Amjad Khan

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Amjad Khan
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Native name امجد خان
अमजद ख़ान
Born Amjad Zakaria Khan
(1940-11-12)12 November 1940
Peshawar, British India
Died 27 July 1992(1992-07-27) (aged 51)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Film actor, director
Years active 1957–1992
Known for Gabbar Singh

Amjad Zakaria Khan (Urdu: امجد زکریا خان‎, Hindi: ज़कारिया अमजद ख़ान; 12 November 1940 – 27 July 1992) was an Indian actor and director.[1] He worked in over 130 films in a career spanning nearly twenty years. He enjoyed popularity for his villainous roles in Hindi films, the most famous being the iconic Gabbar Singh in the 1975 classic Sholay[2] and of Dilawar in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978).

Early life[edit]

Amjad Khan was born in ADEZAI the small village of Peshawar , (then) India, the son of legendary actor Jayant. He was the brother of fellow actor Imtiaz Khan and Inayat Khan who acted in one film. In 1957, he was cast in the movie Ab Dilli Dur Nahin.[3] His family hails from the city of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan). [4]

Khan was educated at St. Theresa's High School, in Bandra, Mumbai. He attended R D National College, and was the general secretary – the highest elected student body representative.

Career[edit]

Before Amjad Khan came to films he was a theatre actor. His first role was in the film Nazneen (1951). His next role was at the age of 17 in the film Ab Dilli Dur Nahin (1957). He made appearances in minor roles with father Jayant in a few films. He assisted K. Asif in Love And God in the late 1960s and had made a brief appearance in the film. The film was left incomplete after Asif's death in 1971, and it ended up releasing in 1986. In 1973 he made his debut as an adult in Hindustan Ki Kasam.

In 1975 he was offered the role of dacoit Gabbar Singh for the film Sholay (literally meaning flames) by Salim who was one of its writers. For preparation for the role, Amjad read Abhishapth Chambal, a book on Chambal dacoits written by Taroon Kumar Bhaduri (actress Jaya Bhaduri's father). Amjad shot to stardom with the movie. His portrayal of Gabbar Singh is considered by many to be the first depiction of pure evil on the screen in Indian Cinema: a totally evil character who doesn't make excuses for his evil. His mannerisms and dialogues have become an integral part of Bollywood lexicon and spawned numerous parodies and spoofs. Sholay went on to become a blockbuster. Although it boasted an ensemble cast of superstars including Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar,[5] he stole the thunder with his unorthodox and eerie dialogue delivery that was perfectly apposite to the total lack of empathy his character was supposed to convey. Even today people fondly remember his dialogues and mannerisms. He later appeared in advertisements as Gabbar Singh endorsing Britannia Glucose Biscuits (popularly known as "Gabbar Ki Asli Pasand"), and it was the first incidence of a villain being used to sell a popular product.[6]

After the success of Sholay, Khan continued to play villain roles in many subsequent Hindi films in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s – superseding, in terms of popularity and demand, the earlier Indian actor, Ajit — portraying more sophisticated and urbane criminal bosses, mastermind of bank robberies, murders and conspiracies to seize power. He often acted as villain opposite Amitabh Bachchan as the hero. His role in 'Inkaar' was also presented in terrifying manner. He made his presence felt in 'Des Pardes', 'Nastik', 'Satte Pe Satta', 'Dada', 'Chambal Ki Kasam', 'Ganga Ki Saugandh', 'Hum Kisise Kam Nahin', and 'Naseeb'.

Khan was also acclaimed for playing many unconventional roles. In the critically acclaimed film Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977) (based on the novel of the same title) by Munshi Premchand and directed by Satyajit Ray, Khan played the helpless and deluded monarch Wajid Ali Shah, whose kingdom, Avadh, is being targeted by British colonialists from the British East India Company. It is the only movie in which he dubbed a song. He played many positive roles in films such as Yaarana (1981) and Laawaris (1981) as Amitabh's friend and father respectively. In the art film Utsav (1984), he portrayed Vatsayana, the author of the Kama Sutra. In 1988 he appeared in the Merchant-Ivory English film The Perfect Murder as an underworld don. He excelled at playing comical characters in films such as Qurbani (1980), Love Story, and Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986). In 1991, he reprised his role as Gabbar Singh in Ramgarh Ke Sholay, a parody of the legendary film which included look-alikes of Dev Anand and Amitabh Bachchan.

He ventured into directing for a brief period in the 1980s directing and starring in Chor Police (1983), which was a success, and Ameer Aadmi Gareeb Aadmi (1985) which failed to do well at the box office.

Amjad was the president of the Actors Guild association. He was respected in the film industry. He would intervene and negotiate disputes between actors and directors/producers. One such dispute occurred when Dimple Kapadia agreed to play a mother role and later backed down. The entire film producer community tried to boycott her. Amjad intervened on behalf of the Actors Guild.

Personal life[edit]

In 1972, he married Shehla Khan and in the following year, she gave birth to their first child, Shadaab Khan, who acted in a few films. He also had a daughter Ahlam Khan and another son Seemaab Khan. His daughter Ahlam married popular theater actor Zafar Karachiwala in 2011.[7]

Death[edit]

In 1986, Khan had a near-fatal accident on the Mumbai-Goa road, when he drove his car into a tree while trying to avoid a boulder. The drugs administered to him caused a serious weight problem for the rest of his life. As a result of his increasing weight, he died in 1992 after suffering from heart failure at the age of 52. Several of the films he had completed were released after his death, right until 1996. His funeral procession passed from his house in Pali Hill to the Muslim Burial in Bandra East.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Character/Role Notes
1951 Nazneen as Amjad, child artist
1957 Ab Dilli Dur Nahin Lachhu as Amjad, child artist
1961 Maya as Amjad, child artist
1973 Hindustan Ki Kasam
1975 Sholay Gabbar Singh Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
1976 Charas
1976 Ginny Aur Johnny
1977 Aafat Shera
1977 Aakhri Goli
1977 Chakkar Pe Chakkar Avdhut
1977 Hum Kisise Kum Naheen Saudagar Singh
1977 Kasam Khoon Ki Bhajirao
1977 Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein Nattu
1977 Parvarish Mangal Singh
1977 Ram Bharose Bhanupratap
1977 Shatranj Ke Khiladi Wajid Ali Shah
1978 Apna Khoon Khan
1978 Besharam Digvijay Singh/Dharamdas
1978 Bandie Kanchan V. Singh
1978 Bhookh Thakur Harnam Singh
1978 Des Pardes Bhoot Singh/Avtar Singh
1978 Ganga Ki Saugand Thakur Jashwant Singh
1978 Heeralal Pannalal Panther
1978 Inkaar Raj Singh 'Kidnapper'
1978 Kasme Vaade Juda, the Hunchback Guest appearance
1978 Khoon Ki Pukaar Zalim Singh/Sardar
1978 Muqaddar
1978 Muqaddar Ka Sikandar Dilawar
1978 Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan Kalandhar
1978 Ram Kasam
1978 Sawan Ke Geet
1979 Ahsaas Pradeep Rai Choudhry
1979 Atmaram
1979 Chambal Ki Raani
1979 Dada Fazlu
1979 Do Shikaari Zorro
1979 Hamare Tumhare Mr. Chaudhary, Sonia's Father
1979 Hum Tere Aashiq Hain Thakur Shamsher Singh
1979 Lok Parlok Ram Shastri/Boston Strangler/
Raman Raghav/Ram Ghulam
1979 Meera Badshah Akbar
1979 Mr. Natwarlal Vikram Singh
1979 Raakhi Ki Saugandh Jagganath 'Jagga'/Yahwar Pahwar Khan
1979 Sarkari Mehmaan
1979 Suhaag Vikram Kapoor
1980 Bombay 405 Miles Veer Singh
1980 Chambal Ki Kasam
1980 Jwalamukhi Daku Sher Singh
1980 Khanjar Prince/Swamiji
1980 Lahu Pukarega
1980 Lootmaar Vikram
1980 Pyaara Dushman
1980 Qurbani Inspector Amjad Khan
1980 Ram Balram Suleiman Seth
1980 Yari Dushmani Birju
1981 Anusandhan
1981 Barsaat Ki Ek Raat Kaliram H. Sahu
1981 Chehre Pe Chehra Kanhus, Martha's brother
1981 Commander Commander Singh
1981 Dhuaan Sunil's boss
1981 Gehra Zakhm
1981 Hum Se Badkar Kaun Chandan/Bholaram
1981 Jail Yatra Kuldeep
1981 Kanhaiyaa Madhav Singh
1981 Paanch Qaidi
1981 Kaalia Shahani Seth/Jaswant
1981 Katilon Ke Kaatil Black Cobra
1981 Khoon Ka Rishta
1981 Ladies Tailor Nawab Amjad Khan
1981 Laawaris Ranvir Singh
1981 Love Story Havaldar Sher Singh
1981 Maan Gaye Ustaad Munna/Shera
1981 Naseeb Damu (Damodar)
1981 Plot No. 5
1981 Professor Pyarelal Ronnie/Ranjit Singh/Gomes
1981 Rocky Robert D'Souza
1981 Shama Dargah devotee
1981 Waqt Ki Deewar Thakur Ranvir Dayal Singh
1981 Yaarana Bishan
1981 Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai Sharif Khan/Sharafat Ali/Karamat Ali/
Salamat Ali/Wajahat Ali
1982 Satte Pe Satta Ranjit Singh
1982 Baghawat Maharaj Durjan Singh/
Maharaj Vikram Singh
1982 Daulat Joseph D'Souza/Tripathi
1982 Desh Premee Thakur Pratap Singh
1982 Dharam Kanta Chandan Singh/Jwala Singh
1982 Insaan
1982 Samraat Ranbir
1982 Teesri Aankh Jabbar Singh
1982 Taqdeer Ka Badshah
1982 Teri Maang Sitaron Se Bhar Doon Mohammed 'Sultan Bhai'/
Sultan Singh Rathod
1983 Achha Bura Mohammad Sher Khan/
Kamalrup Chaurasiya 'Shera'
1983 Bade Dil Wala Bhagwat Singh (B.K.)/
Dr. Joshi
1983 Chor Police Barkhi Khan
1983 Himmatwala Sher Singh Bandookwala
1983 Hum Se Hai Zamana Iqbal/Thakur's son
1983 Humse Na Jeeta Koi Bheema Singh
1983 Jaani Dost Hari/Nooruddin/Harry
1983 Mahaan Vikram Singh
1983 Nastik Tiger
1984 Bindiya Chamkegi Inspector Vijay A. Kumar
1984 Dhokebaaz
1984 Kaamyaab
1984 Tere Mere Beech Mei A film by Dada Kondke
1984 Maati Maange Khoon Thakur Balram Singh
1984 Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! Kundan Kapadia
1984 Pet Pyaar Aur Paap
1984 Utsav Vatsyayan
1985 Ameer Aadmi Gharib Aadmi Akram
1985 Ee Lokam Ivide Kure Manushyar Abbas Malayalam film
1985 Ek Daku Saher Mein Surjan Singh
1985 Ek Se Bhale Do Balram/Bhima
1985 Maa Kasam Chakradhari
1985 Mera Saathi Ram Kumar's play character
1985 Mohabbat Gamma Pehalwan
1985 Pataal Bhairavi Vishvanath Chanchal
1986 Andheri Raat Mein Diya Tere Haath Mein Sultan
1986 Chameli Ki Shaadi Advocate Harish
1986 Jeeva Sardar
1986 Love and God Kais' family servant
1986 Mohabbat Ki Kasam Baseera Singh
1986 Nasihat
1986 Pahunchey Huwe Log
1986 Peechha Karro Brigadier
1986 Simhasanam Telugu film
1986 Singhasan Kupateshwar Simhasanam in Hindi
1986 Vikram Tamil film
1986 Zindagani Bhola
1987 Ahsaan
1987 Insaniyat Ke Dushman Pratap Singh
1987 Jaago Hua Savera
1987 Maashuka
1987 Sitapur Ki Geeta Thakur Pratap Singh
1988 Bees Saal Baad Bhavani Baba
1988 Do Waqt Ki Roti Tantia Bheel/Purshottam
1988 Inteqam
1988 Kabrastan Nepolean D'Costa
1988 Kanwarlal John Jani Janardhan
1988 Maalamaal Suleiman Dada
1988 Paanch Fauladi Delaware Khan, Fauladi No. 5
1988 Qatil Badshah Akram Khan
1988 The Perfect Murder Lala Heera Lal
1989 Dost Sher Singh
1989 Khuli Khidki Dr. A.K. Jayant
1989 Meri Zabaan Inspector Malpani/
Arjun Vaswani
1989 Naqab Nawab Dada Sarkar
1989 Santosh Qaidi No. 333
1990 Lekin... Shafi Ahmed Sidiqqui
1990 Maha-Sangram Bada Ghoda
1990 Pati Patni Aur Tawaif Sulaiman Dildar
1991 Love Guruji
1991 Izzat
1991 Ramgarh Ke Sholay Gabbar Singh
1991 Yaara Dildara
1992 Aasmaan Se Gira Alien ruler
1992 Dil Hi To Hai Maharaj Vikram Garg
1992 Ele, My Friend Omar
1992 Saali Adhi Ghar Waali
1992 Waqt Ka Badshah
1992 Virodhi Judge
1993 Bechain
1993 In Custody Babu's Musician English Film
1993 Rudaali Thakur Ram Avtar, Lakhsman's father
1993 Bannada Gejje Kannada film starring V Ravichandran
1993 Prema Yudham Telugu film starring Nagarjuna Akkineni,
Remake of Bannada Gejje
1994 Do Fantoosh Bajrang
1995 Anokhi Chaal
1996 Aatank Alphonso
1996 Hukumnama
1996 Sautela Bhai Thakur Narayandas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Remember the old baddies?". MSN India. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Gabbar Singh". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  3. ^ http://entertainment.oneindia.in/celebs/amjad-khan/biography.html
  4. ^ "Bollywood's Shah Rukh Khan, Dilip Kumar and the Peshawar club". BBC News. 29 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Sanjeev Kumar was nominated that year for the Filmfare award for Best Actor category as 'Thakur Baldev Singh' in Sholay
  6. ^ "Glucon D Bisuits Amjad Khan | Print Ads | MBA Skool-Study.Learn.Share". Mbaskool.com. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  7. ^ "Zafar Karachiwala, Ahlam Khan got married - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 23 September 2011. 

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