Monday, April 27, 2009

Death of Feroz Khan - the style icon of bollywood

Death of Feroz Khan – the style icon of bollywood.

Feroz Khan, the style icon of bollywood films passed yesterday at the age of 70 years. Born in 1939, Feroz Khan started his career with the film Didi in 1960. He had inclination towards action films and during the romantic age struggled to face the competition of Rajender Kumar, Shammi Kapoor and others. With Unche Log in the mid-60s he created an image for himself. His performance opposite Rajender Kumar in the film Aarzoo in the mid-60s impressed the viewers.

He got good music in the films Ek Sapera Ek Lootera, with Rafi’s songs “hum tumse juda hoke” becoming super hit. Even Rafi’s other songs for Firoz Khan like “jag dil-e- dewaana” became super hit in the late 60s. He did well in the films CID 909 opposite Mumtaz and Raat Aur Din with Nargis and Pradeep Kumar. He also acted in romantic roles in films like Safar opposite Rajesh Khanna and Aadmi Aur Insaan opposite Dharmender. He received the filmfare award for the best supporting actor in the film Aadmi Aur Insaan.

The 70s marked the beginning of style icon Feroz Khan as his action thrillers had the glimpses of Hollywood actors like Zango, Sean Connery, Kirk Douglas and others. His films one after the other created storms in bollywood films during an age when Big B, Vinod Khanna and Shatrughun Sinha dominated action films. Firoz Khan’s leading films during that period include Apradh, Khote Sikke, Kala Sona, Dharmatma, to name a few.

From Dharmatma onwards Feroz Khan played a new innings by entering into production and direction. His films made later on had his special touch including shooting in the Middle East, entertaining music of Kalyanji Anandji, innovative action sequences , etc. Firoz Khan also launched new actors with him from that time. In Qurbani, Vinod Khanna played a leading role with him, in Jaanbaaz Anil Kapoor played a leading role with him and in Yalgaar, Sanjay Dutt played a leading role with him.

In respect of actress although Mumtaz acted in major films of Feroz Khan in the 60s and 70s, Firoz Khan acted with new actresses like Zeenat Aman in Qurbani, Sri Devi in Jaanbaaz, Manisha Koirala in Yalgaar, etc. He was also called the Indian Cowboy as he experimented with different types of hats and showed his skills in horse riding in different films.

He had good combination with Prem Chopra who played the role of anti-hero in many of his films and Jagdeep who contributed a lot as relief characters in his films. His last film was Welcome with Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Katrina Kaif before cancer ended his journey. He remained the uncrowned mnarch of stylish films and for those reasons his films should be preserved.


Patrick said...

The Lasting Tribute website has updated its memorial pages to include Feroz Khan.

It's a respectful memorial to the Bollywood hero and somewhere to pay tribute to the family's fortitude at this difficult time.

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V. Manohar said...

Good actor. Sad news. He has acted with Super Star Rajesh Khanna in Aurat (1967) and in Safar (1970)

Souvik-indrajalik said...

Feroz Khan was sublime in the film Jadu Tona and CID 007. His combination with Mumtaz was well appreciated by viewers of 60s.

Souvik Chatterji.