Amjad Khan’s son reveals his father did not have the money to pay the hospital when he was born

After the massive success of the 1975 cult film Sholay, Amjad Khan is hailed as one of the most popular villains in Indian cinema. In a recent interview, the late-actor Amjad Khan’s son opened up about how he was born the same day that the actor signed Sholay. He also revealed how his father did not have the money to discharge his mother Shaila Khan from the hospital.

In an interview with the Times of India, Shadaab Khan was questioned if he could be considered his father’s lucky mascot. Shadaab revealed that even though he was born on the same day Amjad Khan signed the movie, the actor did not have the money to pay the hospital. He also shared that the film producer Chetan Anand gave him Rs. 400 to discharge his wife Shaila Khan.

Shadaab Khan told the Times of India, “Yes, but he 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 ₹400 so that my mother and I could come home.”

He also added, “When the Sholay role of Gabbar Singh came to my father, Salim Khan saab recommended his name to Ramesh Sippy. The flight to Bangalore whose outskirts Ramgarh was the place where Sholay was supposed to be shot at, took off but there was so much turbulence that day that it had to land back 7 times. After that when it came to a halt on the runway, most people dropped out from the flight in fright but my dad did not. He was scared that if he didn’t do the film, they would go back to Danny saab. So, after a few minutes, he took off in that same plane.”

Amjad Khan went on to play the iconic role of the villain Gabbar Singh in Sholay. The role earned him critical acclamation and accolades. The actor passed away in July 1992 at the age of 51, due to a heart attack. The actor had three children, Shadaab Khan, Ahlam Khan, and Seemaab Khan. Shadaab Khan is a Bollywood actor, writer, and film director. He has starred in movies such as Refugee, and Romeo Akbar Walter among others.

Sholay actor Amjad Khan

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