Born: 25 September 1939
Died: 27 April 2009
- He was born Zulfikar Ali Shah Khan, was an Indian actor, film editor, producer, and director in the Hindi film industry.
- He appeared in over 51 films in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and became one of Bollywood’s popular style icons.
- He is best remembered for his films Safar (1970), Mela (1971), Upaasna (1971), Apradh (1972), Khotte Sikkay (1974), Kala Sona (1975), Dharmatma (1975), and Qurbani (1980).
- Later he directed and acted in more films such as Janbaaz (1986), Dayavan (1988), Meet Mere Man Ke (1991), Yalgaar (1992), Janasheen (2003) and Welcome (2007).
- He won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Aadmi Aur Insaan in 1970 and was honored with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
- He became a successful producer and director in 1971 so as to improve his career opportunities as a leading man with 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 Afghanistan and was also his first blockbuster hit as a 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.
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September 25, 2019