Published: Wed, January 02, 2019
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Bollywood legend Kader Khan dies at age 81

Bollywood legend Kader Khan dies at age 81

"Our entire family is here and we live here so we are doing it", Sarfaraz added. Kader Khan was transferred from a regular ventilator to BiPAP ventilator before he passed away. The doctors wasted no time in treating him but unfortunately he succumbed to his illness.

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". He further gave details about his death and revealed that he slipped into coma in the afternoon. He was in the hospital for 16-17 weeks, Kader's son Sarfraz confirmed. He breathed his last at a hospital in Toronto, Canada, a family member said, reported Hindustan Times. The fact remains that Kader Khan has worked with every major actor since the 1970s.

Known for his flawless comic timing, the actor appeared in more than 300 Bollywood films. He wrote dialogues for numerous films in the 70s and 80s, including the Filmfare-winning Angaar and Meri Awaaz Suno.

Apart from being an actor, Kader Khan has also written dialogues for over 250 movies. Before entering the Bollywood in the early 70s, he was a professor of Civil Engineering at a college in Mumbai. He entertained his audience with a number of comedy hits like Dulhe Raja, Coolie No.1, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Raja Babu, Saajan Chale Sasural, Aunty No.1 and others.

Khan, who was renowned for his comedic roles, especially during the 1990s, had been suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy, an extremely rare degenerative brain disease, according to CNN affiliate News 18. He made his debut with 1973 Daag, alongside Rajesh Khanna.

As a screenwriter, Kader Khan frequently collaborated with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra.

Among various projects, Kader had contributed to several Amitabh-starring films like "Amar Akbar Anthony", "Muqaddar Ka Sikandar", "Laawaris" and "Coolie" as a writer.

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