Kiran Malikwrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Feroz Khan was born in Bangalore, India, on 25th September 1939 to a father from Ghazni province of Afghanistan and a Persian mother, Fatima. He has four brothers Sanjay Khan, Sameer Khan, Sharukh Khan and Akbar Khan. After his schooling from Bangalore, he arrived in Bombay to try his luck in filmdom.
He made his debut as second lead in Didi (1960). For the next five years he was forced to play the second lead in most of the movies. Through the early 1960s he made low-budget thrillers opposite starlets. He also appeared in an English-language film titled Tarzan Goes to India in 1962 opposite Simi Garewal.
His first big hit was in 1965 with the release of Oonche Log. It was his first major hit, but failed to attain the success he had hoped. Again, in the same year, he played a sacrificing lover in the mushy musical Arzoo. With this, Khan earned his entry into A-list second leads. With the film Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969), Khan won his first Filmfare award for Best Actor in Supporting Role. In 1971 he appeared alongside his real-life brother Sanjay Khan in the hit film Mela. He turned producer and director so as to improve his career opportunities as a leading man. He produced, directed and starred in the 1975 film Dharmatma which was the first Indian film to shoot in Afghanistan and was also his first blockbuster hit as producer, director and star. This was an Indian inspiration from the Hollywood film The Godfather. In 1976 he was one of the many actors to appear in the cult classic horror film Nagin which also had his brother Sanjay in one of the leading roles.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he was the top Bollywood star in films and often directed and starred in many of his films. The movie Qurbani (1980) was the biggest hit of his career and also launched the singing career of Nazia Hassan. In 1988 he directed and starred in Dayavan which was a remake of a South Indian film titled Nayagan. After he directed and starred in Yalgaar (1992), he took a long break from acting for 11 years and took to producing, directing and even editing a few films. He launched his son Fardeen Khan's career with the 1998 film Prem Aggan which was a box office failure. He most recently produced and directed Janasheen (2003) which also starred his son Fardeen as well as Feroz in his acting comeback. He starred with his son again in Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena (2005) which was not directed by him. However all these three films turned out to duds at the box office.
• Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Himmat (1970) • Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Aadmi Aur Insaan (1970) • Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor for International Crook (1974) • Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 • Filmfare Nomination as Best Villain for Janasheen (2003)
Currently, he is planning a remake of his hit film Qurbani which will star Fardeen Khan in the role he had played.
In 1965, he married Sundari. They had two children together, Laila and Fardeen Khan. In 1985, after 20 years of marriage, he divorced his wife. His son recently married Natasha Madhwani, the daughter of his occasional on-screen lover Mumtaz. His daughter Laila is married to Indian tennis player Rohit Rajpal. He was banned by the Pakistani government. He has appeared in an advertisement for Pan Bahar masala.