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Kader Khan was left alone and nobody was concerned about him: Shakti Kapoor

Over the years Kader Khan worked with many actors and filmmakers, both as a writer and as an actor. His collaboration with Govinda has entertained us all in the 90s. His partnership with Amitabh Bachchan has given us some massive blockbusters. But, it was his iconic pairing with Shakti Kapoor that was always the talk of the town. The two actors worked in more than 100 films together, across genres.

Among many other films, their movie Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri was a runaway success and has a cult fan following and so is Taqdeerwala, where Kader Khan played Yamraaj while Shakti Kapoor was the antagonist. Their chemistry was loved by one and all. Talking about Kader Khan’s sad demise, Shakti Kapoor who is Goa told Hindustan Times how at one time they had become a guarantee of success at the box office. He recalled that “in an industry where posters only have the lead actor and actress, there were banners of just Kader Khan and Shakti Kapoor promoting the films. This has never happened in the history of the Hindi film industry. There was the combination of Mehmood and Kishore Kumar but these actors have not done 100 films together and neither did they play father and son, like we did.”

Shakti Kapoor: Kader Khan was very lonely in the last decade Shakti Kapoor: Kader Khan was very lonely in the last decade
Over the years Kader Khan worked with many actors and filmmakers, both as a writer and as an actor. His collaboration with Govinda has entertained us all in the 90s. His partnership with Amitabh Bachchan has given us some massive blockbusters. But, it was his iconic pairing with Shakti Kapoor that was always the talk of the town. The two actors worked in more than 100 films together, across genres.

Among many other films, their movie Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri was a runaway success and has a cult fan following and so is Taqdeerwala, where Kader Khan played Yamraaj while Shakti Kapoor was the antagonist. Their chemistry was loved by one and all. Talking about Kader Khan’s sad demise, Shakti Kapoor who is Goa told Hindustan Times how at one time they had become a guarantee of success at the box office. He recalled that “in an industry where posters only have the lead actor and actress, there were banners of just Kader Khan and Shakti Kapoor promoting the films. This has never happened in the history of the Hindi film industry. There was the combination of Mehmood and Kishore Kumar but these actors have not done 100 films together and neither did they play father and son, like we did.” Also read: Govinda reacts to Kader Khan’s death: He was not just my ‘ustaad’ but also a father figure to me

He also talked about his equation and the relationship he shared with the legendary actor and writer, he said, “I learnt a lot from him and I will miss him a lot. He once told me that his acting career began as a theatre artist. He was a professor in a college and would come up with dialogues while riding the scooter. His assistant, who would be riding pillion, would write them down. I always told him that he was my guru; I used to touch his feet. We were the best of friends. I would never leave him alone for a moment when we were together and not shooting because there was so much to learn.” He also revealed that he used to call him a “messiah” and “a man sent by God”.

Talking about how he felt very lonely over the last decade and how film industry sidelined him, Shakti said,

When Kader Khan was not working for the last decade and was suffering, nobody was very concerned about him. Why was he left so lonely? And why are actors left so alone when they are sick or not doing too well? Kader Khan was financially very secure but very lonely because when he was sick, not many people visited him or spent time with him. He was left alone with his family.

He also stated that Kader Khan always had this strong urge making a strong comeback to the big screen because he wanted to teach the new generation about zubaan, dialogue delivery “and how every word coming out of your mouth should be like a rose and a butterfly. Today, when actors speak, you can’t understand half of it. So, I want to teach this generation of actors the language.”

Shakti Kapoor and Kader Khan’s most notable films included Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri, Jaisi Karni Waise Bharni, Taqdeerwala, Raja Babu, Coolie No. 1, Aankhen, Eena Meena Deeka, Main Khiladi Tu Anadi among others.

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