On his father Feroz Khan’s 84th birth anniversary, Fardeen Khan penned a heartfelt note on Instagram, remembering his contributions to Indian cinema and his unwavering commitment to secular ideals.
Fardeen Khan pens note for father Feroz Khan on his 84th birth anniversary, lauds his spirit and commitment to secularism: “Muslims were viewed with…”
Fardeen shared a sepia image of his father from his younger days, and wrote in the caption, "There have been countless actors who have captivated audiences with their talent, hard work and charisma. Among them, my father, Feroz Khan, stands as a trailblazer, not only for his remarkable contribution to the evolution and progress of Indian cinema but also for his unwavering commitment to his secular ideals."
He went on to talk about how his father was one of the first mainstream Hindi film actors to retain his birth name, Feroz Khan, as his on-screen name. This was a courageous decision at the time, as Muslims were viewed with great scepticism due to the torment and trauma caused by India's partition. It was common practice for actors to change their names in order to have a chance at winning audiences.
Fardeen wrote, "My father's decision to retain his Muslim identity made a powerful statement and displayed immense courage and conviction on his part. It symbolised his belief in the secular fabric of a young nation whose diverse population was striving to confront the challenges in creating a unified identity embracing the pluralistic essence of India and upholding the promise of its constitution."
He continued and said that his father's legacy has paved the way for all actors who now proudly bear their birth name as their on-screen name without hesitation. He also saluted films like Baahubali, RRR, Gadar 2, Pathaan and Jawan for symbolizing the spirit of unity and acceptance of India's diverse audience.
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On a closing note, Fardeen wrote, “The historic successes of these varied films and their protagonists showcases the willingness of the people of India to transcend religious and cultural differences and celebrate its diverse heroes and heroines and elevate them to becoming icons. At the same time it also sends a powerful message that regardless of our religious or cultural background we can all coexist harmoniously, working together to build a better India for the future generations of this great nation. Pa, Laila and I miss you on your birthday. We stand on the shoulders of giants like you and you will always be remembered as the original Khan. Happy birthday and Jai Hind.”
Born in 1939, Feroz Khan passed away in 2009 due to lung cancer. He was last seen in 2007’s release Welcome.
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