Shadaab Khan is an Indian actor, writer, film director, and author. He is the son of the late Indian actor Amjad Khan.
Shadaab Khan was born on Thursday, 20 September 1973 (age 48 years; as of 2022) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Shadaab’s zodiac sign is Virgo. He went to Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School Mangelwadi in Juhu, Mumbai. He was born into a family with an acting background. He started his acting career at an early age.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Shadaab was born and brought up in a Muslim family in Mumbai. From his father’s side, he is of Hindkowan descent, mainly found in Peshawar, Pakistan. His family is of Afghani Pashtun descent.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Amjad Khan, was a legendary film actor. His mother’s name is Shehla Khan. Shadaab’s grandfather, Jayant, was also an actor. He has two siblings. He has two siblings, a younger sister, Ahlam Khan, who is an actress, and a younger brother, Seemaab Khan, who is an assistant director and a cricketer. Ahlam Khan also writes plays and directs them and is married to a theatre actor, Zafar Karachiwala.
Wife & Children
He is married to Rumana Khan since 2005.
Shadaab’s paternal grandmother’s name was Quamran Sultan Khan, and his paternal grandfather’s name was Jayant (Zakaria Khan), who was an actor. His maternal grandfather’s name was Akhtar Ul Iman, who was a writer, actor, and director, and his grandmother’s name was Sultana Iman. He had two paternal uncles named Imtiaz Khan, who is an actor and director, and Inayat Khan, who is an actor. His maternal uncle Ramish Khan is also an actor.
At the age of 12, he made his acting debut as a child artist with the Bollywood film ‘Pyari Bhabhi’ (1985).
Shadaab started his acting career, at the age of 24, by debuting in the film ‘Betaabi’ released in 1997 in which he played the character of Shekhar.
In the same year, he was cast in a lead role in the film ‘Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat’ opposite Rani Mukerji. In 2000, he appeared in supporting roles in Bollywood films ‘Hey Ram’ and ‘Refugee.’ After working in the 2002 film ‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata,’ he had a gap of 17 years, and in 2019, he made his comeback with the Bollywood film ‘Romeo Akbar Walter’ in which he played the role of Nawab Afridi. In 2020, he appeared in the web series ‘Scam 1992’ in which he played the role of Ajay Kedia; the role was inspired by Ajay Kayan.
Director & Writer
He began his career as a writer and director with the film ‘Highway 203,’ which was released in 2007. In 2019, he wrote and directed the film ‘Mini Banerjee Ghar Mein Hai’ in which he worked as an actor also.
Shadaab has written two books. He released his first book, Shanti Memorial, in 2013. In 2015, he released his second book, ‘Murder in Bollywood,’ which was a crime thriller novel based on the life of his late father, Amjad Khan.
- In an interview, Shadaab Khan revealed some shocking information about his father, Amjad Khan’s financial crisis regardless of being a great actor. He said,
Father didn’t have money to pay so that my mother could be discharged from the hospital I was born in. She started crying. My dad was not showing up at the hospital; he was ashamed to show his face. Chetan Anand whose film ‘Hindustan Ki Kasam’ he’d done then, happened to see my father holding his head in a corner. Chetan Anand saab gave him Rs 400 so that my mother and I could come home.”
- Many Bollywood celebrities including Twinkle Khanna, Farhan Akhtar, and Farah Khan were his schoolmates.
- On 20 September 1973, on Shadaab’s birthday, Amjad Khan signed the Bollywood Blockbuster film ‘Sholay’ in which he played the unforgettable role of Gabbar Singh.
- According to some sources, Shadaab was about to make his debut with Vinod Khanna’s ‘Himalay Putra,’ but he couldn’t due to some reasons.
- In an interview, Shadaab revealed that his father had lent money to many people, and after his death, only a few returned the borrowed money. He said,
My father had a habit of helping people and letting go of a lot of money. Producers came home and told him sob stories, promising him the keys of their homes. He saw through them but didn’t care about the money. He had even kept his money with friends and not banks. When he passed away, producers owed him ₹1 crore 25 lakh. But nobody from that lot came forward to pay up. A few people had taken loans from him and a handful of those returned it. But imagine how much money we lost that was ours! About four months after my dad passed away, a gangster from the Middle East called and wanted to speak to my mother. He told her that he had heard from unconfirmed sources that the industry owed her (late) husband ₹1 crore 25 lakh; he further said that he would give her that amount in 3 days because her husband was a good man. My mother flatly refused, saying that her husband never took favours from the underworld. My mother put the lives of Seemab and my sister Ahlam back on track. If she hadn’t been strong at that time, we would have been on the streets. She got into the construction business.”
- According to Shadaab, his father wanted him to carve his own niche in the film industry, and he would often advise him to become a different actor from him (Amjad). While talking about this in an interview, Shadaab said,
If you want to be a successful actor, always leave your ego at home. Be different from me and look to carve your own path.”
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