Born: January 27, 1922,
Birthplace : Golkonda, Hyderabad
Died: October 22, 1998, Hyderabad
Ajit Khan born as Hamid Ali Khan is a popular Hindi film actor who left long back in 22nd October 1998. He worked in a number of movies with his career confining to four decades. He was born near Hyderabad, while his early education was carried out in Warangal presently in Telangana. He came from a non filmy background with father working in Nizam’s army. He always dreamt of becoming an actor, which led this man to Bombay the hub of Indian Cinema. In fact, he fled from his home leaving his family behind and selling his college books to his friends and others in the early forties. However, he has to struggle a lot to get his first break in Indian Cinema.
He started his career with the film called Shahe Misra in the year 1946 working opposite to Geeta Bose. He then did a couple of other movies including Sikander (van mala), Hatimtai, Aap Beeti, Sone Ki Chidiya, Dholak and Chanda Ki Chandni in the main lead, however, he flopped in giving hits. However, he later chose characters of negative shades, which made him hit over the silver screen. His character of villain called Suraj in movies like Zanjeer and Yaadon Ki Baarat gave him recognition in big screen and since then it was no looking back. Some of his dialogues for which he is still remembered included Mona darling from Yaadon Ki Baraat and Lily Don’t Be Silly from Zanjeer, while the dialogue of Lion from Kalicharan simply changed his fate in Bollywood. He has acted with a number of veterans like Sohrab Modi, Prithvi Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, I S Johar, Shami Kapoor, Dev Anand, Dharmendra and a number of actresses as well from diverse age group.
In the mid seventies he was seen in around 57 different movies mostly in the character of villain. He was popular for more dialogues than any other thing in the film industry. His menacing voice made win hearts all across the country and abroad, while he is still remembered for the same. Some of the contemporaries’ actors in negative roles also take inspiration from him including Prem Chopra, and even Amrish Puri, Amjad Khan and Pran. He was known for playing the character of villain in a different style, wherein he was showcased the educated, sophisticated, well groomed, shrewd mind, and albeit heartless villain. Thus you often saw him in checked suits and matching overcoats, cool leather shoes, sunglasses, cigar, jewellery accessories, and so on.
He passed away in 1998 and left behind his five sons – including the two actors – Shehzad Ali Khan and Arbaaz Ali Khan apart from the others like Shahid Ali Khan, Zahid Ali Khan and Abid Ali Khan. His death brought forth sharp reactions from the film fraternity including from actors like Amrish Puri who called a big loss of industry, while Prem Chopra also expressed similar words before the media, even the contemporaries like Kiran Kumar too was shocked to hear about the same. His last film was Criminal released in the year 1995, while remained away from work due to his illness.