Monday, April 27, 2009

Farewell - Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan passed away early this morning. The long battle with the dreaded disease, fought valiantly, is now over.

Feroz Khan joined the film industry in the early sixties, and set out to establish himself, amidst stiff competition from others like Dharmendra, Dilip Kumar, Jeetendra, and the like.
In the next two decades he acted in some of the most popular 'hits' of the times - Arzoo, Oonche Log, Safar and Aadmi Aur Insaan. And while he mostly played second lead, he managed to carve out a niche for himself. with his rich baritone voice, the sofisticated style of dialogue delivery which will always be remembered is distinctly different and 'classy'

Feroz Khan found reasonable success with his production ventures too. 'Qurbani' produced by him in 1980 turned out to be a huge block buster. Other films followed at regular intervals. Everytime, Feroz Khan came back from behind, refusing to be forgotten in the annals of Bollywood history.

The last time we saw him on screen was in the the lovable role of a 'Bhai' named 'RDX' in the recent comedy - 'Welcome'

As an individual, he stood apart from his colleagues and contemporaries because of a certain sofistication, a certain finese in his personality, which reflected the good upbringing and grooming that he had benefitted from.

With the passing of Feroz Khan, another memorable chapter in the long history of Bollywood comes to a close. Feroz Khan's quality contribution to Hindi cinema will always be remembered, especially by those who belonged to his generation.

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