Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan, who sang the remarkable song Aap Jaisa Koi. In year 1986, he was starred and directed the box-office hit film Janbaaz, which was considered as one of his greatest films that features an all-star cast and comprises of great songs and notable cinematography. In year 1988, Feroz was starred and helmed the Hindi remake of Nayagan entitled Dayavan and then in year 1992, he directed and was starred in Yalgaar. After this, he took a long break from acting. It took him 11-years before he made his comeback in the 2003 Hindi film, Janasheen, which stars
, his son, whom he introduced in the 1998 Bollywood film, Prem Aggan. Feroz acted again with his son in the 2005 film Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena and in the year 2007, he made his last performance in the blockbuster comedy film, Welcome, alongside
and Anil Kapoor.
In year 2006, Pervez Musharraf, the President of Pakistan, blacklist Feroz Khan when he went to the country to promote Taj Mahal, a film of his brother. According to an intelligence report, Feroz was drunk and insulted the anchor and singer, Fakhr-e-Alam and criticize the country by 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."Feroz got married in year 1965 to Sundari Khan, but they had a divorce in year 1985. They have two children, namely Laila and Fardeen Khan. On April 27, 2009, Feroz died due to cancer at the age of 69.