Half Afghan, half Iranian, Feroz Khan was born and brought up in Bangalore, but moved to Mumbai to make his debut as the second lead in the film Didi, in 1960. Post that, right through the early 1960s and 70s, he made low-budget thrillers, with starlets who were more about good looks than acting talent. Then in 1965, Oonche Log with Khan, Ashok Kumar and Raaj Kumar focussed the spotlight on him, with critics raving about his ‘sensitive performance’. Films of no great importance came his way, like Samson, Ek Sapera Ek Lootera and Char Darvesh. Arzoo, where he played a second lead, with Sadhana as the star, brought in more worthy work like his role in Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969). Notable movies he worked in included Khotey Sikkay, Geeta Mera Naam, Pyasi Sham, Shankar Shambhu and Safar, as well as roles with his brother Sanjay Khan in Upaasna (1967), Mela (1971) and Nagin (1976).
Production and direction was more his forte and he made and starred in films like Apradh, Dharmatma, the Punjabi Bhagat Dhanna Jat (1974), Qurbani, Janbaaz, Dayavan and Yalgaar. Feroz Khan’s last appearance onscreen was in the 2007 film Welcome.
Feroz Khan’s films were known for their very western ideas, but also for their music. Here are 3 of our favourite songs to remember him by…
- Aap jaisa koi (Qurbani)
- Kya khoob lagta hai (Dharmatma)
- Har kisiko nahin milta (Jaanbaaz)