TORONTO: Veteran Bollywood actor-writer Kader Khan passed away Monday at the age of 81 after a prolonged illness, his son Sarfaraz confirmed.
Khan's last rites will be performed in Canada as his family is based there, his son Sarfaraz told Indian media outlets.
Veteran actor Kader Khan was suffering from a prolonged illness for quite some time and had been staying in Canada, where he was also undergoing treatment. Admitted in the hospital since 16-17 weeks, the actor went into the coma in the afternoon. He breathed his last at a hospital in Toronto, Canada, a family member said, reported Hindustan Times. He further commented "We are thankful to everyone for their blessings and prayers".
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.
"A writer of eminence; in most of my very successful films". Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan's Jawani Diwani was the first movie for Khan as a dialogue writer.
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Among various projects, Kader had contributed to several Amitabh-starring films like "Amar Akbar Anthony", "Muqaddar Ka Sikandar", "Laawaris" and "Coolie" as a writer. He used to collaborate with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra as a screenwriter.
Rest in peace Kader Khan. There is a lesson to be learnt from Kader Khan's death in a foreign country. "We will miss him & his brilliance".
An avid reader and a film-buff, he had a huge collection of books on various subjects related to film-making, acting, screenplay writing, penning story-dialogues and other departments, and had a mastery over Urdu.
According to Bolly lore, Khan could not only write pages of dialogues effortlessly, he practised on their delivery at night in graveyards, where he would shout his dialogues to gauge the effect.