We have sad news to report today as veteran actor and filmmaker Feroz Khan has passed away at his farmhouse in Bangalore at 1:30 a.m. this morning. His death comes as a result of a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.
"Feroz Khan's contribution to the Indian film industry is huge and the film industry has suffered a big loss," said his nephew Zayed Khan. "He was an Indian style icon and was an inspiration to many youngsters like me."
Feroz Khan's major contribution to Indian films was giving Indian viewers a more Western view of life through the silver screen. From his acting and directing to the way he dressed, he was instrumental in exposing Bollywood films to a Western element. His larger-than-life appearance made him a standout on the Bollywood scene and a critical favorite.
"He always believed in giving the best and made films with a westernized outlook," his son, Sanjay Khan said. "He always believed in hard work and never gave up despite facing bottlenecks. His creativity levels always remained at the top. He made sustained efforts to make huge films with the best artists and technicians in the industry."
Feroz was born on September 25, 1939 in Bangalore, India. He was active in the movie industry for nearly 50 years, dating back to 1960 where his first acting role came in the movie, 'Didi.' Feroz appeared in numerous films, with his first big hit being, 'Oonche Log' in 1965. He also starred in, produced and directed 'Dharmatma,' the first Indian film to be shot in Afghanistan, and turned out to be his first major hit as a producer, actor and director. His most recent film, 'Welcome' was a massive hit and turned out to be his last appearance on film.
Feroz Khan was also known for being a passionate animal lover. He always made it a need to have a performing animal in his films in some way, shape, or form. He wanted to spend his last days in his farmhouse so he can be with his dogs, according to his brother Sanjay Khan.
Feroz Khan is survived by his two children, Laila and actor Fardeen Khan. It's being reported that Feroz's funeral will take place later today.
Our thoughts go out to Feroz Khan's loved ones and fans at this difficult time. He was a true Indian film icon and a pioneer in terms of opening doors creatively for future Indian producers and directors. He has left behind enough movies to last a lifetime, so he will never be forgotten.
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