Feroz Khan, the actor, director, producer, all-in-one of the Indian film industry was born in Bangalore in the year 1939 in a Pathani-Irani family. He made his film debut in the year 1960 in the movie Didi. Khan, who is known for giving the typical Indian Filmi Hero a stylish image, later starred in and produced iconic cult movies like Dharmatma, Qurbani, Jaanbaaz, etc.
His first big movie was the 1965 movie Oonche Log, where he starred alongwith Raaj Kumar and Ashok Kumar. He was noticed by the audiences in that movie and later in the year 1969, he won his first Filmfare award for his role in the movie Aadmi Aur Insaan. It was after this movie that he decided to produce and direct films, to improve his career as a lead actor. His first directoral venture was the movie Apradh, Feroz Khan showcased his trademark style of having extravagant scenes in this movie; this was the movie to show AutoCar Racing for the first time on Indian screens.
Dharmatma was his next film as a director, he also starred in the movie. This movie, based on The Godfather, is the first film to be shot in Afghanistan. The movie after this, Qurbani is the biggest hit of his career and it also acquired a cult status along with his next movie Jaanbaaz. The movies he directed have a distinct style as to the glamor, the action, cinematography and the music.
He was known for his love for horses, that’s probably the reason why his movies regularly feature horses and that was the reason he was regarded as the Indian Cowboy. He was also called the Clint Eastwood of the east. His unmatchable style that was seen in his movies was much ahead of his time. Though he directed and acted in iconic movies that acquired a cult status, he was not regarded as a superstar. He was awarded the Filmfare Award for Lifetime Achievement in the year 2001.
He passed away in the year 2009, at the age of 69. He was laid to rest in the city he loved, Bangalore. Bollywood Celebden wishes him a happy birthday, wherever he is…