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Feroze Khan: man who brought style to Hindi cinema leaves the world in style

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FIROZ KHAN

FIROZ KHAN

Whenever the history of style in India would be written, in all such chronicles name of Feroz Khan would be a shinning beacon in all such compilations. He was a man who single-handedly was able to bring style into every frame that he directed and though the films may or may not have been a success at the box office, the element of style associated with his films is what kept Feroze Khan in vogue. It was evident from the last film in which he acted WELCOME, where he literally towered over everyone else who was there in the frame. It was his association with the style probably, which must have encouraged the producer and director of WELCOME to give him a saxophone and become a part of a song.

He was the star, who right from the time when he made his debut on the silver screen was able to carve out a specialist niche of his own, and his niche was further accentuated when he started producing and directing the films himself. Feroz Khan broke in the main league with the stupendous success of AARZOO, and from then on in most of the films that he enacted in his screen name was Rajesh.

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His sojourn with style began with DHARMATMA which was his first film as a producer and director and it marked arrival of an actor on the firmament of Hindi cinema who had style written all over his products. It was in his quest for style that he went and shot DHARMATMA in Afghanistan, the first film to be shot, and presented Hema Malini in a new light. Another significant feature of his films was music, and his keen sense of music was in its manifestation from DHARMATMA itself. "Kya Khoob lagti ho, the all time great song of love, where the mouth organ catches its nodes against the vibrations of wind could only have been an imagination from the heart of Feroze Khan. No wonder, it was used repeatedly in DHARMATMA.

In his quest to provide lilting music Feroz Khan was the first director who dared to travel, introduced to the Indian cinema the choice of world music as it was evolving with his epic film QURBANI that had many firsts to its credit. It was the second major film after SHOLAY, which transformed the image of Amjad Khan and gave to Hindi cinema the voice of Nazia Hassan and the music of Biddu. While most of us would be aware of this contribution made by Feroz Khan to the world of cinema very few would be aware that it was in QURBANI to add authenticity to the film Feroz Khan had broken a brand new Mercedes car and not a scrap one. Nobody could dare to do it during those days, but Feroz Khan had the audacity to do it. It was also through QURBANI that Vinod Khanna got a new lease of life in his career, and what oomph and glamour Zeenat Aman had, was once again reemphasized.

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Feroze Khan followed this with DAYAVAAN, which again became a film worth its name for the sheer fact that it was the first and last film where Madhuri Dixit had kissed on screen. YALGAAR followed DAYAVAAN and through it Feroz Khan introduced the hip-hop music of clubs of London to the Indian audience and he brought Channi Singh to the world of Hindi cinema. His acme of stylization was in JAANBAAZ and in JAANASHEEN. Dimple Kapadia never looked as sultry and sexy as she did in this film, nor did Anil Kapoor appear as stylish.

He was a man who created new frontiers in film making be it through locations, or music or through characterizations. It was only his faith in his ability that he could literally shoot a whole film in a stud farm, JAANBAAZ, and never let element of boredom creep through the choice of location. It would be difficult to fill the void left by him, as he was ready to play the third innings of his career. May be, there was a need for stylist in God's court, and Feroz Khan has made a grand entry there after spending his last moments in the farm house that he created for himself in Bangalore. But as long as style and Hindi cinema would be a subject of study his name would be taken with reverence.



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