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Today is the 14th death anniversary of actor and filmmaker Feroze Khan. In films, he has played the role of romantic hero to villain. His roles in films like Dharmatma, Yalgaar and Welcome are still loved by the audience.
Born in Bangalore, Firoz married Sundari, a divorcee, 5 years after he entered acting. Two children were also born, but after some time he started dating airhostess Jyotika. Because of this, their married life was full of turmoil.
At the same time, Feroze Khan, who went to Pakistan for the promotion of his film, had insulted a singer there. Because of which the then Prime Minister had banned him in Pakistan.
Today on the death anniversary of Firoz Khan, we know some stories related to his life…
This is a scene from the film Welcome, in which Feroz Khan acted.
Father was from Afghanistan and mother from Iran
Firoz Khan was born on 25 September 1939 in Bangalore. His father Sadiq Ali Khan Tanovi was from Afghanistan and mother Fatima was from Iran. After graduation, Firoz came to Mumbai because since childhood he wanted to pursue a career in acting. After coming here, he made his acting debut in the film Didi released in 1960.
The first Bollywood actor whose film was shot in Afghanistan
After the first film, Firoz was seen in the low budget film Tarzan Goes to India. People liked his style so much in this film that he got the tag of Cowboy Hero. After this he became the choice of many big directors. Firoz was the first actor whose film Dharmatma was shot in Afghanistan.
marry a married beauty
Firoz Khan married Sundari, a divorcee and mother of a daughter, 5 years after his entry into films. Both met during a party. After a few years of marriage, both of them had two children, Fardeen and Laila Khan.
Firoz Khan with wife Sundari.
Extra Marital Affair After Being Father Of Two Children
Everything was going well that one day Firoz Khan’s eyes fell on Air Hostess Jyotika. He liked her at first sight. Later both started dating each other. After some time, his wife came to know about Feroze Khan’s extra-marital affair, then there was a ruckus, after which Sundari left the house and decided to live separately. After this Feroze Khan also started living in live-in with Jyotika.
The two lived together for almost 10 years. Jyotika proposed to marry Feroze Khan, but he refused. This hurt Jyothika a lot. Meanwhile, in an interview, Feroze Khan said that he does not know Jyotika. When Jyotika came to know about this, she was convinced that Firoz would never marry her. Then she ended all her relations with Firoz Khan and went to London.
After Jyotika left, Firoz Khan returned to his family, but his relationship with wife Sundari was not the same as before. Sundari divorces Firoz as things don’t go well.
Firoz Khan with air hostess Jyotika.
Wanted to marry Mumtaz, later became Samadhi
Firoz Khan had worked with Mumtaz in films like Naagin, Crime and Mela. The pair of both was very much liked by the audience. There were reports that Firoz Khan wanted to marry Mumtaz, although this did not happen.
Later Mumtaz’s daughter was married to Firoz Khan’s son Fardeen. After this relationship, both became wealthy.
Mumtaz revealed in an interview that when Feroze Khan’s stardom was on top in Bollywood, every actress of that era wanted to work with him. It was also said that Firoz Khan had affair with many actresses. However, later Firoz himself denied the matter of affair.
When Feroze Khan called Hema Malini a baby for acting in a film
Firoz Khan worked with Hema Malini in the film Dharmatma. Prior to this film, Firoz wanted to work with Hema in another film, but Hema’s role was only in the first half of the film. After seeing the script, Hema and her mother refused to do the job. Later Firoz tried to persuade him a lot. He even called Hema a baby in front of everyone. Hema and her mother were shocked to hear the baby. Although later Hema understood that Firoz was open-minded, but Hema’s mother was very angry about this. He didn’t like it at all that Firoz called Hema baby. At that time everyone used to call his daughter Hemaji or Madam.
Recalling this incident, Hema had said that Firoz was the first and the last actor to call her baby. Along with this, he also said that Feroze Khan was a great actor.
This scene is from Dharmatma, in which Hema Malini worked with Feroz Khan.
Pervez Musharraf was blacklisted in Pakistan
In 2006, Feroz Khan went to Pakistan for the promotion of his film Taj Mahal. There he insulted a Pakistani singer. Apart from this, he also criticized Pakistan a lot. During this, he described himself as a proud Indian. After this incident, the then Prime Minister Pervez Musharraf blacklisted him in Pakistan.
Unfulfilled desire to work with Shah Rukh Khan
Firoz revealed in an interview that he wanted to work with Shah Rukh Khan in a film. For this, he was ready to accept any condition of Shahrukh. Firoz had also tried several times to sign him in the film, but it could not happen. Shahrukh refused him every time. On this Feroze Khan had said – This boy will remain bound in his romantic image. When the era of his romantic films ends, I will definitely miss him.
Deep friendship with Vinod Khanna, both died on the same date
Firoz Khan and Vinod Khanna had a deep friendship. It was believed that whichever film the two worked together, that film would have been a hit. Firoz Khan died on 27 April 2009 at the age of 69. Exactly 8 years after this, in 2017, Vinod Khanna also died on 27 April.
Vinod Khanna with Feroz Khan. Both had worked in the films Shankar Shambhu and Dayavan.