Amjad Khan was born on 12 November 1940 in the Hyderabad. His father was Jayant who was a great actor. His brothers Imtiaz and Inayat were also in the film industry. He completed his schooling education from St Theresa's High School in Bandra. He then joined R D National College, Bandra and he was the General Secretary their. He did his first film as a child actor in 1957 and film was "Ab Dilli Dur Nahin". In 1972 he got married with Sheila Khan. He had three children two sons and one daughter. First son Shadaab Khan also played role into some films, another son was Inayat Khan and daughter Ahlaam Khan.
Initially he was a theatre actor before entering into film industry. When he was 17 years old, he did first film as a child actor. He was assistance director of K.Asif for the film "Love and God". In the 1973, he gave his first film as an adult was "Hindustan Ki Kasam".
In 1975 film's writer Salim gave offer to Amjad for role of Gabbar Singh (for film Sholay). He accepted this offer and read the book Abhishapth written by Tarun Kumar Bhaduri. The film "Sholay" becomes much hit on box office and breaks all the records. This film was ever green film in India and cast two superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. From this film Amjad Khan was known as Gabbar Singh.
From the film Sholay he started to perform villainous roles. During 1970-1980 he performed most of roles of villain. He played villain opposite to actor Amitabh Bachchan. Ajit was a competitor for Amjad during that time.
Except villain he played other various roles such as he played helpless man in Satyajit Ray's "Shatranj Ke Khiladi" released in 1977. He played very few positive roles but all with Amitabh Bachchan in "Yarana" released in 1981. In this film he played role of best friend of Bachchan. Other positive role in film "Laawaris" in which he played a father of Bachchan. Some of his films in which he played comic roles were Qurbani released in 1980 and Chameli Ki Shaadi in 1986. He also directed two films "Chor Police in 1983" and "Aamir Adami Garib Adami in 1985", but both were not hit on box office.
He met with one car accident on Bombay to Goa road in 1976. Because of drugs his weight was increasing and he died in 1992. Some of his films were released after the death of Amjad Khan.
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