Shadaab Khan is an Indian Bollywood actor, writer, film director and author. He is known for being the son of late Indian actor and director Amjad Khan. Since childhood, he started working in the Indian Film Industry. He debuted in 1997. In the 2019 short film ‘Mini Banerjee Ghar Mein Hai,’ he worked as a writer, director and actor.
Shadaab Khan was born on Thursday, 20 September 1973 (age 48 years; as of 2022) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He went to Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School Mangelwadi in Juhu, Mumbai. He was born into a family with an acting background. His father, the late Amjad Khan was a legendary actor and Shadaab’s grandfather, Jayant was also an actor. He started his acting career at an early age. At the age of 12, his first movie in which he worked as a child artist was ‘Pyaari Bhabhi’ released in 1985.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Shadaab was born and brought up in a Muslim family in Mumbai. From his father’s side, he is of Hindkowan descent which goes back to Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, which was a province of British India. His ethnicity is Pashtun, also known as Pathans. His family is of Afghani Pashtun descent.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Amjad khan was a Hindi Film actor and her mother’s name is Shehla Khan. He has two siblings. A younger sister, Ahlam Khan, who is an actress and a younger brother, Seemaab Khan, who is an assistant director and a cricketer. Ahlam Khan also writes plays and directs them and is married to a theatre actor Zafar Karachiwala.
Wife & Children
He has been married to Rumana Khan since 2005.
Shadaab’s paternal grandparents were Jayant (Zakaria Khan), who was an actor and his grandmother was Quamran Sultan Khan. From his mother’s side, his grandfather’s name was Akhtar Ul Iman, who was also a writer, actor and director and Sultana Iman was the name of his grandmother. He had two paternal uncles named Imtiaz Khan, who is an actor and director and Inayat Khan, who is an actor. Ramish Khan is his maternal uncle who is also an actor. He has a cousin whose name is Aysha Khan.
Shadaab started his acting career, at the age of 24, by debuting in the film ‘Betaabi’ released in 1997 in which he played the character of Shekhar. In the same year, he was cast in a lead role in the film ‘Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat’ opposite Rani Mukherjee. This film didn’t do well at the box office and after which, he did not get any main character role. In 2000, he was given the role of supporting character in ‘Hey Ram’ and ‘Refugee.’ After working in the 2002 film, ‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata,’ he played the role of Nawab Afridi in the 2019 film ‘Romeo Akbar Walter’ after a gap of 17 years.
He has also worked in a 2020 web series, ‘Scam 1992,’ in which he played the character of Ajay Kedia which was based on Ajay Kayan.
Director & Writer
He began his career as a writer and director in the film ‘Highway 203’ which was released in 2007. In 2019, he wrote and directed the film ‘Mini Banerjee Ghar Mein Hai’ in which he worked as an actor also.
Shadaab is also an author and he has written two books. The first book he wrote was a thriller titled ‘Shanti Memorial’ released in 2013. In 2015, he released his second book ‘Murder in Bollywood,’ which was a crime thriller novel based on the life of his late father, Amjad Khan.
- In an interview, Shadaab Khan revealed some shocking information about his father, Amjad Khan’s financial crisis regardless of being a great actor. He said,
Father 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 Rs 400 so that my mother and I could come home.’
- Many kids of famous Bollywood stars used to study in the same school he went to such as Twinkle Khanna, Farhan Akhtar, Farah Khan and more.
- Shadaab’s zodiac sign is Virgo.
- On 20 September 1973, when it was Shadaab’s birthday, Amjad Khan signed the Bollywood Blockbuster film ‘Sholay’ in which he played the unforgettable role of Gabbar Singh.
- According to some sources, Shadaab was about to make his debut with Vinod Khanna’s ‘Himalay Putra,’ but he couldn’t due to some reasons.
- In an interview, Shabaad shared that many people from the film industry who borrowed money from his father, only a few of them came back to return the money after his death. He stated,
My father had a habit of helping people and letting go of a lot of money. Producers came home and told him sob stories, promising him the keys of their homes. He saw through them but didn’t care about the money. He had even kept his money with friends and not banks. When he passed away, producers owed him ₹1 crore 25 lakh. But nobody from that lot came forward to pay up. A few people had taken loans from him and a handful of those returned it. But imagine how much money we lost that was ours!”
About four months after my dad passed away, a gangster from the Middle East called and wanted to speak to my mother. He told her that he had heard from unconfirmed sources that the industry owed her (late) husband ₹1 crore 25 lakh; he further said that he would give her that amount in 3 days because her husband was a good man. My mother flatly refused, saying that her husband never took favours from the underworld. My mother put the lives of Seemab and my sister Ahlam back on track. If she hadn’t been strong at that time, we would have been on the streets. She got into the construction business,” he added.
- His father, Amjad Khan used to give him a piece of advice to go a long way in the film industry. He would say,
If you want to be a successful actor, always leave your ego at home. Be different from me and look to carve your own path.”