Iftekhar (actually Iftekhar Khan, also Iftikhar; Hindi: इफ़्तेख़ार, Iftekhar; born February 22, 1920 in Kanpur, † March 4, 1995 in Mumbai ) was an Indian film actor of Hindi film. He is best known for his numerous roles as a police inspector and played in more than 250 films.


After a few brief film appearances from the late 1930s, his work intensified as a film actor mid-1950s after his performances in Sohrab Modi's Mirza Ghalib (1954) and Bimal Roy's Biraj Bahu (1954). In the 1960s and 1970s, he was present as a police inspector or commissioner in particular in numerous roles. He frequently appeared as a police opponent of Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna or Amitabh Bachchan. Among his most important films include Bimal Roy's Bandini (1963 ), Raj Kapoor's Sangam (1964 ), Manoj Kumar's Shaheed (1965 ), Prakash Mehra's Zanjeer (1973 ), Don (1978) and Yash Chopra's Kaala Patthar (1979).

Besides Hindi entertainment films played Iftekhar 1967 in two episodes of the American television series Maya and in the English-language films Bombay Talkie ( 1970) by James Ivory and City of Joy ( 1992) by Roland Joffé.

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