NEW DELHI: An eminent Bollywood actor and director Feroz Khan (born September 25, 1939 – died April 27, 2009) died of cancer in his Farm House at Banglore on Monday. He was 69. He died after battling cancer for a year at his farmhouse in Bangalore at 1.30 a.m. “Qurbani,Janbaaz,and Arzoo are few of his hits. He made a debut with his first film ‘Oonche Log’ in 1965. During his last visit to Pakistan he became controversial by giving critical observations about Pakistan. In 2006 he was President Pervez Musharraf banned his entry into Pakistan for his alleged ‘anti-Pakistan’ statements during the premier of Akbar Khan’s Taj Mahal in Lahore.
It was widely reported that Firoz Khan had misbehaved with Television anchor Faqr-e-Alam and he admitted saying that ‘India is a secular country where a Sikh Prime Minister and a Muslim President are the pride of the nation, unlike Pakistan which was created for Muslims but where Muslims are killing each other’.
Firoz Khan was born in Bangalore, India. His father was Sadiq Ali Khan Tanoli,who was a Pathan originally from Ghazni province of Afghanistan and his mother (Fatima) came from Iran. He has three brothers Sanjay Khan, Sameer Khan and Akbar Khan. After his schooling from Bangalore, he arrived in Mumbai where he made his debut as second lead in Didi (1960).