Arjun Firoz Khan is an Indian actor who is best known for playing the mythological role of “Arjun” in B. R. Chopra’s epic television drama “Mahabharat.”
Arjun was born as Firoz Khan on 9 January (the year is not known) in Mumbai.
He graduated from Shrimati Mithibai Motiram Kundnani College of Commerce & Economics (M. M. K. College) in Mumbai. Thereafter, he went to Oxford for his further studies. When he returned to India; after completing his studies from Oxford, he wanted to join Taj in Mumbai; however, destiny had something big for him, and he landed the role of ‘Arjun’ in B. R. Chopra’s Mahabharat, and the rest is history.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Family & Caste
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about his parents and siblings.
Relationships, Wife & Children
Firoz Khan is married to Kashmira.
The couple has three children – a son and two daughters.
His son, Jibraan Khan is an actor who is best known for his performance as a child artist in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.’
His daughter Sanah Khan is married to Kabir Sharma in Mumbai while his another daughter named Farah Khan Bari is also married and settled in Dubai.
Firoz Khan made his Bollywood debut with the film ‘Manzil Manzil’ (1984) alongside Sunny Deol, Dimple Kapadia, and Danny Denzongpa. In this film, he played the role ‘Rupesh.’
Thereafter, he went on to do more than 250 films in his career. Jagran He has delivered many memorable performances, such as ‘Arjun Singh’ in ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’ (1988), ‘Duryodhan’ in ‘Jigar’ (1992), ‘Rasik Nath Gundaswamy’ in ‘Tirangaa’ (1992), ‘Naahar Singh’ in ‘Karan Arjun’ (1995), ‘Billoo’ (Eunuch/Hijra) in ‘Mehndi’ (1998), and ‘Sikh Inspector in London’ in ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’ (2013).
He made his Telugu debut with the film ‘Swayam Krushi’ (1987) in which he played the role of ‘Chinna.’
In 1996, he made his Kannada debut with the film ‘Hello Daddy’ in which he played the role of ‘Ji Jo.’
Firoz Khan made his television debut with B. R. Chopra’s epic historical drama Mahabharat (1988) in which he played the role of ‘Arjun,’ a character that has changed his life up to such an extent that he is still recognized by the name ‘Arjun’ even in his personal life. On this phenomenal change in his life, he says,
In an interview, when asked how he got the role of Arjun in Mahabharat, he said,
I firmly believe in destiny. Basically I was never inclined to do any TV serial. I studied in Oxford and returned to join Taj. But acting always fascinated me. One day I was informed about an ongoing audition for a movie. But unfortunately, I was late and some other actor was finalised. Little disheartened, I was passing by Mr.B.R Chopra’s house. I saw a group of renowned actors and actresses present there. I was very captivated. I met Mr.Gufi Pantel(Who played ‘Shakuni’ in Mahabharata). He told me that audition for Mahabharat was going on and insisted me to go for it. At that moment I had no idea about Mahabharata script. To my surprise, I was handed the dialogues which were in Hindi, the language I was not at all fluent with. So, I first translated the dialogues into English and then I went for the audition. Fortunately, after a week I came to know that I was selected for the role of Arjun.”
Initially, he wasn’t confident about portraying Arjun in Mahabharat; as he was not well-versed in Hindi. While talking about it, he says,
Initially I had problems learning the dialogues but late Rahi Masoom Raza and Pandit Narendra Sharma (the scriptwriter) helped me a lot to overcome my problem. With time I improved and then everything became simple and more interesting.”
Firoz Khan made his digital debut with the 2016 web series ‘I Don’t Watch TV’ in which he did a cameo. It was premiered on Arre and YouTube.
- Travel Destination(s): Muscat, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan
- Street Food: Vada Paav
- Singer: Mohammed Rafi
- Sport: Boxing
- Leader: A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Facts & Trivia
- He has a bungalow near Shastradhara in Dehradun, and he loves to spend his quality time there whenever he gets free time from his busy schedule. Jagran
- During Mahabharat’s auditions, it was Gufi Paintal who got him dressed in the costume of Arjun and presented him in front of B. R. Chopra who ultimately selected him for the role. Amar Ujala
- He is very close to his Mahabharat co-star Gajendra Chauhan who played the role of Yudhisthira.
- Although he is a Muslim, he has great faith in Hindu deities, and he often visits the Bhairon Temple in Bikaner. Patrika
- He loves to watch boxing, and he has been a boxing champion for Maharashtra.
- Firoz is a trained singer and enjoys singing Mohammed Rafi‘s songs. He has done many live shows where he performed many melodious renditions of Rafi.
- In March 2020, he even recorded his debut Bollywood song for Sandesh Gour’s film “Mobile India.” Morning Bharat
- Reportedly, he supports the BJP and even campaigned for the party in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Amar Ujala
- He derives more joy in doing negative roles. He says,
Playing negative character needs a lot of articulations and mannerisms that are different from the stereotype heroes. The villain has got a lot of shades. I feel if the negative is strong the positive will automatically be strong. A perfect balance between the contrasts can be maintained when a negative portrayal is right.”