B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Amjad Khan was born on November 12, 1940. He did his schooling at St. Theresa’s high school, and graduated at R. D. National College. After his college, Amjad joined theatre and also worked as assistant under K.Asif’s Love and God (1961).
Amjad’s first film was Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973), which was directed by Chetan Anand. The film went unnoticed, But Amjad Khan left a mark with his restrained performance. This is when script writer Salim approached him for a role in G.P.Sippy’s next production. The film was Sholay (1975). A film that went on to the biggest hit ever and change all the conventions of hindi cinema. And the character played by Amjad Khan in the film went on to reach iconic proportions. He simply stood out in the film with his ruffled look and throaty voice. In this way, Amjad Khan became a legendary name with his second film. But now, the expectations also rose high, and Amjad was expected to deliver similar performances ever after.
Although Amjad Khan didn’t repeat the magic of Sholay, He was quite consistent with his performances. His character roles in Hum Kisise Kam Nahin (1977), Muqaddar Ka Sikander (1978) and Des Pardes (1979) are remembered till date.
Amjad Khan also had a flair for comedy, and he succeeded in maintaining a balance between Villainous roles and Comic character roles. If he played the evil incarnate in Mr. Natwarlal (1979), Barsaat Ki Ek Raat (1981), Satte Pe Satta (1982) and Naseeb (1983) he also showed a great comic timing in films like Qurbani (1980), Love Story (1981), Yaarana (1981), Maa Kasam (1985) and Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986). Amjad Khan also directed two films Chor Police (1983) and Ameer Aadmi Garib Aadmi (1985). However, both these films flopped at box-office despite having some big names. Towards the late 80s and early 90s, Amjad Khan started doing small roles in small banner films. His other memorable roles in that period are in Maalamaal (1988), Lekin (1991), Love (1991) and Rudaali (1993). On July 27, 1992 Amjad Khan died due to heart failure. Many of the films which he was working in released after his death, right till 1996. Amjad Khan won Filmfare awards on 3 occasions – Best supporting actor for Dada in 1979, for Yaarana in 1981 and Best comedian for Maa Kasam in 1985.
He had a serious accident in 1976, which caused weight problems to him which finally became the reason for his early death. He had a very close relationship with Amitabh Bachchan. His son Shadab Khan is also an actor, who has acted in films like Raja Ki Aayegi baarat (1996), Refugee (2000) and Umrao Jaan (2006).