Revisiting Feroz Khan’s Qurbani: the stylish blockbuster in which the actor put everything he had

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A hodgepodge of Hindi and Urdu with a bit of English, the 1980 version Qurbani, starring late Bollywood star Feroz Khan, was a beast of its time. Because it was the 80s, we had the disco influence in the soundtrack, and because Kader Khan was the feature’s dialogue writer, the movie had a lot of masaaledar dialoguebaazi. For example, sample this line: “Maine jab se hosh sambhala hai… khilono ki jagah maut se khelta aaya hoon“, pronounced by Amar of Vinod Khanna, or the corny but effective “Nasha toh ab utrega… dosti ka, pyaar ka, insaaniyat ka,said Rajesh of Feroz.

And then there was the influence of Feroz Khan herself. Bikes, pretty women and stylish men; the whole exercise. Feroz not only starred in the film, but also financed and directed it. The actor portrayed the thief Rajesh who falls in love with the gorgeous Sheela of Zeenat Aman. Zeenat Aman had some agency in the film; she was his own wife who chose to be first with Rajesh until he lied about the job he was doing and then befriended the dashing Amar (played by Vinod Khanna), who was widower. But Zeenat, who reigned supreme as a sexy diva at the time, was also in Qurbani for her sex appeal. And to be fair, she looked breathtaking and shared great chemistry with Feroz and Vinod.

Of course, the movie had a few issues, particularly with the way it fully capitalized on Zeenat’s looks while neglecting her acting skills. It could have been given something meatier to play in, but in commenting on the nature of these films, it is important to note that each film is a product of its time, especially a commercial feature film like Qurbani. So while we can’t ignore these flaws, but who said it’s impossible to enjoy a movie while criticizing it? The charm of its main stars has made Qurbani what it is, a classic of Hindi cinema (at least in the mainstream space). And lest you think Qurbani had only Feroz Khan chasing a romance with the incomparable Zeenat, it’s important to note the film’s “dostana” theme, the bromance of its two male leads, played by real fast friends, Vinod Khanna and Feroz. Khan, who incidentally also died on the same date (April 27).

The motive of Qurbani was finally brought about by the sacrifice of Amar (Khanna) who gives his life to protect his daughter, her lover and her boyfriend. So even though Feroz was introduced as the main male lead, it was Khanna who walked away with the final applause.

Qurbani was made with a lot of sweat and sacrifice (pun intended), as actor Fardeen Khan revealed earlier this year that his father had bet his last shirt on his back to make the film as he always had. desired. The actor even claiming that if the film hadn’t worked, they would have literally been on the street. But Qurbani worked, and did fabulously well, with IMDb stating in its trivial section that it shattered all box office records upon release, running for three months in Bombay alone. And to further establish its success, the film was later remade in the Kollywood industry, featuring superstar Rajinikanth.

Also starring Shakti Kapoor, Amjad Khan, Aruni Irani, Amrish Puri and Kader Khan, Qurbani is available to stream on YouTube.

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