Birthday: 25-09-1939
Date of death: 27-04-2009
Star sign: Libra
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 Hema Malini 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 Zeenat Aman. 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 Fardeen Khan, 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 Akshay Kumar, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Katrina Kaif 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.
Dinesh Vijan Hindi Actor

Dinesh Vijan

Dinesh Vijan is known for his production company Illuminati Films, that was found by Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh himself in 2009 and the duo partnerships had given multiple block busters hits. Both have been involved in making spy thrillers Agent Vinod, double role flick of Saif; prestigious Love Aaaj Kal, or even Go Goa Gone where Saif played a comedian with Russian outlook. Over the course of 10 years of film producing, Dinesh has done some high-budget Bollywood films and still working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. Known for his high-end production, he is a finance MBA graduate, who went to make his debut as a film producer with his pet project “Being Cyrus” starring Saif Ali Khan in 2006. “Being Cyrus” was an English Language Indian film, which was directed by Homi Adajania which gave critical acclaim to Saif Ali Khan and even established Dinesh as a film maker. Besides Illuminati Films where only Saif Ali Khan acts and Dinesh produces, the film celebrity has another feather in his cap too. He is founder of Helming Maddock films which made films like Badalpur and The Fault In Our Stars Remake with Varum Dewan. Earlier, he also made Finding Fanny which had Arjun Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead and was released in 2014. Dinesh Vijan has seen more ups and down in his career, but interestingly, the performance of Badalpur in box office has established him as more powerful and successful film producer of the country. Although people loved his Cocktail and Go Goa Gone, his success for Badalpur will remain a milestone. Now we hear that, Vijan has got a script ready which he might even direct also. He has approached Parineeti Chopra and Saif Ali Khan to play lead roles for a love story script. Dinesh Vijan has chosen to become film producer, although his father and grandfather had been in the truck running business. Starting a film production company is not for the weak or faint of heart, you need to research first, lots of it. Dinesh does his magic on the script, music, editing and even story concept too.

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