The Indian film industry is mourning the loss of veteran Bollywood actor-director-writer-comedian and a Quran scholar, Kader Khan, who died after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Toronto in Canada, a family member said on Tuesday, December 31st 2018.
Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan paid tribute to the late actor on Twitter, “Kadar Khan passes away .. sad depressing news .. my prayers and condolences .. a brilliant stage artist a most compassionate and accomplished talent on film .. a writer of eminence ; in most of my very successful films .. a delightful company .. and a mathematician !!”. Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar wrote, “Mere pasandida abhineta aur lekhak Kadar Khan ji ke nidhan ki vaarta sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua.hamari film Industry ne ek bahut accha kalakar aur lekhak kho diya. Meri unko vinamra shraddhanjali (The news of my favourite actor and writer Kader Khan’s death has saddened me. Our industry has lost a talented artist. My respects)”. Actor Anupam Kher also hailed Kader Khan as "one of the finest actors of our country". The two had worked together in several films including ChaalBaaz, Meherbaan and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan.
Veteran actor Kader Khan was an Afghan-born Indian-Canadian film actor, screenwriter, comedian, and director. As an actor, he appeared in over 300 films after his debut film in the 1973 film Daag, starring Rajesh Khanna, in which he acted as a prosecuting attorney. He was also a prolific screenwriter for Bollywood films in the period 1970s to 1999 and wrote dialogues for 200 films. Khan graduated from Ismail Yusuf College affiliated to Bombay University. Before entering the film industry in the early 1970s, he taught at M. H. Saboo Siddik College of Engineering, Mumbai as a professor of Civil Engineering.
Khan had been suffering from supranuclear palsy, a degenerative disease. He was hospitalized on 28 December 2018 complaining of "breathlessness" in Canada, where he stayed with his son and daughter-in-law while seeking treatment.