Feroz Khan was born on 25 September 1939 in Banglore, India, to an Afghan Immigrant. His father belonged to a Tanoli tribe of Pashtun ethnicity from Ghazni province of Afghanistan while his mother was of Iranian background. Khan was educated in Bishop Cotton Boy’s School and St. Germain High School, Banglore. His brothers are Sanjay Khan (Abbas Khan), Shahrukh Shah Ali Khan, Semir Khan and Akbar Khan. His sisters are Khurshid Shahnavar and Dilshad Begum Sheikh, popularly known as Dilshad Bibi. After his schooling in Bangalore, he travelled to Mumbai where he made his debut as second lead in Didi in 1960.
Through the early 1960s and 1970s, he made low-budget thrillers opposite starlets. In 1962, he appeared in an English-language film titled Tarzan goes to India opposite Simi Garewal. His first big hit was Oonche Log(1965), where he was pitted against screen idols Raaj Kumar and Ashok Kumar, he gave a notable sensitive performance. It was followed by some more small budget hit films like Samson, Ek Sapera Ek Lootera and Char Darvesh. Again, in the same year, he played a sacrificing lover in the mushy musical Arzoo, starring Sadhna. With this, Khan earned his entry into A-list second leads. With the film Aadmi Aur Insaan(1969), Khan won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. His other hit films were Khotey Sikkay, Geeta Mera Naam, Pyasi Sham, Shankar Shambhu and Safar. He appeared alongside his real-life brother Sanjay Khan in the hit films Upasana(1967), Mela(1971) and Nagin(1976).
He turned into a successful producer and director in 1971. His first directorial film Apradh, which was the first Indian movie showing auto racing in Germany, Mumtaaz was his co-star. He produced, directed, and starred in the 1975 film Dharmatma, which was the first Indian film to be shot in Afganistan and was also his first blockbuster hit as producer, director, and star and marked the appearance of actress Hema Malini in a glamorous avatar. This movie was inspired by the Hollywood film The Godfather.
Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, he was a leading Bollywood star, directing and starring in many of his films. He also starred in the Punjabi film Bhagat Dhanna Jat (1974). The 1980 film Qurbani, with Zeenat Aman, was the biggest hit of his career and launched the singing career of iconic Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan, with her memorable track “Aap Jaisa Koi”. In 1986, he directed and starred in Janbaaz, a box office hit, which some consider being one of his best movies, featured an all-star cast and possessed great songs and excellent cinematography.
During this Feroz Khan married Sundari Khan in 1965, but divorced in 1985. They have two children, Laila Khan (born 1970), and Fardeen Khan(born 1974).
In 1988, he directed and starred in Dayavan. After directing and starring in Yalgaar (1992), he took a long break from acting for 11 years.
He launched his son Fardeen Khan career with the 1998 film Prem Aggan, which, however, was a box office failure in 2003. He made his acting comeback as well as produced and directed Janasheen, which also starred his son Fardeen. He always used performing animals in his films — a chimpanzee and lion were used in Janasheen — but People for Animals (PFA) Haryana chairman Naresh Kadyan moved a complaint in the court of law at Faridabad for animal cruelty and legal action as per law against the producer, director, and actor.
He starred alongside his son again in Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena(2005) and made his last film appearance in Welcome(2007). In May 2006, Feroz Khan was blacklisted by then Pakistan President when he went there to promote his brother’s film, Taj Mahal, due to some unethical behaviour. But it never confirms.
He died from lung cancer on 27 April 2009 at the age of 69. During his illness, he returned to rest at his farmhouse in Banglore and buried near to his mother’s grave at Hosur Road Shia Kabristan.
His famous songs are –
Tere chehre me wo jadoo hai….. (Movie : Dharmatma)
Kya dekhte ho surat tumhari….. (Movie : Querbani)
Darpan ko dekha….. (Movie : Upasana)