Bollywood actor and writer, Kader Khan who had performed in over 300 movies has passed away at the age of 81 after suffering from age-related ailments. He was admitted into hospital in Canada when his health started to seriously decline. He then began to develop breathing problems and was upgraded from a regular ventilator to a BIPAP ventilator by medical staff. He was a sufferer of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a degenerative disease which causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking and memory loss.
His funeral and last rites took place in Canada, where the remainder of his family is currently living.
The actor was born in Kabul and made his first debut in 1973, with Rajesh Khanna’s Daag. He performed in many comic roles to entertain his fans, by working alongside Govinda, such as Dulhe Raja, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan and Raja Babu. He even wrote dialogues for many movies, his first film as a dialogue writer being Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan’s Jawani Diwani. As a screenwriter, he worked with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra.
Khan had also won numerous awards in his lifetime for acting. He was recognised by the American Federation of Muslims from India for his achievements and was notorious for providing his service towards the Muslim community in India as well.
The loss of veteran actor Kader Khan has been mourned by the entirety of the Bollywood film society. Amitabh Bachchan had also written an emotional tweet about his death, the pair were good friends and had worked together in many movies, such as Do Aur Do Paanch, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Mr Natwarlal, Suhaag, Coolie and Shahenshah.
Bachan wrote on Twitter: “Kader Khan an actor a writer of immense talent lies ill in Hospital. Prayers are being made for his well being and recovery. I Saw him perform on stage, welcomed him and his creative writing for my films. Great company, and many might not know, but he taught Mathematics.”
Shakti Kapoor who was also a close friend to Khan, expressed his sorrows and expressed his anger as to why the community were remembering the actor after his death and not whilst he was alive.