Amitabh Bachchan has lead movie industry in paying their respect to actor-writer Kader Khan who died in Canada on December 31 nights. Kader Khan was suffering from a chronic health problem and had been admitted to a hospital since Friday when he complained of breathlessness. His son Sarfaraz confirmed to the media that the actor passed away at 6 pm Canadian time on December 31.
Remembering Kader Khan as a “compassionate and accomplished talent,” Amitabh Bachchan wrote, “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 !!”
The actor had earlier prayed for Kader Khan’s health when the news of his illness came in. “KADER KHAN .. actor-writer of immense talent .. lies ill in Hospital .. PRAYERS and DUAS for his well being and recovery .. saw him perform on stage, welcomed him and his prolific writing for my films .. great company, a Libran .. and may not know, taught Mathematics !” Amitabh Bachchan had earlier tweeted.
Khan’s death left his vast fanbase in shock, with several taking to Twitter to share their feelings. “The Most Versatile temperament Of Indian Cinema #KaderKhan Sir Leaves us today Saddest News #RIPKaderKhan Sir you may Be Forever missed and thanks for all the entertainment,” wrote one whereas another Twitter user aforesaid, “#Actor, Comedian and Dialogue author #KaderKhan passes away at 81. Thanks for filling countless smiles and laughter into our childhood. Legends never die, you’ll continuously be alive through your work.”
“My father has left us. He passed away on December 31at 6 pm as per Canadian time due to prolonged health problem. He slipped into the coma within the afternoon. He was within the hospital for 16-17 weeks. The last rites are going to be performed here in Canada solely. we've got our entire family here and we live here therefore we do it,” Khan’s son Sarfaraz told to the media. “We are glad to everybody for their blessings and prayers,” he further added.
The news of the death of the actor-screenwriter, who was at his peak within the 1980s-90s, comes days when his son dismissed media reports of his demise. Kader Khan had developed respiratory problems and also the doctors had reportedly transferred him from regular ventilator to BiPAP ventilator.
As per reports, the actor was suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a degenerative disease that causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking and dementia. The actor was born in Kabul and made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s Daag and has featured in over 300 films. He wrote dialogues for over 250 movies. Before becoming an actor he had written dialogues for Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan’s Jawani Diwani.
As a screenwriter, Khan frequently collaborated with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra. His films with Desai include Dharam Veer, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, Coolie, Desh Premee, Suhaag, Parvarish and Amar Akbar Anthony and films with Mehra include Jwalamukhi, Sharaabi, Lawaaris, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.