|Native name||امجد خان
|Born||Amjad Zakaria Khan
12 November 1940
Peshawar, British India
|Died||27 July 1992
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||Film actor, director|
|Known for||Gabbar Singh|
Amjad Zakaria Khan (12 November 1940 – 27 July 1992) was an Indian actor and director. 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 and of Dilawar in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978).
Amjad Khan was born in Adezai, a small village of Peshawar, British India, to legendary actor Jayant. He was of Pathan origin. His brothers are actors Imtiaz Khan and Inayat Khan who acted in one film. His family was originally from the city of Peshawar, in modern day Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan).
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 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 by Salim Khan who was one of its writers. In 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 in Indian Cinema. 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, who was nominated that year for the Filmfare award for Best Actor category, Amjad stole the show with his unorthodox and eerie dialogue delivery. Even to this day 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"), the first incidence of a villain being used to sell a popular product.
After the success of Sholay, Khan continued to play negative 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. 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 out. The entire film producers' community tried to boycott her. Amjad intervened on behalf of the Actors Guild.
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. Ahlam married popular theater actor Zafar Karachiwala in 2011.
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, until 1996. His funeral procession passed from his house in Pali Hill to the Muslim Burial in Bandra East.
|1951||Nazneen||credited as Amjad, child artist|
|1957||Ab Dilli Dur Nahin||Lachhu|
|1973||Hindustan Ki Kasam|
|1975||Sholay||Gabbar Singh||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Ginny Aur Johnny|
|Chakkar Pe Chakkar||Avdhut|
|Hum Kisise Kum Naheen||Saudagar Singh|
|Kasam Khoon Ki||Bhajirao|
|Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein||Nattu|
|Shatranj Ke Khiladi||Wajid Ali Shah|
|Bandie||Kanchan V. Singh|
|Bhookh||Thakur Harnam Singh|
|Des Pardes||Bhoot Singh/Avtar Singh|
|Ganga Ki Saugand||Thakur Jashwant Singh|
|Inkaar||Raj Singh 'Kidnapper'|
|Kasme Vaade||Juda, the Hunchback||Guest appearance|
|Khoon Ki Pukaar||Zalim Singh/Sardar|
|Muqaddar Ka Sikandar||Dilawar|
|Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan||Kalandhar|
|Sawan Ke Geet|
|1979||Ahsaas||Pradeep Rai Choudhry|
|Chambal Ki Raani|
|Hamare Tumhare||Mr. Chaudhary, Sonia's Father|
|Hum Tere Aashiq Hain||Thakur Shamsher Singh|
|Lok Parlok||Ram Shastri/Boston Strangler/
Raman Raghav/Ram Ghulam
|Mr. Natwarlal||Vikram Singh|
|Raakhi Ki Saugandh||Jagganath 'Jagga'/Yahwar Pahwar Khan|
|1980||Bombay 405 Miles||Veer Singh|
|Chambal Ki Kasam|
|Jwalamukhi||Daku Sher Singh|
|Qurbani||Inspector Amjad Khan|
|Ram Balram||Suleiman Seth|
|Barsaat Ki Ek Raat||Kaliram H. Sahu|
|Chehre Pe Chehra||Kanhus, Martha's brother|
|Hum Se Badkar Kaun||Chandan/Bholaram|
|Katilon Ke Kaatil||Black Cobra|
|Khoon Ka Rishta|
|Ladies Tailor||Nawab Amjad Khan|
|Love Story||Havaldar Sher Singh|
|Maan Gaye Ustaad||Munna/Shera|
|Plot No. 5|
|Professor Pyarelal||Ronnie/Ranjit Singh/Gomes|
|Waqt Ki Deewar||Thakur Ranvir Dayal Singh|
|Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai||Sharif Khan/Sharafat Ali/Karamat Ali/
Salamat Ali/Wajahat Ali
|1982||Satte Pe Satta||Ranjit Singh|
|Baghawat||Maharaj Durjan Singh/
Maharaj Vikram Singh
|Desh Premee||Thakur Pratap Singh|
|Dharam Kanta||Chandan Singh/Jwala Singh|
|Teesri Aankh||Jabbar Singh|
|Taqdeer Ka Badshah|
|Teri Maang Sitaron Se Bhar Doon||Mohammed 'Sultan Bhai'/
Sultan Singh Rathod
|1983||Achha Bura||Mohammad Sher Khan/
Kamalrup Chaurasiya 'Shera'
|Bade Dil Wala||Bhagwat Singh (B.K.)/
|Chor Police||Barkhi Khan|
|Himmatwala||Sher Singh Bandookwala|
|Hum Se Hai Zamana||Iqbal/Thakur's son|
|Humse Na Jeeta Koi||Bheema Singh|
|1984||Bindiya Chamkegi||Inspector Vijay A. Kumar|
|Tere Mere Beech Mei||A film by Dada Kondke|
|Maati Maange Khoon||Thakur Balram Singh|
|Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!||Kundan Kapadia|
|Pet Pyaar Aur Paap|
|1985||Ameer Aadmi Gharib Aadmi||Akram|
|Ee Lokam Ivide Kure Manushyar||Abbas||Malayalam film|
|Ek Daku Saher Mein||Surjan Singh|
|Ek Se Bhale Do||Balram/Bhima|
|Mera Saathi||Ram Kumar's play character|
|Pataal Bhairavi||Vishvanath Chanchal|
|1986||Andheri Raat Mein Diya Tere Haath Mein||Sultan|
|Chameli Ki Shaadi||Advocate Harish|
|Love and God||Kais' family servant|
|Mohabbat Ki Kasam||Baseera Singh|
|Pahunchey Huwe Log|
|Singhasan||Kupateshwar||Simhasanam in Telugu|
|Insaniyat Ke Dushman||Pratap Singh|
|Jaago Hua Savera|
|Sitapur Ki Geeta||Thakur Pratap Singh|
|1988||Bees Saal Baad||Bhavani Baba|
|Do Waqt Ki Roti||Tantia Bheel/Purshottam|
|Kanwarlal||John Jani Janardhan|
|Paanch Fauladi||Dilawar Khan, Fauladi No. 5|
|Qatil||Badshah Akram Khan|
|The Perfect Murder||Lala Heera Lal|
|Khuli Khidki||Dr. A.K. Jayant|
|Meri Zabaan||Inspector Malpani/
|Naqab||Nawab Dada Sarkar|
|Santosh||Qaidi No. 333|
|1990||Lekin...||Shafi Ahmed Sidiqqui|
|Pati Patni Aur Tawaif||Sulaiman Dildar|
|Ramgarh Ke Sholay||Gabbar Singh|
|1992||Aasmaan Se Gira||Alien ruler|
|Dil Hi To Hai||Maharaj Vikram Garg|
|Ele, My Friend||Omar|
|Saali Adhi Ghar Waali|
|Waqt Ka Badshah|
|In Custody||Babu's Musician||English Film|
|Rudaali||Thakur Ram Avtar, Lakhsman's father|
|Bannada Gejje||Kannada film starring V Ravichandran|
|Prema Yudham||Telugu film starring Nagarjuna Akkineni,
Remake of Bannada Gejje
|Sautela Bhai||Thakur Narayandas|
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The son of Zakira Khan, a Pathan from the North-West Frontier Province and popular Bollywood character actor of the Fifties and Sixties (screen name Jayant), Khan was born in Bombay in 1943.
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