Sanjay Khan

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Sanjay Khan
BornShah Abbas Khan
(1941-01-03) 3 January 1941 (age 81)
Years active1964–2005
Zarine Khan
m. 1966)

m. 1978;
ChildrenFarah Khan Ali
Simone Arora
Sussanne Khan
Zayed Khan
RelativesFeroz Khan (brother)
Majhar Khan (brother)
Akbar Khan (brother)

Sanjay Khan (born Shah Abbas Khan; 3 January 1941) is an Indian film actor, producer, director known for his works in Hindi films and television.[1] Sanjay Khan made his debut in Chetan Anand's 1964 film Haqeeqat, followed by the Rajshri film Dosti which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for that year.[2]

Khan starred in hit movies like Dus Lakh, Ek Phool Do Mali, Intaqam, Dhund, Mela (1971), etc. He co-starred with his elder brother Feroz Khan in the films Upaasna (1971), Mela (1971) and Nagin (1976). He later turned producer and director with Chandi Sona (1977) and Abdullah (1980). In 1990, he starred in and directed the famous historical fiction television series The Sword of Tipu Sultan.[3]

Early life[edit]

Khan was born as Shah Abbas Khan in Bangalore, India. Son of Sadiq Ali Khan tanoli and Bibi Fatima Begum, with five brothers and two sisters, Dilshad and Khurshid. His elder brother is Feroz Khan, who was a successful actor and also produced super hit movies like Dharmatma and Qurbani. His younger brothers Sameer and Shahrukh are businessmen, while Akbar Khan has made magnum opus Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story.[4][5][6][7]

At the age of 12, Khan was taken to a theatre to see Raj Kapoor's Awaara and was mesmerised by the film. Following the film, he decided to visit with the actors. The manager of the theatre took Khan into the projection room and explained to him how the film is made. To Khan, that was a moment of epiphany and he decided to pursue an acting career. He obtained Senior Cambridge through Cambridge School in Daryaganj, New Delhi.[8]

Deciding not to pursue further education, Khan moved to Mumbai where, before joining Bollywood, he assisted John Guillermin, Hollywood film director for the MGM Production of Tarzan Goes to India (1962).[8]


Sanjay Khan at the wedding of Esha Deol in 2012.

Khan made his debut in Chetan Anand's 1964 war film Haqeeqat in a small role as a soldier. Later that year, he played a pivotal supporting role in the big blockbuster film Dosti. He went on to star in hit films like Dus Lakh (1966), Ek Phool Do Mali (1969), Intaqam (1969), Shart (1969), Mela (1971), Upaasna (1971), Dhund (1973) and Nagin (1976). In 1977, he made his directorial debut with Chandi Sona starring himself, Parveen Babi and Raj Kapoor. In 1980, he directed and starred in Abdullah alongside Raj Kapoor and Zeenat Aman. He made his last film appearance in the 1986 film Kala Dhanda Goray Log, which was his third and last film as a director.

He shifted his focus on television in the late 1980s, directing and starring in the big-budget historical television drama series The Sword of Tipu Sultan. During the making of the series in 1989, a fire broke out on the sets and killed more than 40 crew members and Khan suffered 65% burns to his body.[9] He recovered after 72 surgeries and production on the series resumed later that year with him and his brother Akbar Khan jointly directing episodes of the series. The series first aired on DD National from 1990 to 1991 and lasted 60 episodes. This would have been his final acting role but he went on to produce and direct several other popular television series like The Great Maratha, Jai Hanuman and 1857 Kranti.


  • Uttar Pradesh Film journalists Association Award (1981)
  • Andhra Pradesh journalist award (1986)
  • The Gem of India Award for Excellence (1993)
  • The Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award (1993)
  • The Udyog Ratna Gold Medal Award (1994)
  • The Aashirwad Award (1994).
  • The Arch of Excellence Award (1994)
  • National Citizen's Award (1994)
  • The Glory of India Award (1995)
  • The Super Achiever of India Award (1995)
  • Hind Gaurav Award (1997)
  • Kashi Pandit Sansad Award (1997)
  • Business Initiation Development Award (1997)
  • Honour of Lifetime Achiever Award (1997)
  • Achiever of Millennium Award (1999)
  • The Millennium Achievers (2000)
  • American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (2006)
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award by Screen Star (2009)
  • Biographer of the year award from Power Brands at BFJA (Bollywood Film Journalist's Awards) (2019)[10]


In 1997, he launched his dream project – the five-star deluxe Golden Palms Hotel and Spa in Bangalore. He completed this 150-room hotel with built up area of approximately 300,000 sq ft, with the largest swimming pool ever built in India containing 300,000 litres of water.[11] Golden Palms Hotel and Spa was conceived, designed, constructed was owned by him till 2010; his wife Zarine Khan designed the interiors.[12]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Zarine Khan, they have three daughters and a son, elder daughter Farah Khan Ali married to DJ Aqeel, now divorced, second daughter Simone Arora married to Ajay Arora they own D'decor, his youngest daughter Sussanne Khan (formerly married to actor Hrithik Roshan) and son an actor Zayed Khan married to Malaika.[13]

Sanjay Khan at Rajesh Khanna prayer meet.

Marriage to Zeenat Aman[edit]

Sanjay Khan was briefly married to Zeenat Aman, the marriage took place on 30 December 1978 in a private ceremony with two witnesses in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The relationship lasted less than a year, being annulled on 24 November 1979.[14] The relationship was a difficult one for Zeenat Aman, having suffered domestic abuse including being beaten by Khan in the presence of various guests. It is also believed that the abuse she had to undergo resulted in permanent damage to her right eye.[15]

Fire accident[edit]

A major fire accident took place on 8 February 1989 in the Premier Studios of Mysore where the serial The Sword of Tipu Sultan was being shot. Loose wiring and the absence of ventilators were further causes for the fire to spread. Instead of fire-proofing material, the walls had gunny bags and the temperature rose to around 120 °C (248 °F) because of huge lights being used. All these factors contributed to the massive fire, and the final death toll was 52.[16] Khan suffered major burns and had to spend 13 months in hospital and undergo 73 surgeries.[17]

Books launched[edit]


In 2018, he announced that he signed a deal with Penguin Books to release his autobiography titled The Best Mistakes of My Life and same year announced that he will build a theme park in Agra.[18]

Assalamualaikum Watan[edit]

In 2020, he launched his second and last book "Assalamualaikum Watan".[19][20][21][22]



Year Film Character
1964 Haqeeqat Soldier
Dosti Ashok
1966 Dillagi Joseph Amrine
Dus Lakh Kishore
1967 Dil Ne Pukara Ramesh / Rajan
Milan Ki Raat
1968 Abhilasha Arun R. Singh
1969 Shart Raj
Madhavi Senapati Jai Singh
Beti Dr. Rajesh
Intaquam Rajpal 'Raju'
Ek Phool Do Mali Amar
1970 Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
Pushpanjali Dinesh Khanna
1971 Woh Din Yaad Karo Ajay / Raja
Haseenon Ka Devata Jai
Mela Kishan Singh / Kanhaiya
Upaasna Mohan
Chingari (1971 film) Inspector Mohan
1972 Wafaa Shyam Thakur
Dharkan Suraj Prakash
Sub Ka Saathi
Babul Ki Galiyaan
Anokhi Pehchan
1973 Daaman Aur Aag
Sone Ke Haath
Dhund Advocate Suresh Saxena
1974 Trimurti Vijay
Duniya Ka Mela
1976 Nagin Suraj
1977 Mera Vachan Geeta Ki Kasam
Mastan Dada
Chandi Sona Mayur
1980 Abdullah Sheikh Mohammed Al-Qamaal
1986 Kala Dhanda Goray Log Raja


Year Film Character Actor Producer Director Year Completed
1990 The Sword of Tipu Sultan Tipu Sultan Yes Yes Yes 1991
1994 The Great Maratha No Yes Yes 1994
1997 Jai Hanuman No Yes Yes 2000
2000 Maha Kaavya Mahabharat No Yes Yes 2001
2001 1857 Kranti No Yes Yes 2002
2002 Maharathi Karna No Yes Yes 2003





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