While working for Sholay it was very challenging for Amjad Khan to compete with great artists like Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jaya Bhaduri, and Hema Malini. But he was nowhere less than any of them and in fact superseded them in some scenes. He acted with such great strength that Indian film history had to take note of this role. His hard work for that was worth appreciating.
The body language of Gabbar, his arrogant and merciless nature, dialogue delivery, and the apex acting all were at the best level. He is known as the idol of villains. Amjad Khan was born in 1940 in Peshawar now in Pakistan. He came to Mumbai with his parents in his childhood. He used to go to an English school at Bandra. He received a legacy of acting from his actor father Jayant. He developed an interest in acting as actors and artists used to visit their homes frequently.
He worked as a child artist in the film Naznin by P. A. Arora but it could not fetch glamour. He started working under K. Asif for the movie Love and God as an assistant director. Then is luck met him in the year 1975. When Sholay was under process, Salim from Salim – Javed pair suggested the name of Amjad Khan for the role of Gabbar. It was earlier offered to Danny, Shatrughna Sinha but due to Salim it came to Amjad Khan and he made it memorable with an ideal lesson of acting. He proved to be most effective and impressive in acting, dialogues, and fame as compared to heroes and heroines.
If we conduct scrutiny of Indian cinema history, the most famous dialogues belong to Amjad Khan. Jo Dar Gaya Wah Mar Gaya, Arey Oh Samba, Kitne Aadami The, Holi Kab Hai Holi, Yah Haath Ham Ko De De Thakur, and all are still famous for decades together.
After getting fame with his first villain role, Amjad Khan acted for many roles and his work in Lawaris, Yarana, Love Story, The Great Gambler, Ham Kisi Se Kam Nahi, Mukaddar Ka Sikandar, Parvarish, Kurbani, Des Pardes, Suhag, Charas, Kaliya, Naseeb, Rocky, Baghawat, Inqar, Chameli Ki Shadi, Kasme Vaade, Himmatwala, etc. became popular.
His role in ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’ was very different. He also featured in a Britannica biscuits advertisement with the caption, ‘Gabbar Ki Asali Pasand‘. He acted in about a hundred and twenty-five films but is remembered for his one role of that villain Gabbar.