Date of Birth : 12 November 1940
Place of Birth : -
Amjad Khan Profile
Amjad Khan, the second son of character actor Jayant of 50s era, developed a fascination for acting and was about to be launched in a home-production in 1965. But the idea of 'Patther Ke Sanam', his supposed to be debut film, was grounded before it could take off and he had to make do with whatever unconventional roles that he was offered. Luckily, in 1975, he was spotted by N N Sippy for the role of 'Gabbar Singh' in 'Sholay'. This power-backed role changed the course of things to come. He became the new loved and dreaded bad guy of the silver screen. The audience expectations became high, but Amjad Kahn failed to elicit the same response with 'Mr Natwarlal', 'Parvarish', 'Suhaag' or 'Muqadar Ka Sikander'. But occasional movies like 'Inkaar' (1977) did manage to do well again. Amjad Khan not only opted for villainous roles, he also ventured in comic roles like that in 'Qurbaani' (1980) and 'Love Story' (1981). He has some memorable roles to his credit too, including that of a friend to Amitabh Bachchan in 'Yaraana' and the cruel dying Thakur in 'Rudaali'. But things began to deteriorate for him after he met with a car accident. Offers began to shrivel up, and two of his home productions ('Ameer Aadmi' and 'Chor Police?) too failed miserably at the box office. Before he could fulfill his dream of making a film with his best friend, Amitabh Bachchan ('Lambai Chaurai?), he succumbed to a massive heart attack and his dream disintegrated. It was a great loss for the industry and the audiences when he died, because he was a villain they had loved to hate.