Veteran actor Kader Khan passes away at 81

Veteran Indian actor Kader Khan dies at 81

Kader Khan passes away at 81

Actor-writer Kader Khan died on Monday evening in Canada after fighting Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a degenerative disease, for many years; he was 81. He slipped into a coma in the afternoon. Kader Khan was admitted to a hospital in Canada on Friday after he complained of breathlessness. "We have our entire family here and we live here so we are doing it", Sarfaraz Khan told PTI. He was not just an excellent actor who fitted into any role, but also an outstanding writer.

Ahmed Khan, a close relative of the actor confirmed the news saying that he passed away around 4:00 am (IST). Kader Khan was put on ventilator since a couple of days after he had some breathing issues.

Khan was born in Kabul and made his Bollywood debut as an actor in 1973. He worked in a number of David Dhawan directed Govinda films like Dulhe Raja, Coolie No.1, Saajan Chale Sasural, Aunty No.1, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Raja Babu, Khuddar among others.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan quoted a tweet from one his fans on Twitter, who posted an old picture of both the actors and wrote, "Prayers and duas". Before becoming an actor he had written dialogues for Randhir Kapoor and Jaya Bachchan's Jawani Diwani. Before entering the Bollywood in the early 70s, he was a professor of Civil Engineering at a college in Mumbai. Apart from giving some of the most memorable amusing characters in Hindi films, Khan had also been praised for his negative roles in films like Do Aur Do Paanch (1980) among others.

Two filmmakers Kader Khan actively collaborated were Manmohan Desaid and Prakash Mehra.

In the 1974 super hit "Roti", Kader Khan is credited with additional dialogues; his name, though, appears three font sizes bigger than the dialogue writer Akhtar ul Iman. 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.

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