Veteran Bollywood actor Kader Khan passes away

Khan starred in more than 300 films

Khan starred in more than 300 films

Afghan-born Bollywood actor Kader Khan has died at the age of 81, after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Canada, his family said. You were an actor par excellence but an equally brilliant writer.

Reacting to his death, Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote on Facebook, "I am sorry to hear about the demise of noted actor Kader Khan Ji". Some of the funniest lines spoken by Bachchan, for instance, were Khan's creation. Before becoming an actor, he wrote dialogues for Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan's Jawani Diwani. Before entering the film industry in the early 1970s, he taught at MH Saboo Siddik College of Engineering, Mumbai as a professor of Civil Engineering.

Among Khan's frequent collaborators as a screenwriter were Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra.

The paths of Bachchan and Khan were meant to crisscross.

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 and Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.

His father's words hit Kader Khan like a sledge-hammer and he immediately enrolled for and completed his MA in Islamic Studies & Arab Literature from Osmania University in 1993. Khan has also written screenplays for Bachchan's films Agneepath and Naseeb.

As an actor he appeared in over 300 films after his debut in the 1973's Daag, starring Rajesh Khanna, in which he played the role of a prosecution attorney. However, an old video has come up that shows Kader Khan saying that he lost work for refusing to address Amitabh as "sirji".

Khan had been suffering for a while from a degenerative disease called supranuclear palsy that causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking and dementia. Khan, who has been staying in Canada with his son Sarfaraz and daughter-in-law Shaista, had to be placed on a Bipap ventilator.

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