My second tribute is for the debonair actor Sanjay Khan. While Sanjay Khan was a good actor, I must confess my choice was tainted by my desire to cover this immortal song by Rafi Sahab. Like many other Rafi songs, all I can do is sing them as and when I can and enjoy. I have no illusions of me ever coming close to Rafi Sahab but as long as I am able to carry a tune, I will indulge myself and hope that my music loving friends can tolerate my attempts.
Tid-bits about Sanjay Khan:
Born on 3rd January 1941 in Bangalore and was given his birth name, Shah Abbas Khan. Satyen Bose, the Director of movie Dosti (1964) gave him the screen name “Sanjay Khan” where he played a pivotal role as Ashok. He acted as a soldier in Chetan Anand’s film “Haqeeqat” as an introduction to Bollywood but Satyen Bose casted him as Ashok in 1964 movie, Dosti after which he took off.
His career spanned from 1964 with Haqeeqat and went on 1986 with Kala Dhandha Gorey Log. Sanjay was especially popular with the women due to his handsome boyish looks, the kind that Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Rajendra Kumar, etc. had.
He acted in 30 movies most of them are well known movies. He has written screen plays and has also produced and directed movies. He created a series called The Sword of Tipu Sultan, the set for which caught major fire resulting in severe burns and multiple surgeries for Sanjay Khan.
He has a passion for sports cars, especially Cadillac and imported cars that he picked up from embassy disposals. He has always owned 3 to 4 cars at any given time. He is still unable to hold on to a car for more than a few months and loves the smell of a new car.