Kader Khan died at the age of 81 on Tuesday in Canada. His son Sarfaraz confirmed that Khan had been in hospital for the past 16 weeks and had slipped into a coma yesterday afternoon, passing away at 6pm Canada time (3am in the UAE).
According to Indian media, the actor was admitted to a hospital in Canada after his health deteriorated. We have our entire family here and we live here so we are doing it. In his own words, the actor in him helped the writer and vice versa.
This is quite shocking to see because Khan has always been one of the most loved Bollywood actors, who always stayed away from any controversy. Kader Khan was transferred from a regular ventilator to BiPAP ventilator before he passed away.
The actor also worked with veterans like Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra, Feroz Khan, Anil Kapoor and Govinda.
A prolific actor, he performed in over 300 films including Himmatwala, Aaj Ka Daur, Sikka, Hum, Aankhen, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Coolie No. 1, Saajan Chale Sasural and Dulhe Raja, for which he was nominated for Filmfare's Best Comedian Award.
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 had been suffering for a while from a degenerative disease called supranuclear palsy that causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking and dementia. Aside from being an accomplished actor, he also dialogues for over 250 films.
Among Khan's frequent collaborators as a screenwriter were Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra. Later, in films like Parvarish, Lootmaar and Qurbani among others, he would establish himself as a villain.
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 made his debut with 1973 Daag, alongside Rajesh Khanna.