Veteran Bollywood actor-writer Kader Khan has passed away

Jan 02, 2019, 01:38
Veteran Bollywood actor-writer Kader Khan has passed away

The last rites will be performed in Canada, his son Sarfaraz has confirmed. The "Pink" actor had sent out prayers hoping for Khan's quick recovery after he was hospitalised in Canada.

Amitabh Bachchan described the news of Khan's death as "depressing", adding that he was a "writer of eminence in most of my very successful films". Manmohan Desai would later acknowledge Kader Khan's contribution to his film's success, stating, "I use roadside dialogues because it is easy to follow". You were an actor par excellence but an equally brilliant writer.

During his career, Khan was known in Bollywood for remarkably playing comic roles. The trio delivered blockbusters like Saajan Chale Sasural, Hero No. 1, Coolie No. 1, Dulhe Raja and Haseena Maan Jaayegi.

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Meanwhile, megastar Amitabh Bachchan paid a heartfelt tribute to the actor.

Actor Arjun Kapoor described Kader Khan as "an actor and a writer who defined a generation". Going on to a teaching profession at a Mumbai college, Khan made his cinematic debut rather late in life.

Kader Khan has acted in over 300 films, apart from writing dialogues for 250 movies.

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Kader Khan has given so much to our entertainment industry... While numerous most iconic roles and dialogues of Amitabh were a creation of the terrific Salim-Javed combination, many others were a product of the collaboration between directors Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra with Khan. "Muqaddar Ka Sikandar", "Laawaris" and "Sharaabi" are some of Prakash Mehra's films in which Kader Khan wrote scenes and dialogues. It was in the 1974 Rajesh Khanna starrer, "Daag", that Kader Khan gave his first screen appearance in a tiny role as a public prosecutor. Together they worked in a number of hit films such as Himmatwala, Jaani Dost, Justice Chaudhury, Farz Aur Kanoon, Tohfa and Qaidi among others.

Kader's son, Sarfaraz Khan, had dismissed the reports of his father's death a day earlier, however, he confirmed the tragic news today while speaking to Press Trust of India (PTI).

Khan was suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare brain disease, CNN reported.

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