Born in Afghanistan in 1937 to Abdul Rahman from Kandahar and Iqbal Begum from Pishin (British India - now known as Balochistan, Pakistan), Kader Khan, the Indo-Canadian film actor, screenwriter, comedian, and director is no more between us. The versatile talent breath his last on January 1, 2019. Suffering from supranuclear palsy, the actor died of a degenerative disease. All pictures/mid-day archives
As an actor, Kader Khan appeared in over 300 films and more, post his debut film in the 1973 film Daag. Starring Rajesh Khanna, Kader Khan played the role of a prosecuting attorney. Acting was not the only forte which he excelled in, the comedian was also a prolific screenwriter for Bollywood films (1970s to 1999) where he wrote dialogues for over 200 films. But did you know acting was not the first choice as a career option for Kader Khan? He started earning as a teacher; before entering the film industry in the early 1970s. Kader Khan taught at M. H. Saboo Siddik College of Engineering, Mumbai as a professor of Civil Engineering.
Kader Khan had three brothers - Shams ur Rehman, Fazal Rehman and Habib ur Rehman. The actor, who was raised in the Kamathipura neighbourhood of Mumbai, enrolled in a local municipal school and later in the Ismail Yusuf College. Later, Kader Khan obtained a Master's Diploma in Engineering (MIE) from the Institution of Engineers (India) specializing in Civil Engineering. Though the actor lived in Mumbai, he had his family members settled in the Netherlands and Canada. Kader Khan's sons - Sarfaraz Khan, Shahnawaz Khan, and Quddus live in Canada. His eldest son Sarfaraz Khan has also acted in several films. He is related to the family of Zareen Khan, who also works in the film industry as an actress and model.
Kader Khan has worked with a lot of Bollywood superstars - Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, Feroz Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Govinda to name a few. The actor also got the opportunity to work in the movies which were directed by Tatineni Rama Rao, K. Raghavendra Rao, K. Bapaiah, Narayana Rao Dasari, David Dhawan. He has worked side-by-side with other comedians like Asrani, Shakti Kapoor and Johnny Lever. He has co-starred with Amrish Puri, Prem Chopra and Anupam Kher in many films. He has played a large variety of parts in a different genre of films like comedy, action, romance, family, social and political.
Kader Khan started getting lengthy roles as a supporting actor after 1984 with the films like Masterji, Dharm Adhikari, Nasihat, Dosti Dushmani, Ghar Sansaar, Loha, Insaniyat Ke Dushman, Insaaf Ki Pukar, Khudgarz, Sherni, Khoon Bhari Maang, Sone Pe Suhaaga, Vardi. From 1988, there were films written with him in as one of the lead character like Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni, Biwi Ho Toh Aisi, Ghar Ho Toh Aisa, Hum Hai Kamaal Ke, Baap Numbari Beta Dus Numbari.
His first attempt at comedy was with Himmatwala and Aaj Ka Daur. He started doing main comedy roles from 1989 onwards, with films like Sikka, Kishen Kanhaiya, Hum, Ghar Parivar, Bol Radha Bol and continued through the nineties with comedy roles in Aankhen, Taqdeerwala, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Dulhe Raja, Coolie No.1, Saajan Chale Sasural, Sooryavansham, Judaai, Aunty No.1 and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Raja Babu, Khud-Daar, Chote Sarkar, Judaai, Aunty No. 1, Gharwali Baharwali, Hero Hindustani, Sirf Tum, Anari No.1. Even in the early 2000s, he attempted versatile roles with films like Akhiyon Se Goli Maare, Chalo Ishq Ladaaye, Suno Sasurjee, Yeh Hai Jalwa and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. His work as a comedian was notable in Himmatwala, Aankhen and Coolie No.1.
After giving his so many years to Bollywood, Kader Khan starred in his own comedy television series Hasna Mat, which aired on Star Plus in 2001. The actor, later on, made a comeback on Indian television with a comedy series Hi! Padosi... Kaun Hai Doshi? on Sahara One in 2011. In between his series, Kader Khan later appeared in Tevar (2015), Lucky: No Time for Love (2006) and Family: Ties of Blood (2006).
It was Rajesh Khanna who gave him the break as a dialogue writer in his film Roti and thereafter he wrote dialogues for films with Rajesh Khanna in the lead like Mahachor, Chailla Babu, Dharam Kanta, Fiffty Fiffty, Naya Kadam, Masterji and Nasihat, all of which were hit films at box office. Other successful films for which he has written or assisted in dialogues include films starring Jeetendra like Himmatwala, Jaani Dost, Sarfarosh, Justice Chaudhury, Farz Aur Kanoon, Jeo Aur Jeene Do, Tohfa, Qaidi, Haisiyat.
As a screenwriter, Kader Khan has worked with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra for their films starring Amitabh Bachchan. Besides Amitabh, he was the only one to work in the rival camps of Mehra and Desai. His films with Desai include Dharam Veer, Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswati, Coolie, Desh Premee, Suhaag, Parvarish and Amar Akbar Anthony and films with Prakash Mehra include Jwalamukhi, Sharaabi, Lawaaris, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.
It was not just Bollywood where Kader Khan showcased his talent! The actor was also in demand by the South Indian film production houses such as Padmalaya. Major filmmakers of southern cinema such as Narayana Rao Dasari, Kovelamudi Bapayya, K. Raghavendra Rao, Rama Rao Tatineni, Dasari Narayan Rao, D. Rama Naidu consulted Khan for doing the script and dialogue of the Hindi remakes of their southern language films. Some of these films included Himmatwala (1983), Justice Choudhury (1983), Haisiyat (1984) and Singhasan (1986).
While the actor was missing for a long time from B-town, it was said that the comedian relocated to Dubai for a while where he started his teaching career once again. Kader Khan taught at a private institute with a hope to set up his own educational centre later on in Dubai.
Kader Khan's health deteriorated when his knee surgery went wrong at the age of 79. The actor was also on a wheelchair for quite a long time. The actor was with his son Sarfaraz in Canada for the remainder of his life.
It's been quite a few times when Kader Khan's hoax death news surfaced online. The actor was also trending on Twitter #RIPKaderKhan more than once before he actually passed away. But this time, he has left us for real! He'll be truly missed by his fans.
The versatile actor and writer Kader Khan breathed his last on 1 January 2019 on New Year's Day. Due to a prolonged illness. He has etched a special place in the history of Indian cinema, which is truly irreplaceable. Let's take a look at his journey in tinsel town.
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