Veteran Bollywood actor Kder Khan dies aged 81

The last rites will be performed here in Canada only. The "Pink" actor had sent out prayers hoping for Khan's quick recovery after he was hospitalised in Canada. Initially wary of the literal translations of dialogues in remakes, he was eventually persuaded, with guarantees of no interference, to write the dialogues for "Meri Awaaz Suno" in 1981 followed by "Himmatwala" and many more remakes of Telugu and Tamil films like "Justice Chowdhary", "Mawali" and "Maqsad".

"Kader Khan Ji brightened the screen with his stupendous acting skills and lightened it thanks to his unique sense of humour", Modi wrote on Twitter. The trio delivered blockbusters like Saajan Chale Sasural, Hero No. 1, Coolie No. 1, Dulhe Raja and Haseena Maan Jaayegi.

A rare multi-dimensional talent, Khan was also a prolific screenwriter and penned the dialogues for more than 250 films, a lot of them Bachchan starrers. The following year, he was given the task of writing his life's first script with Jawani Diwani (1972) starring the reigning queen of the day, Jaya Bhaduri and Randhir Kapoor. He has worked with directors like Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra. 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.

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Kader Khan was 81. His films include Dharam Veer, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, Coolie, Desh Premee, Suhaag, Parvarish and Amar Akbar Anthony, Jwalamukhi, Sharaabi, Lawaaris and Muqaddar Ka Sikandar. This marked his debut as a dialogue writer. After that film in 1973, Khan went on to work in over 300 films, spanning several decades.

He was reportedly suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a rare degenerative brain disorder.

Union Minister Smriti Irani tweeted, "If you were a late 80s-90s kid who watched Hindi films, chances are you encountered the magic of Kader Khan". Kader Khan, 81, is survived by his wife Hajra, son Sarfaraz, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.

  • Michelle Webb