A post-graduate in Philosophy, Amjad Khan had command over English, Persi and Urdu. After visiting him in the hospital, Satyajit Ray remarked," If there is no Amjad Khan, there is no Wajed Ali Shah in Satranj Ke Khilari". Satyajit Ray even made him sing a gazal( Jab chhor ayi Luchnow nagari..) in his film. Amjad staged a play "Chun Chun Karti Ayee Chiria"adopted from Hollywood classic "One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest".The grim-jawed Gabber can become gleeful constable in Love Story.
Javed Akhtar wanted to remove Amjad Khan from Sholay as he felt Amjad had a weak voice for a villain