Javed Yaqub Khan
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Javed Khan (born 24 March 1962, as Javed Yaqub Khan in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India) is an Indian film and television actor and former model. He studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
Javed Khan was born in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. His father (late) Mohammed Yaqub Khan, was a Criminal Lawyer of Madhya Pradesh and his mother (late) Raisa Yaqub was a royal. Khan did his schooling from Campion School, Bhopal. He topped the Merit List in both the high school and the higher secondary board of Madhya Pradesh. He was the School Captain in 1979 and the Troop Leader of Air Scouts, having qualified for the highest award, that of President Scout with 24 Proficiency Badges. After school, Khan joined the St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, for his B. Sc. in Mathematics and Economics.
While in his first month in St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, Javed was spotted by the director Shyam Benegal who at that time headed an Ad-Film concern. Khan did his first ad-film for him, the product being Colgate Toothpaste. Followed by a string of assignments, including Gold Spot, Bombay Dyeing, Arvind Mills, and Nescafe, with some top names in the advertisement world such as Zafar Hai, Pradeep Kakkad, Kailash Surendranath and Agencies like Lintas, H.T.A., Frank Simoes, Bensons, Chaitra, Trio Films, and Everest. He was further auditioned and selected by Jeannie Naoroji and Hilla Sethna, of the Fashion industry. Khan made his debut in the Fashion Show world, on the occasion of the opening of the Oberoi Sheraton, now known as Oberoi Trident, in Mumbai.
After his first fashion show, producers started sending feelers and with the encouragement of many personalities of the film industry, he joined the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. After returning to Mumbai, he was signed by Reliance Industries, a then new company for the ONLY VIMAL campaign. The Campaign gave Javed tremendous exposure and catapulted him to the No. 1 position. Back at the fashion show scene, Vimla Patil, Salome and Nazir Mitha, Shanti and Sangeeta Chopra were all doing circuit shows for Femina, Eves Weekly, S. Kumars, Vimal. Bombay Dyeing etc. with one common factor in all shows, Javed Khan.
As a practice Producers used to visit the F.T.I.I looking for fresh talent, which is how Javed signed his Debut film while still at the F.T.I.I. His first film Apradhi Kaun where Javed demonstrated his looks, dancing and acting skills. It collected 100% at the Box Office in the 1st week, but was not much heard of in Bollywood being a small budget film. Nevertheless, Javed was termed as "the hearthrob" and won the Most Promising Newcomer of the Year Award along with other felicitations from Critics, Film Journalists, Clubs and Fan Clubs in small centers. Then came Chambal ke Daku with real dreaded dacoits Madho Singh and Mohar Singh playing themselves. Cheekh, Qatil aur Aashiq, Khooni Mahal, Ram ki Ganga, Paanch Fauladi, Kafan (film), Ghar aakhir ghar hai, Kabrastan and Aaj ka M.L.A. with Rajesh Khanna and Shabana Azmi are some of the films Javed has done as a leading hero. He was also seen in a very brief appearance in Raja ki Aayegi Baraat starring, Rani Mukerji.
Khan shifted his focus to television. He played Tej Singh, in Chandrakanta which turned out to be one of the most remembered characters on Indian television. He further portrayed some other characters in serials like Yug (TV Series), Betaal Pachisi, Zee Horror Show, Nagin, Fasana, Main Dilli Hoon, Ramayan, and The Trap to name a few. He played the character of Maharaja Puru in the just serial Shakuntala on Star One.
Khan launched an acting academy in 2004 in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh by the name of Glamour Zone-Javed Khan's academy of Acting and Modeling. The academy was inaugurated by the Cultural Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri. Laxmikant Sharma and the first Convocation ceremony of the academy was done by the then Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri.Babulal Gaur. The academy has on its advisory council, Mr.Ravi Chopra, Mr.David Dhawan and Mr. Roshan Taneja among others. Over 100 students have successfully completed the training.
Javed is married and has two children.
Javed is also involved in social causes and is the President of SCUD, Society for Children who are Underdeveloped and Disabled, which is now a registered society in M.P.