Lateef Fatima Khan (1941-1990) was an Indian Executive Magistrate for the longest tenure recorded. She was also a social worker.
Lateef Fatima Khan was born on Tuesday, 1 July 1941 (age 49 years; at the time of death) in Tolichowki, Hyderabad. Her zodiac sign was Cancer. She studied at Oxford University, in England.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Lateef Fatima Khan’s father, Iftikhar Ahmed, was the chief government engineer of the Karnataka state, and he had a huge share in building the Mangalore port in the 1960s in Mangalore. Her mother adopted her first child, Shah Rukh Khan. Lateef Fatima Khan had an elder sister.
In an interview, Shah Rukh Khan mentioned that he was adopted by his maternal grandmother, and said,
I was adopted by my grandmother because they did not have a boy in their family at that time. So, when I was born to my mother they adopted me. They used to live in Tolichowki, Hyderabad. I spent about 4 years of my life here. Then we shifted to Banglore. My mom was missing me so she took me back from her mother and we moved to Delhi.” The Siasat Daily
Husband & Children
Once Meer Taj Mohammed Khan, a lawyer and the youngest son of Mir Jan Muhammad, who was a freedom fighter in colonial India had gone out for a walk with his cousin, Shah Nawaz Khan, who served as an officer in the Indian National Army during World War II, near India Gate in Delhi, where they saw a car lying upside down on the road. Lateef Fatima Khan with her family was injured in the car accident. Mir Taj Mohammad and Shah Nawaz Khan took the entire family to the hospital and saved their life. Injured in a car accident, Lateef Fatima Khan needed blood. Mir Taj Mohammad donated his blood to save her life. After the recovery, Iftikhar Ahmed decided to get his elder daughter married to Mir Taj Mohammad. When he went to Mir Taj Mohammad with the proposal of his elder daughter’s marriage to him, he refused and said that he would marry the same woman to whom he had donated his blood. Lateef Fatima Khan was engaged to a cricketer named Abbas Ali Baig, at that time. Since Mir Taj Mohammad had saved the life of Iftikhar Ahmed and his entire family, he broke the engagement and agreed to marry Lateef Fatima Khan with Mir Taj Mohammad. The Siasat Daily In 1959, Lateef Fatima Khan got married to Meer Taj Mohammed Khan. Hindustan Times
Mir Taj Mohammed Khan was a Pathan who belonged to Peshawar, Pakistan. He was a highly educated man and was fluent in four different languages including Punjabi, Pushtu, Sanskrit and Persian except for English and Hindi. He was an MA, and LLB degree holder. Nav Bharat India He was a businessman and had a transport company. He was also involved in politics. At the age of sixteen, he became the youngest Indian independence activist. He was part of a campaign for a nonviolent resistance movement, Khudai Khidmatgar (1933-1937), to oppose the British in India’s Northwest Frontier Province, under the leadership of Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan (also known as ‘Frontier Gandhi’). He also fought the elections against Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, a senior leader of the Indian National Congress and lost. After the Partition of India in 1947, Mir Taj Mohammed Khan decided to leave Peshawar and in 1948, he moved to New Delhi. The Times of India After marriage in 1959, Mir Taj Mohammed Khan, along with his wife, Lateef Fatima Khan, started living in a rented apartment in the Rajendra Nagar neighbourhood of New Delhi. There he started several business ventures including an Indian restaurant. In 1922, he died of cancer.
The couple was blessed with a daughter, Shehnaz Lalarukh Khan, and a son, Shah Rukh Khan, who is an Indian actor and film producer in Hindi films and is also known as the King Khan of Bollywood.
Her father-in-law, Mir Jan Muhammad Khan, was a freedom fighter in colonial India. Her son, Shah Rukh Khan, claimed that Mir Jan Muhammad Khan was an ethnic Pashtun (Pathan) of Afghanistan. However, his paternal cousin, who stays in Peshawar, Maqsood Ahmed, later claimed that the family was originally from Kashmir and later settled in Peshawar. The family originally followed the Hindko dialect.
Some sources claim that Lateef Fatima Khan was the adopted daughter of Major General Shah Nawaz Khan who belonged to the Janjua Rajput clan and served as a General in the Indian National Army of Subash Chandra Bose. My Heritage. Whereas, on 5 December 2023, the Pakistan Army spokesperson Maj-Gen Athar Abbas of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) denied the reports and any link. The Express Tribune. On the other side in an old interview, when Shah Rukh Khan was asked about his family’s revered connection with this country’s politics, he claimed that his father had a connection with people like Major General Shah Nawaz Khan. He said,
My family especially my father, were very closely connected with the country’s politics of those times (pre-independence India) because my father himself was the youngest freedom fighter of this country and related to people like General Shahnawaz.” The Hindustan Times
Lateef Fatima Khan followed Islam.
Lateef Fatima Khan was an Indian Executive Magistrate who majorly used to deal with the cases of juvenile delinquents. She was one of the female Executive Magistrates for the longest tenure recorded. DNA India She was also a social worker. In an interview, her son Shah Ruklh Khan, talked about his mother’s social work and said
She was very social, and she loved meeting people. She brought a lot of life wherever she was, just by being herself. I say that’s different from me because a lot of people could see me at a film function, but that was because I was a star, not by just being Shah Rukh.”
In 1990, Lateef Fatima Khan died due to several complications and prolonged illness of diabetes mellitus. She passed away before her son, Shah Rukh Khan, made his Bollywood debut. The Indian Express Shah Rukh Khan revealed in an interview that he was not prepared for the news of his mother’s death and said,
I was not prepared for her to die. I never used to pray, but when she was in the ICU, and she was getting a breathing attack, I went down to the parking lot of a hospital and for the first time, I prayed. I was told to pray 6000 times, and that she won’t have pain.”
- In 1992, Lateef Fatima Khan’s son, Shah Rukh Khan, was awarded a Newcomer Award which he dedicated to his mother. The Indian Express While receiving the award, he said,
I am getting a major award in the film industry, she’s still not here. This one’s for you Ma.”
- In 2005, Lateef Fatima Khan’s son, Shah Rukh Khan, was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. The Government of France awarded him with both, the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2007), and the fifth degree of the French Legion of Honour, the Chevalier Légion d’honneur (2014).
- Lateef Fatima Khan’s son, Shah Rukh Khan’s initial name was ‘Abdul Rahman’ given by his maternal grandmother. But his initial name was not officially registered and later, his father changed his name to ‘Shah Rukh Khan’ instead.