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Bollywood Legend Kader Khan Passes Away At Age Of 81

Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan has died in Canada due to a prolonged illness, his son Sarfaraz confirmed today. He was 81. Kader Khan’s health deteriorated on Friday and he was admitted to a hospital in Canada. The actor’s funeral will take place on Tuesday in Canada where his family is living at present.

“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,” Khan’s son Sarfaraz told PTI, adding, “We are thankful to everyone for their blessings and prayers,” he added. He had dismissed Kader Khan’s death rumours a day ago.

The actor had been admitted after complaining of breathlessness and was put on a BiPAP ventilator. He was unable to talk and also showed signs of pneumonia. Kader Khan suffered from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a degenerative disease that causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking and dementia. Kader also underwent surgeries for his knees in 2017.

Actor Amitabh Bachchan led Bollywood in paying their last respects to Khan.”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,” he wrote. Bachchan and Khan collaborated in blockbusters such as Do Aur Do Paanch, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Mr. Natwarlal, Suhaag and Shahenshah.

Actor Manoj Bajpayee also paid respects to the actor-writer. “Rest in peace Kader Khan saheb,” Bajpayee tweeted.

Born in Kabul, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s Daag and went on to act in over 300 films. He also wrote dialogues for over 250 movies, with his first film as a dialogue writer being Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan’s Jawani Diwani. As a screenwriter, Khan frequently collaborated with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra.

Khan was synonymous with comic roles, especially in films with Govinda. He worked in a number of David Dhawan directed Govinda films like Dulhe Raja, Coolie No.1, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Raja Babu, Saajan Chale Sasural, Aunty No.1, among others. In fact, Khan has worked with all leading actors of 70s, 80s and 90s, including Rajesh Khanna, Bachchan, Jeetendra, Feroz Khan, Anil Kapoor and Govinda.

Kader Khan’s last rites will be performed in Canada itself as all of his family members are there.

Following news of the death of Kader Khan, on Tuesday, celebrities expressed their condolences on social media.

Kader Khan was not just a mentor but also a father figure to me, says Govinda

“Kader Khan sir is no more with us. He was not just a mentor but also a father figure to me. He had such finesse that whichever artiste he worked with or collaborated with, became a star, in fact a superstar. The entire film industry and my family cannot express the loss in words. I pray to God to grant peace to his soul, and may he find a place in heaven,” Govinda told indianexpress.com.

Kader Khan was a fatherly figure to me in this industry, says Raveena Tandon

Raveena Tandon told indianexpress.com, “There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept. Feeling gloomy about the sudden demise of such a trouper. I have such beautiful memories with Kader Khan ji and learned a lot while we did movies together. In Dulhe Raja, he not only played the role of my father but indeed was a fatherly figure to me in this industry. May his soul rest in peace and God give strength to the family members to bear such an enduring loss.”

Tv actor Aasif Sheikh

Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai actor Aasif Sheikh wrote on Twitter, “Deeply saddened to know legendary Kader Khan Sahab is no more with us. We have lost a jewel which cannot be replaced by anyone . Rest in Peace sir . #KaderKhan”

Vir Das on Kader Khan

Actor-comedian Vir Das tweeted, “Kader Khan was one of the few talents to straddle comedic and dramatic work so brilliantly for so long. Rest in Peace sir.”

Esha Gupta called Kader Khan, a fine artiste

Actor Esha Gupta tweeted, “It’s not a tragedy, but a blessing to live and experience such a fine artist like kader khan ji, may you be at peace 🙏🏽 a star will shine brighter tonight..rip”

PM Narendra Modi paid his tribute to Kader Khan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:

Kader Khan was a fine actor, says Akshay Kumar

Actor Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Saddened to learn about the demise of #KaderKhan Saab, had the good fortune of working with him in quite a few films…a fine actor and an even better comedian. My thoughts and prayers with his family 🙏🏻”

Tusshar Kapoor called Kader Khan, “a cinematic genius”

Tusshar Kapoor tweeted, “RIP Kader Khan Saab……a cinematic genius in both comedy and emotions! A number of us grew up watching your performances! A legend in life and death both!”

Working with him was an inspiring experience, says Anil Kapoor

Actor Anil Kapoor tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the news of Kader Khan’s demise. I had the chance of working with him & it was an inspiring experience. He will always remain in our hearts & a forever shining star in the sky. Sending my thoughts, love & prayers to the family 🙏🏻”

Our industry has lost a great artiste and writer, says Lata Mangeshkar

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar tweeted:

Rishi Kapoor on Kader Khan

Actor Rishi Kapoor tweeted, “R I P. Kadar bhai Khan sahab! Bahut lamba rishta tha aapka hum sab Kapoors ke saath. Bahut kaam kiya bahut seekha aapse. Jannat Naseeb ho aapko. Ameen.”

I remember him so much as part of David sir’s movies, says Sophie Choudry

Sophie Choudry wrote on Twitter, “Iconic actor, brilliant writer and wonderful comic timing… And I remember him so much as part of David Sir’s movies…Rest in peace #KaderKhan saab… Thank you for you incredible contribution to Hindi cinema”

His contribution to my fathers cinema was limitless, says Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan wrote on Twitter, “RIP #KaderKhan saab. One of my inspirations and a truly iconic actor, writer and stage artists. His contribution to my fathers cinema was limitless just like his talent. You will truly be missed by everyone.”

Anees Bazmee on Kader Khan

Anees Bazmee posted on Twitter, “Saddened to hear about #KaderKhan. Had the privilege to work with him as a writer in Aankhen, Raja Babu, Shola Our Shabnam, Bol Rahda Bol, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi & direct him in my debut film Hulchul. #RIP #KaderKhan. You shall always be missed”

Arjun Kapoor on Kader Khan: You’ve left a void in the industry

Actor Arjun Kapoor tweeted, “An actor and a writer who defined a generation.. You’ve left a void in the industry that cannot be filled..RIP #KaderKhan.. My heartfelt prayers to his family 🙏🏻”

Kader Khan made us laugh and cry at the same time, says Madhur Bhandarkar

Madhur Bhandarkar shared on Twitter, “Sad to hear the demise of the Versatile Writer,Actor,Comedian Kader Khan.He made us laugh and cry at the same time.He entertained us with his punchful dialogues.God bless his. RIP Sir 🙏”

Amitabh Bachchan on Kader Khan

Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, “T 3045 – 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!!”

Thank you for the laughter, says Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani posted on Twitter, “If you were a late 80s-90s kid who watched Hindi films, chances are you encountered the magic of Kader Khan. Never had the privilege of meeting him but if I ever had I would say ‘thank you for the laughter, thank you for your craft’ #RIPKaderKhan.”

Manoj Bajpayee on Kader Khan

“Rest in peace Kader khan saheb !!,” Manoj Bajpayee said via Twitter.

Paresh Rawal on Kader Khan

Paresh Rawal posted on Twitter, “RIP. Kadar Saab.”

In a career spanning over 45 years, Kader Khan acted in over 300 films. Also a screenwriter, the actor wrote dialogues for over 250 movies too. He was an integral part of David Dhawan and Govinda collaborations in the 1990s, delivering blockbusters like Coolie No. 1, Saajan Chale Sasural, Hero No. 1, Dulhe Raja and Haseena Maan Jaayegi.

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