Ethnicity – Irani [One of the two Zoroastrian communities settled in India/Pakistan]
Date of Birth – 11/23/1938 (Mumbai – India)
Date of Death – N/A
Debut Film – Zimbo (1958)
Last Film – N/A
Significant others in the Film Industry – N/A
Miscellaneous Info – Azad belonged to that rare breed of Zoroastrian actors who dominated the early Indian Cinema – especially Silent Cinema – because of their looks/built but with limited Hindi language and/or acting skills. Azad started his career as a hero with the B-Grade jungle/stunt film Zimbo (1958) which was a success at box-office. Along with Dara Singh, he remained a popular stunt hero in many B-Grade ventures including Lady of the Lake (1960), Pedro (1960), Zimbo Comes to Town (1960), Tarzan aur Gorilla (1963) etc.
Unfortunately, with the beginning of the 70s when the popularity of jungle and stunt films started to wane, Azad switched to cameo roles before he faded into oblivion by the beginning of the 80s.
According to his son Melvin Irani, Azad currently resides in Maryland, USA. He lives with his wife and son Melvin. He has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease since the year 2001. However, as a true tarzan, he is still going strong and fighting Parkinson’s disease on a daily basis. His latest pic (posted below) was taken in 2016.
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Pic of Azad Irani taken in 2016. He currently resides in Maryland, USA
Related Youtube Video – Trailer of Zimbo (1958).
Filmographies might not be 100% accurate or complete because of various reasons including artistes with similar names