Aamir Khan’s father passes away

tahir_hussainFilmmaker Tahir Hussain, Aamir Khan’s father, passed away early Tuesday morning following a massive cardiac arrest at his Bandra residence. He was in his early 70s. Aamir and his wife Kiran Rao were holidaying in Los Angeles when they heard about Hussain’s sudden death. They are on their way back to Mumbai and are expected to be here by today evening for the funeral.

Hussain started his career as an assistant director with Tumsa Nahin Dekha and Dil Deke Dekho in the late ‘50s. He went on to be the production executive in Teesri Manzil, Jab Pyar Kisise Se Hota Hai and Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon. He started as an independent producer with the blockbuster Caravan starring Jeetendra and Asha Parekh. After Caravan he went on to produce several successful films, Anamika, Zakhmee, Locket, and Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke among many others. His last film as a producer was Madhosh (1994), his son Faisal Khan’s debut film as an actor, which failed at the box-office. Hussain had directed the film Tum Mere Ho with Aamir and Juhi Chawla in lead roles.

He had also produced Dil Dhoondta Hai in 1999 but the film still remains unreleased. Hussain is survived by his first wife Zeenat, second wife Shehnaz and four children Aamir, Faisal, Farhat and Nikhat.

Rakesh Roshan: It is a great loss to his family, friends and the film industry. I worked with him in two films Zakhmee and Madhosh, for which he signed me when I was not doing well as an actor. He was a dignified producer.

Asha Parekh: He was a very nice person and had a great sense of humor. I did three films with him – Caravan, Hamara Khandaan and Zakhmee. He had also acted with me in Dil Deke Dekho. I had a long-standing relationship with him and had attended his wedding and have seen his children grow up. He was also a partner with us in our distribution business called Movie Gem. He was a very lovable person and it is a sad day for all of us. His wife is a wonderful person and may God give her strength.

Juhi Chawla: He was like a father to me and always treated me like his daughter and not an actress. I was a part of his family and it is a sad day for me. I had worked in Tum Mere Ho which he had directed. I am at loss for words after I have heard this news.


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