Actor Feroz Khan passes away


Well-known Bollywood producer, director and actor Feroz Khan died here late last night after a year-long battle with cancer, sources said.

He was 69. He is survived by his actor son Fardeen Khan and daughter Laila. The funeral was planned for later today in Bangalore, the sources said.

The actor had been diagnosed with cancer more than a year ago and was being treated in a Mumbai hospital.

Feroz Khan produced, directed and acted in several successful Hindi movies such as Dharmatma, Qurbani and Jaanbaaz. He was recently seen in the hit film Welcome which also starred Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar and Nana Patekar.

He made his Hindi film debut in Didi (1960) and got noticed with Oonche Log, in which his heroine was the Malayalam actress K R Vijaya.

Feroz Khan was born on September 25, 1939, in Bangalore to Sadiq Ali Khan Tanoli, who was a Pathan and Fatima, who hailed from Iran.

Of his three brothers, Sanjay Khan is a well-known actor in his own right, while the other two, Sameer Khan and Akbar Khan, have also dabbled in films.

In his early years in Bollywood, Feroz Khan ended up playing second lead in many movies and acting in low-budget thrillers opposite starlets. After Oonche Log won his some attention, he went on to do Aarzoo. He won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in Aadmi aur Insan in 1969. In the early 70s, he appeared in a film, Mela, with his brother Sanjay.

In 2000, Filmfare gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award. He got the Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2008.

In 1975, he turned producer with Dharmatma, the first Indian film to be shot in Afghanistan. He went on to make Qurbani in 1980, which was the biggest hit of his career.

Some of the other films directed by him included Jaanbaaz, Dayavan and Yalghaar. With Prem Aggan, he launched his son Fardeen's career in 1998.

He had some time ago announced his plans to remake Qurbani.


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