Widely known as the brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan has proven to be a major figure in Indian cinema as well. The son of a renowned screenwriter, Khan followed in the footsteps...
Featured in the thriller "Shootout at Lokhandwala"
Appeared in the action film "Qayamat: City Under Threat"
Featured in the comedy "Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya"
Debuted in the feature thriller "Daraar"
Widely known as the brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan has proven to be a major figure in Indian cinema as well. The son of a renowned screenwriter, Khan followed in the footsteps of his older brother, making his film debut as a volatile husband in 1996 with the thriller "Daraar." It wasn't long before Khan was sharing the screen with his sibling, notably in the comedy "Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya" (1998). Soon it became clear that he was best suited for supporting roles, often playing the part of a police inspector, as in the action movie "Garv: Pride and Honour" (2004), also starring his brother Salman. In 2007, Khan appeared in the hit crime drama "Shootout at Lokhandwala," and a few years later he ventured into producing, partnering with his well-known wife, actress Malaika Arora Khan, for behind-the-scenes work on "Dabangg" (2010). This gritty cop film, starring Salman and featuring Arbaaz in a supporting role, became a huge hit. In 2012, Khan made his directing debut with the similarly successful sequel, "Dabangg 2," which solidified his reputation as a versatile Bollywood Renaissance man.
Born in Mumbai, Khan grew up in a large family that included his script-writing father, Salim, and two brothers, Salman and Sohail, who both went on to become actors. After Salman rose to celebrity status during the mid-1990s, Arbaaz decided to try his hand at performing as well, and made a strong impression as an abusive husband in "Daraar," a tense drama loosely based on the American movie "Sleeping with the Enemy" (1991). In 1997, Khan married model/dancer/TV personality Malaika Arora, and continued to develop his film career with featured turns in the comedies "Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya" and "Hello Brother" (1999), both showcasing Salman in the lead. Firmly establishing his name as supporting player, Khan appeared as a bad guy in the action-oriented blockbuster "Qayamat: City Under Threat" (2003) and a cop in "Garv: Pride and Honour," a fast-paced thriller starring Salman. Other notable movies to include Khan in the cast have been the well-received thriller "Shootout at Lokhandwala" and the glamorous drama "Fashion" (2008), featuring Priyanka Chopra and Kangna Ranaut.
Khan's other brother, Sohail, also joined his siblings on screen, with Arbaaz appearing alongside him in various movies, including the comedy "Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na" (2008) and the ensemble drama "Kissan" (2009), which was based on real-life tragedies in the Indian farming community. (The latter film was co-written and produced by Sohail.) Khan subsequently formed Arbaaz Khan Productions with his wife, and their first project, the crime thriller "Dabangg," was a runaway blockbuster that reinforced the acting appeal of both Salman and Arbaaz. After a brief appearance in the Salman-starring comedy "Ready" (2011), Khan returned to "Dabangg" for a sequel, not only staying on as an actor and producer, but also settling into the director's chair. Though the film had the potential to be a highly anticipated flop, "Dabangg 2," despite numerous negative reviews, was a commercial smash, once again proving that the sibling pairing of Salman and Arbaaz Khan was often a winning combination.
Khan has appeared on screen with his brothers Salman and Sohail, though rarely both in the same production.
"My family is ecstatic. My father was a successful writer [Salim Khan]; Salman [Khan] has been successful for long now. But I've been struggling to find my bearings. The guy who was waiting in the wings is now flying." - from Filmfare, Feb. 26, 2013
"As an actor, I don't want to rush into anything. I am looking for acting offers where I am a perfect fit with the role I am offered. I want to act occasionally as I love acting, but don't want to pursue acting religiously." - from The Times of India, April 26, 2013