Fereydoun Farokhzad Remembered ...

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Fereydoun Farokhzad Remembered ...
by Darius Kadivar
07-Feb-2009
 

Fereydoun Farrokzad was first and foremost a great entertainer, a gifted artist and most probably one of the most outspoken Iranians be it before or after the revolution that shook his beloved country and was to ultimately destroy everything he stood for. He was a lover of Beauty and the Arts. He was the brother of one of Iran’s greatest contemporary poets, and militant feminist: Forough Farrokhzad, who also died in a tragic car accident in the late 1960’s. Fereydoun Farrokhzad was also quite openly a Constitutional Monarchist singing in London to honor the death of the Imperial Army officers who died during the failed Nojeh Coup, that ultimately set him on the Top of the Blacklist of the Islamic Republic’s Death Squads. It would be hypocritical and inaccurate to claim the contrary in the name of political correctness or in the name of one’s personal political convictions or preferences. Farrokhzad never denied it be it in private or in public that he was faithful to an Era which benefited to his professional life and success. However to boil him down to a royalist activist and/or royalist icon would be equally reductive. He was one of the Great Iranian Entertainers of his time who truly revolutionized the Iranian Entertainment Scene and Television Shows. He was often copied, imitated but never equaled. It was also because of his professionalism and work ethics that he turned his back on the mediocrity of many LA based TV channels and programs because he was disappointed by their lack of sincerity and faith to the cause of freedom of Iran and Iranians. He spent his personal fortune and energy to rally Iranians against the Islamic Republic by performing worldwide in any major European or American  where there was an Iranian community be it London, Toronto, LA, New York or Paris. His closest friends and advisors would vainly try to convince him to stop making vehement patriotic speeches or criticizing openly the clerical regime of Tehran but it was useless for Farrokhzad was not a man to be intimidated by anyone. He believed in EVERY Word he uttered and his stamina and bold comments would stir passionate reactions from his fans and critics alike. He was a Professional entertainer who disguised his inner anguishes with a Big Smile. Farrokhzad was deeply attached to his country and countrymen maybe more than any other artist and compatriot of his generation. A man who could be seen in the company of beautiful women and enjoying the company of his friends and fellow colleagues like Aref, Sattar, Mahasty or Googoosh, equally in times of Popularity as well as in times of exile was in fact a solitary who like most artists overcome their inner shyness and inhibitions by overcoming them in the public eye.  Given Farrokhzad’s popularity and stamina that was threatening the Iranian Theocracy’s foundations and reputation outside Iran, the Islamic Republic tried to undermine Farrokhzad’s reputation. He was falsely accused of sexual depravity and even bisexuality, all of which were pretexts to distract public opinion on his ever growing popularity within a politically divided Iranian Diaspora. Fereydoun Farrokhzad understood the pain of others and would often interact with his audience to pull them towards more solidarity and compassion for their fellow compatriots. During his lifetime, many unjustly felt he was overdoing it, but ultimately and to the Very End, he fought like a Lion for the honor and Freedom of his country. Not surprisingly, the Islamic republic's agents operating in Germany assassinated him at his home in Bonn On August 9, 1992. Three days later his body was found lying in a pool of blood with his dog whimpering beside him. 
As Farrokhzad Believed: The Show Must Go On! 

Fereidoon Farrokhzad - Mikhakeh Noghreyi (Salam Hamsayeha)

Fereydoun Farokhzad - Chera Hichkas Nemikhad فریدون فرخزاد

Fereydoun Farokhzad with Sepideh, Ahmad & Alice

Iran" سوسن و فريدون Fereyedoun Farokhzad & Sossan" 1988 (Funny conversation with Flirt)

Fereidoon Farrokhzad with Shohreh Solati - Oomadi

Fereidoon Farrokhzad with Ramesh - Afsoos

Fereidoon Farrokhzad - Pesaram

Mahasti & Farokhzad

Fereydoun Farokhzad - Sarbaz - Imperial Iranian Army سرباز فريدون فرخزا

Fereydoun Farokhzad - Hamrazmanam فریدون فرخزاد

Reburial of Fereydoun Farrokhzad in Bonn Germany:

01: Marasem Jabejae Peykare Dr,Fereydoun Farokhzad Bonn Germany 08.Sep.2007

02: Marasem Jabejae Peykare Dr,Fereydoun Farokhzad Bonn Germany 08.Sep.2007

 

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Darius Kadivar

Thanks for the Feedback Souri Jaan

by Darius Kadivar on

I know Farrokhzad's Sister Pouran who still lives in Iran. A True Lioness who has not forgotten her siblings and is very proud of them and their Artistic and intellectual legacy. My brother however got to see and talk to Fereydoun Farrokhzad in London after a concert and spoke in length in a dining club, I think at Albert Hall or somewhere like that. Unfortunately a month later he was killed in his apartment I think in Germany. Truly a Sad Ending for a Brave and good man.


Souri

sorry DK, it's me again!!

by Souri on

The name of that song was "Dive Tanhaee"

Here's the lyric and the song

http://www.2mahal.com/song/13872.htm


Souri

You are right

by Souri on

I have heard some personal stories about him, that prove he was uniq in generosity and kindness. I'd love to know him personally when he was still alive, alas. Did you have any chances to meet him in person ?

I loved all the clips you had posted here, really it made my day. Alhough I think I knew them all, but never get enough of watching them again. Specially that real great song of "chera hichkas.." and all his parole on that video!!!

Yah, I've heard Paris has never been that cold since a long while..! Too bad for you. Told you come here, to Canada :O))

BTW: I'd asked it before, could you find that beautiful song of Farokhzad "Ghoule Tanhaee" ? He sang it only once in one of his show. I could never find it any where. I have the lyric on the web, but can't find the CD.....

Thanks again


Darius Kadivar

Your Welcome Souri Jaan

by Darius Kadivar on

And I should also add a Very Good Man with a Golden Heart for all those who approached him and got to know him or his family.

Warm Regards from a Snowy Paris,

DK


Souri

Thank you DK

by Souri on

Yes, Farrokhzad was a true nationalist. He was a real man. I always love him