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By: Faridoon Shahryar, IndiaFM
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
"I am the most compassionate man in the world," said Feroz Khan in a television interview a couple of days after President Pervez Musharraf banned his entry into Pakistan for his alleged 'Anti-Pakistan' statements during the premier of Akbar Khan's Taj Mahal in Lahore.
It was widely reported that Khan had misbehaved with Television anchor Faqr-e-Alam in an inebriated state. He also admitted saying that "India is a secular country where a Sikh Prime Minister and a Muslim President are the pride of the nation, unlike Pakistan which was created for Muslims but where Muslims are killing each other." BJP General Secretary Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi lauded Feroz Khan for his dare-devilry inciting Akbar Khan who promised to sue the politician for causing a rift between the two nations by making provocative statements. It's high time we deconstructed the man at the centre of this heated controversy and set the record straight.
Feroz Khan is the eldest of the three celebrity brothers Sanjay and Akbar Khan. In a career spanning forty years, he has produced, directed and acted in trendsetting films like Qurbani, Jaanbaaz, Apraadh, Dharmatma and Dayavaan. He has lived life on his own terms and conditions. "I am a no nonsense guy," he said during the course of that television interview. "My reputation of being hot headed precedes me, but I can't help it if I call a spade a spade." That's how he has lived his life.
He is known to relish the finer things of life. Wine, women and fast life have always been his pet passion but not necessarily in the same order. The lavish parties thrown by him were the talk of the town. And many of those parties provided succor for gossip mongers as the host often ended up getting involved in a scuffle with a few of his guests. The action hero in him always comes to the fore. His movies reek of the same lavishness, great music, delectable sensuousness and loads of Style. In spite of catching up in years, Feroz Khan hasn't lost the touch of yore. He didn't think twice before disparaging Amitabh Bachchan during an award show for not doing his Qurbani. Of course, he was drunk so no one took him seriously. But maybe, when he tried to be a saviour to Manisha Koirala's "timidness" on being "hectored" by anchor Faqr-e-Alam, the host country rose up against him.
The studio audience applauded Feroz Khan for his brave stance when he defended himself by stating that he is a "Nationalist" but he didn't wish to hurt any other country's sentiments. "I got a lot of love from the people of Pakistan and I was never deported as was mentioned in some sections of the media," he said showing his Passport as a proof. His faux-pas may have earned him the stature of a "National Hero" in the eyes of the hardliners in India but maybe they are unaware that Feroz Khan is said to have had close contacts with the underworld and allegedly he is the man who first introduced Sanjay Dutt to Dawood Ibrahim during a party in Dubai while filming Yalgaar.
It would be unfair to take away due credit from the Jaanbaz Khan. For as soon as the trial by media of his Pak visit was over, the audience was treated to some lovely Urdu poetry presented in a brilliant manner. It was made clear during his rare television interview that Feroz Khan is a gripping actor who ought to be performing more often before the movie camera rather than getting into awkward situations in the stark public glare. A great father, he has cast Fardeen Khan in the role essayed by himself in the remake of Qurbani while he himself is playing the role of the bumbling inspector immortalized by Amjad Khan.
Here's hoping that henceforth he would concentrate mostly on his movies, drink only in private and resist from causing embarrassment to his near and dear ones when on the public platform.