The World of Khans

Bollywood is virtually ruled by ‘The Khans.’ Most new Bollywood addicts often ask, ‘Are they all related?’ Well, Yes and No. Khan is a Muslim surname only for Pathans, but as filmy Khans become popular, most of the muslim actors started renaming their last name to Khan, leaving Emran Hashmi apart. There are lots of different film families who share it.

YUSUF KHAN: A Legendary Actor.

Let’s start with one of the very first, and most famous, of the Khans: YUSUF KHAN, a legendary actor better known by his screen name of Dilip Kumar. During the 1940s, the decade which saw the mass bloodshed of Partition and the birth of Pakistan, strife between Hindu and Muslim communities was at an all-time high. Yusuf therefore decided it would be a good career move to adopt an identifiably Hindu name. One of his most famous movies was ‘Devdas’ by Bimal Roy (a film remade in 2002 by Sanjay Leela Bansali, starring another Khan, Shahrukh).

Dilip Kumar has a nephew in the film industry, AYUB KHAN, who acted in some of the light romances of the 1990s like Sainik, Mela. If you’re not sure who he is, watch Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and Prakash Jha’s ‘Apaharan’ in which Ayub played Ajay’s friend and cellmate in Patna Luxury Jail.

Next on my check list is AMJAD KHAN, another celebrity considered the ‘Villian of all time’ thanks to his role as Gabbar Singh in Sholay. He is no more, but the family tradition continues via his son SHABAB KHAN, who has starred opposite Rani Mukherji in her first Hindi film, ‘Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat.’

FEROZ KHAN? I knew you’d be wondering about him. Feroz acted in some of the great hits of the 1970s, and has since produced and directed a number of films, the most successful of which was the blockbuster “Qurbani” (famous for the songs sung by the late Nazia Hassan, and the great dance skills of Zeenat Aman). FARDEEN KHAN is his son, who has done some movies.

Oh, did I forget to mention that Feroz’s brother is none other than SANJAY KHAN? Sanjay is now best known for being the father of Suzanne Khan Roshan, the wife of Hrithik Roshan.

KADER KHAN is a famous comedian who can be seen in some movies as a villian. As far as we know, he is not yet related to anyone.

The most famous Khan of the century, sometimes called the King Khan, does not need an introduction. SHAH RUKH KHAN has a style all his own. He has played different kinds of roles, from romantic to negative, from shy lover to psycho killer, comic to serious, and everything in between. Shahrukh is married to a Hindu, Gauri, and they have two children, Aryan & Suhana. We’ve seen Aryan in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (playing SRK’s character in a flashback to his childhood). Remarkably, Shahrukh is not related to any other Khan in filmdom. He’s a self-made superstar.

SALMAN KHAN was once famous for his great romantic and action hero roles; thanks to several brushes with the law, he’s now better known as the Bad Boy of Bollywood. His father is SALIM KHAN, who co-wrote some of Bollywood’s biggest hits in the 1970s. Salman has two other actor brothers,SOHAIL and ARBAAZ,the latter of which can be seen alongside Salman in ‘Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’.

AAMIR KHAN is a well respected actor, technically the best of the current generation. Aamir is the son of famous director Tahir Hussain, and the nephew of another great director, Nasir Hussain. But back to the Khans… Aamir’s cousin is director MANSOOR KHAN, who directed smash hit ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander’, as well as the Shahrukh
Khan-starrer “Josh.”

IRFAN KHAN is generating new waves, his acting skill is so original. IMRAN KHAN is an eye candy for girls, his Delhi Belly was a classic comedy. And he is Aamir Khan’s nephew.

SAIF ALI KHAN is the son of famous actress Sharmila Tagore and the Nawab Pataudi, a well-known cricket player and aristocrat.

Next time someone asks, ‘Are all these Khans related?, feel free to volunteer your expertise. But don’t rest too comfortably on your laurels: in Bollywood, the only thing surer than a dance across the meadow is a new Khan lurking in the trees!


About Shabab Khan

A Journalist, Philanthropist; Author of 'The Magician', 'Go!', 'Brutal'. Being a passionate writer, I am into Journalism and writing columns, news stories, articles for top media houses. Twitter Handle:@khantastix
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