Bollywood actor Kader Khan passes away


Veteran Bollywood actor & screenwriter Kader Khan, best remembered for his blockbuster hits of the ninties, passed away at Toronto in Canada. He was 81.

His last rites will be performed in Canada, his son stated, after confirming the news of the veteran actor’s demise.

“My dad has left us. He passed away on December 31 at 6 pm as per Canadian time due to prolonged illness. He slipped into coma in the afternoon. He was in the hospital for 16-17 weeks. The last rites will be performed here in Canada only. We have our entire family here and we live here so we are doing it,” Kader Khan’s son Sarfaraz told PTI, and added: “We are thankful to everyone for their blessings and prayers.”

Incidentally, there were reports about his demise yesterday (Dec 31) morning that were, however, dismissed by Sarfaraz as rumours.

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1937, he made his acting debute alongside Rajesh Khanna in the movie ‘Daag’ and acted in over 300 films besides also writing dialogues for 250-odd movies.

He teamed up with David Dhawan and Govinda in the ninties and acted in some of the finest comedy hits Bollywood has ever seen. ‘Dulhe Raja’, ‘Coolie No.1’, ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’, ‘Raja Babu’, ‘Aunty No 1’, among others, were some of the smash hits involving the trio.

As a screenwriter, he teamed up with Manmohan Desai to write the dialogues for super hit films like ‘Dharam Veer’, ‘Ganga Jamuna Saraswati’, ‘Coolie’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’. His films with Prakash Mehra include ‘Sharaabi’, ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikander’ and ‘Lawaaris’.

Actor Amitabh Bachchan led Bollywood in paying tributes to the legendary actor.

“Kadar Khan passes away… Sad depressing news… My prayers and condolences… A brilliant stage artist a most compassionate and accomplished talent on film… A writer of eminence; in most of my very successful films… A delightful company… and a mathematician!!” he wrote.

Tributes also poured in from other Bollywood personalities, mourning Kader Khan’s demise.