Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

It’s been 14 years since legendary actor Feroz Khan left for his heavenly abode. Feroz was known for his cowboyish swag, flamboyant style and cigar-toting persona. He revolutionised the style quotient of conventional ‘filmi’ hero. The actor made his debut in Didi (1960) and was last seen in Welcome (2007). Throughout his acting career spanning several decades, he worked in over 60 movies and remained one of the popular style icons till the end. 

Remembering the legendary actor on his 14th death anniversary, here we bring a lesser-known story of when Feroz broke Raaj Kumar's arrogance.

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The black-and-white era of Bollywood gave some of the biggest actors including Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Madhubala, Nargis, Meena Kumari and many more. They have a unique identity and a huge fan base till date. 

Of the many, Raaj Kumar is one such actor who became immortal for his personality, attitude and unique dialogue delivery. Before entering the cine industry, he worked as a sub-inspector in Mumbai police. He took up acting and worked in several movies. Apart from his unique and stylish onscreen appearance, he was well known for ‘Jaani’.

However, Feroz once took down Raaj Kumar’s arrogance with his domineering personality. As per reports, in 1965, Feroz was seen with Raaj Kumar in Unche Log. However, during the shooting of the movie, when both of them came together during a scene, they couldn’t coordinate properly. After several retakes, Raaj Kumar got annoyed and reprimanded Feroz. He asked him to take acting tips. Feroz was new to the industry in those days and Raaj Kumar was already an established star. But, Feroz didn’t get scared and in reply, he told Raaj Kumar that it would be good if he minded his own business. 

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Feroz Khan’s real name was Zulfiqar Ali Shah Khan and he was born on September 25, 1939, in Bangalore (Bengaluru). Apart from his charismatic performance, he was quite popular for his set of rules for work. Feroz didn’t work on Sundays for which he left several movie offers including Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna-starrer Hera Pheri.