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Azad Irani – Profile & Filmography

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Azad Irani
Real Name –  Azad Irani

Profession – Actor (Hero)

Active Years – Late 1950s – 1970s

Religion – Zoroastrian

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 FilmZimbo (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.

Photo Gallery

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Related Youtube Video – Trailer of Zimbo (1958).

Filmography

Filmographies might not be 100% accurate or complete because of various reasons including artistes with similar names

Title
Year
Country
Producer
Director
More Info
Zimbo
1958
India
Basant Pictures
Homi Wadia
Click
Black Tiger
1960
India
Highway Pictures
Akkoo
Lady Of The Lake
1960
India
A. M. Khan Production
A. M. Khan
Pedro
1960
India
Akkoo Production
Akkoo
Zalim Tera Jawab Nahin
1960
India
R. D. Production
Ramanlal Desai
Zimbo Comes To Town
1960
India
Combine Film Traders
Nanabhai Bhatt
Elephant Queen
1961
India
Rajani Chitra
Rajendra
Hurricane Express
1961
India
Film Circle
M. H. Doctor
Night Bird
1961
India
Navshakti Films
A. R. Zamindar
Jadoo Mahal
1962
India
Akkoo Production
Akkoo
Madam Zapatta
1962
India
Gopa Bhagnari
Ram Rasila
Madam Zorro
1962
India
A. D. Production
Akkoo
Toofani Tarzen
1962
India
Nav Shakti Films
A. R. Zamindar
Junglee Raja
1963
India
M. K. Films
Vishwanath
Kala Ghoda
1963
India
Naresh M. Shah
A. Shamsheer
Click
Patal Nagri
1963
India
Madan Chitra
Ram Kumar
Rustom Sohrab
1963
India
Ramsay Production
Vishram Bedekar
Tarzan Aur Gorilla
1963
India
Hind Pictures
Pyarelal
Tarzan Aur Jadugar
1963
India
N. R. Brothers
Radhakant
Captain Azad
1964
India
Kalaras Chitra
Ram Rasila
Magic Carpet
1964
India
Unique Pictures
Babubhai
Pahadi Nagin
1964
India
M. G. A. Films
Azim
Rustom-E-Rome
1964
India
S. J. Rajdev
Radhakant
Tarzan & Capitain Kishore
1964
India
Padma Production
Tarzan & Delilah
1964
India
H. S. Films
A. Shamsheer
Tarzan & Jalpari
1964
India
Urvashi
Radhakant
Boxer
1965
India
Sudarshan Chitra
Radhakant
Chhupa Rustom
1965
India
H. S. Khanna
Akkoo
Fauladi Mukka
1965
India
Madras Films
S. Azim
Shai Lootera
1965
India
Nirmal Anand
Akkoo
Tarzan And Circus
1965
India
Sargam Chitra
Shiv Kumar
Teen Sardar
1965
India
L. K. Productions
Radhakant
Gogola
1966
India
Indradhanush
Balwant Dave
Insaaf
1966
India
Sargam Chitra
Radhakant
Tarzan Aur Jadui Chirag
1966
India
Unique Pictures
Babubhai Bhanji
Tarzan Ki Mehbooba
1966
India
D. R. Films
Ram Rasila
Zimbo Finds A Son
1966
India
Basant Pictures
John Cawas
Click
Arabian Nights
1967
India
Ram Kishan Films
Nanabhai Bhatt
Jungle Ki Hoor
1967
India
Emkay Production
S. M. Shaikh
Anjam
1968
India
Sargam Chitra
Shiv Kumar
Balram Shri Krishna
1968
India
Joy Films
Chandrakant Desai
C.I.D. Agent 302
1968
India
Indian Film Syndicate
S. Azim
Lutera Aur Jadugar
1968
India
Pravin Kumar
D. Raman
Tarzan In Fairyland
1968
India
Sadhna Pictures
Sushil Gupta
Inteqaam
1969
India
Shaktiman Enterprises
R. K. Nayyar
Sakhi Lutera
1969
India
Shahnaa Films
Rustam B. Irani
Toofan
1969
India
Sargam Chitra
Radhakant
Ehsan
1970
India
S. J. Rajdeo
Shiv Kumar
Gunahon Ke Raaste
1970
India
N. M. Nayak, M. K. Rawal
Radhakant
Khuni Saya
1970
India
Jayant Films
A. Zahoor
Monto
1975
India
S. J. Rajdev
Jambu
Dharamveer
1977
India
Subhash Desai
Manmohan Desai
Don
1978
India
Nariman A. Irani, Mukhtar Ahmed
Chandra Barot
Toofani Takkar
1978
India
Kala Raj Chitra
Ram Rasila
Choron Ki Baaraat
1980
India
Salim A. Calcuttawala
Harmesh Malhotra
Bulandi
1981
India
Mohan Rao
Esmayeel Shroff
Naam-O-Nishan
1987
India
B. P. Verma
Ajay Kashyap
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8 Comments

  1. Azad Irani currently resides in Maryland USA .He lives with his wife and son . He’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s since the year 2001.He is 80 yrs old. His name is also in the Guinness book of world records he has acted in the most amount of tarzan movies as tarzan in the whole world .he the true tarzan still going strong n fighting Parkinson’s on a daily basis

  2. Aazad was the best bet for the role of Tarzan.Fair & handsome he gave us great joy watching his films as young school going kids.I have some great memories about him as he was my he man hero along with Dara Singh..Wishing him a peaceful retired life.Take care of him Melvin.

  3. It was great to find you Melvin and see your dad’s latest pic.
    Hope you are doing great and remember me.I am currently in Florida and my tel.no.is 7139227858.Do give me a call

  4. Dear melvin,

    Greetings for the Day. To day I am remaimber AZAD.

    After so many years, till not forget I am Fain of

    AZAD I have last seen him in movie Sharabi with

    Mr. Bachchan. But not forgotten his Movie like

    Tarzan and Delaila.

    Give him my best Regards and take Good care.

    Regards,

    Bharat Khona.

  5. Thanks Melvin .. for the latest updates of your father.. As a kid he was my hero & I never used to miss any of his Tarzan movies. Hansome & well build , the role fitted of Tarzan fitted him to the Tee. Please take care of him & my prayers are always with him -wishing him good health & peaceful life.
    Am 61 years now, & I narrate the stories from his movies to my grandchild & other children who listenwith awe about the adventures of Azzad -my Zimbo

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