The End of a Legend

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Aamir Khan was celebrating his success with 3 Idiots when the news of his father Mr. Tahir Hussain’s passing away struck the Khan family. Mr. Tahir Hussain passed away in the wee hours of the 2nd of February 2010 by a massive heart-attack.

For the dilettante lot, he was a descendant of Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, rooted to the ethnic Pashtuns of Afghanistan, but an Indian. Late Tahir Hussain started his film career in 1957 as an assistant director to his brother Nasir in films like Tumsa Nahin Dekha and Dil Deke Dekho He produced films like Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Anamika (1973), Caravan (1973) and had directed the Aamir-Juhi starrer Tum Mere Ho in the year 1990. Tahir was also seen on screen with Janam Janam Na Saath (1977), Pyar Ka Mausam (1969) and Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai (1961).

Late Tahir Hussain, 79, took his last breaths at his Bandra residence with wife Zeenat Khan. The Khan family and the all of Bollywood bid adieu to the legend on February 3rd, 2010. Aamir’s brother Faisal’s unsteady psychological condition brought differences between Tahir Hussain and Aamir Khan. In spite of the differences, Tahir Hussain’s whole clan with Faisal, Aamir, daughters Nikhat and Farhat, and wife Zeenat Khan were present at the funeral.

Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao, who were in the US attending the Sundance Film Festival where his movie Peepli Live was premiered, arrived on Wednesday afternoon. Tahir Hussain’s grandson Imran Khan, who was away in New Zealand for a film shoot, also attended the funeral. Tahir Hussain was last spotted at Imran Khan and Avantika Malik’s engagement ceremony.

A loss to Bollywood, a greater loss to the Khan family, – Tahir Hussain was a gem of a person who will always be amidst Bollywood for his contributions and goodwill.

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