Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passes away at 81
Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan passed away due to prolonged illness at the age of 81, his son Sarfaraz confirmed.
The actor was admitted to a hospital in Canada and his son confirmed that his last rites will be conducted in the country.
“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 was quoted as saying.
“We are thankful to everyone for their blessings and prayers,” he added.
The news of the death of the actor-screenwriter, who was at his peak in the 1980s-90s, comes days after his son dismissed media reports of his demise.
Kader Khan had developed breathing issues and the doctors had reportedly transferred him from regular ventilator to BiPAP ventilator.
He was reportedly suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a degenerative disease that causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking and dementia.
Born in Kabul, Kader Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s Daag. In a career spanning over four decades, the veteran actor featured in over 300 films and wrote dialogues for over 250 movies.
As a screenwriter, he frequently collaborated with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra.
His notable films with Manmohan Desai include Dharam Veer, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, Coolie, Desh Premee, Suhaag, Parvarish & Amar Akbar Anthony and films with Prakash Mehra include Jwalamukhi, Sharaabi, Lawaaris, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.
In the 90’s, the actor collaborated with David Dhawan and Govinda to deliver hits like Hero No. 1, Saajan Chale Sasural, Coolie No. 1, Dulhe Raja and Haseena Maan Jaayegi.