Shahbaz Khan is an Indian actor who primarily appears in Bollywood films and Hindi television shows. He is well-known for playing roles in Hindi television shows like The Sword of Tipu Sultan (1989) as Hyder Ali on DD National, Chandrakanta (1994) as Kunwar Virendra Vikram on DD National, and Ssshhhh… Koi Hai (2001) as Shakaal on StarPlus.
Shahbaz Khan aka Shahbaz Amir Khan was born on Thursday, 10 March 1966 (age 56 years; as of 2022) in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. His zodiac sign is Pisces. Shahbaz attended Hill Grange High School in Mumbai and Saint Joseph’s Convent School in Kamptee, Nagpur, Maharashtra. He pursued his graduation at Hislop College, Nagpur, Maharashtra.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 80 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Shahbaz Khan belongs to a Muslim family.
Parents & Siblings
Shahbaz’s father’s name is Ustad Amir Khan, a renowned classical singer and vocalist. In 1971, he was awarded Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in India. Ustad Amir Khan died on 13 February 1974 in a car accident in Calcutta.
Shahbaz’s mother’s name is Raisa Begum. She is the daughter of Mushtari Begum, a thumri singer of Agra.
Shahbaz has a step-sister, Farida Khan, from his father’s first wife, Zeenat Khan, and a step-brother, Akram Ahmed, from his father’s second wife, Munni Begum.
Wife & Children
Shahbaz Khan is married to Ruhana Khan.
The couple has two daughters, Shahana Khan and Shanaya Khan, and a son, Shakir Khan.
Shahbaz Khan’s grandfather’s name is Shahmir Khan, a sarangi and veena player, who served at the court of Holkars of Indore. His great-grandfather, Change Khan, was a singer in the court of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the twentieth and last Mughal Emperor of India.
Reportedly, Shahbaz Khan was engaged to Gita Bali, former Miss India Canada 1994.
During his school days, Shahbaz acted in a few plays. In 1989, Shahbaz came to Mumbai, and he enrolled himself in Madhumati acting class, an acting and dance training class in Mumbai. Later, he acted in a few plays like ‘Naya Shivala,’ which was based on the life of Urdu poet Allama Iqbal, ‘Amir Khusrau,’ which was based on the life of Amir Khusrau, and Ayodhya’s Ramleela in which he portrayed Ravana.
In an interview, Shahbaz talked about portraying the character of Amir Khusrau in a play and said,
It’s a matter of honour for me that I have been essaying the character of such an eminent Sufi saint. Khusro has always inspired writers and historians. My Father Ustad Amir Khan Sahab was immensely inspired by him.”
Shahbaz made his Bollywood debut with the film Nachnewala Gaanewale as Chander in 1991.
In 1997, he shot to fame with the film Ziddi in which he played the negative role of Lala Singh alongside Sunny Deol. In 2003, he played the role of Idris Malik in the Bollywood film The Hero: Love Story of a Spy. In 2013, he made his Punjabi debut with the film Bikkar Bai Sentimental in which he played the role of a police inspector.
In 2014, Shahbaz made his Kannada debut with the film Gajakesari as Raja Jayasurya Bahaddur.
In 2016, he made his Gujarati debut with the film Romeo & Radhika as JD.
He has acted in several Bollywood films like Meri Aan (1993) as Sher Khan, Mehndi (1998) as Rajeshwar, Arjun Pandit as Sanjay (1999), Chal Mere Bhai (2000) as Rakesh, Jaal: The Trap (2003) as Captain Amarjeet, Veer (2010), as Naunihaal, and Agent Vinod (2012) as Colonel Huzefa Lokha. In 2017, Shahbaz made his Marathi debut with the film Dhinganain in which he played the role of Raja Bhaiya.
He made his Chinese debut with the film Dying to Survive in 2018.
In 1990, Shahbaz made his television debut with the show The Sword of Tipu Sultan as Hyder Ali on DD National.
In 1994, he appeared as Mahadji Shinde in the television show The Great Maratha on DD National.
He shot to fame with the show Chandrakanta (1994–1996) in which he played the role of Kunwar Virendra Vikram.
Later, he acted in several television shows like Aahat (2010) as Shaitaani Aaina on Sony TV, Afsar Bitiya (2011) as Tuntun Singh on Zee TV, Tenali Rama (2018) as Babur on Sony SAB, Karmaphal Daata Shani (2017) as Ravana, Dastaan-E-Mohabbat: Salim Anarkali (2018) as Akbar on Colors TV, and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (2021) as Narendranath Chauhan on StarPlus.
In November 2021, Shahbaz Khan appeared in the web series Game of the Sexes on EORTV in which he played the role of Prakash Anna.
In April 2022, Shahbaz Khan appeared in the music video Kar Lo Yaqeen on YouTube.
Accused of molestation charges
In February 2020, a case was filed against Shahbaz Khan by the Mumbai police for allegedly molesting a teenage girl by touching her inappropriately, and abusing her verbally. An FIR was registered at Oshiwara police station in Mumbai under the Indian Penal Code section 354 (assault or criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and section 509 (word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman). It was reported that on 11 February 2020, Shahbaz’s daughter had an argument with the victim as the victim believed that the victim’s boyfriend was making calls to Shahbaz’s daughter. In an interview, on being asked about the reason for the feud between her daughter and the victim, Shahbaz replied,
A girl had some issues with my daughter and one day, she landed below my building with 20 young guys and girls and started calling out to my daughter. I was not at home, but my wife was there. My daughter went down and then the girl started hurling abuses. My wife went down and tried to settle the matter. We didn’t really take any legal action against her considering that this would just be a teenage fight. However, later when my daughter was on the back road (Andheri) on a scooter with a friend, that girl came from behind and usne meri beti ko chalti hui scooter se neeche giraya, sarr pe do baar maara aur scooter pe baithkar bhaag gayi. Then my daughter returned home crying and howling, seeing her in that state, me and my wife lost our cool and went to look for that girl.
Mumbai: Case of molestation filed against actor Shahbaz Khan at Oshiwara Police Station. FIR registered under IPC sec 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) & 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult modesty of a woman). Investigation on.
— ANI (@ANI) February 12, 2020
In his defence, Shahbaz further said,
Even the CCTV footage clearly shows that I didn’t touch the girl. My wife, my daughter and so many more people were there. But she insisted on filing this molestation case against me because they want to frame me.”
On 12 February 2020, Shahbaz Khan also filed a cross-complaint against the girl at Versova police station, Mumbai.
- Quote: “Naghma Wahi Jo Rooh Sune Aur Rooh Sunaaye”
- Holiday Destination: France
- Shahbaz is also known by the name Haider Khan.
- Shahbaz Khan follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- Shahbaz is proficient in languages like Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and Kannada.
- Since childhood, Shahbaz was inspired by his father, Ustad Amir Khan, and he aspired to become a singer like him. In an interview, he talked about his love for music and said,
Mr. Sanjay Khan gave me a break in the television world. However, music continues to be my love, and whenever there is any wedding in the family, I am their in-house and official wedding singer! This way, I am able to fulfil my passion as a singer as well as entertain people around me with my singing talent,”
- Before shifting to Mumbai, Shahbaz worked at a few hotels in Nagpur as he wanted to pursue his career in hotel management.
- Shahbaz’s friend, Nawab Ali, wrote him a letter and encouraged him to shift to Mumbai to pursue his career in acting.
- In December 2021, Shahbaz Khan was invited as a chief guest at Urdu Academy in Lucknow.
- Shahbaz Khan has a pet cat, Shanelle Khan.
- Despite Shahbaz’s aspiration of becoming a singer, his mother, Raisa Begum, persuaded him to not take singing as a career. In an interview, Shahbaz revealed the reason behind his mother’s intention of not letting him choose singing as a career and said,
I wanted to become a classical singer just like my dad, but my mother thought I won’t be able to do justice to it. She was not against me learning singing, but she could foresee that I will be compared to my father, in spite of not having trained under him,”