After what has been confirmed by his son Sarfaraz to be a prolonged illness, actor-writer Kader Khan passed away today morning. The late scriptwriter’s journey was one that can be summed up as ‘from rags to riches’ as his family moved from Afghanistan to India in search of a better living and he struck gold the moment ace actor Dilip Kumar saw his theatre works and immediately signed him for two of his movies. Rest, as they say, is history.
Kader Khan married Azra Khan in mid-1970s and bore three sons with her. His family members have maintained a low-profile throughout yet a fondly intimate one, as evident from the pictures that have been occasionally shared.
While his eldest son, Quddus Khan works as a security officer at an airport in Canada, his second son, Sarfaraz Khan, is an actor-producer who has appeared in films like Tere Naam and Wanted. Sarfaraz is also the co-founder of an international company, Kal Ke Kalakar and some of his favourite movies of his father are Aaj Ka Daur (1985), Coolie No.1 (1995) and Dulhe Raja (1998) among others. Shahnawaz Khan is the late actor’s youngest son who studied in Canada and has assisted in films like Mileinge Mileinge, Vaada and Humko Tum Se Pyaar Hai while having directed In Your Arms. His favourite movie of his father in Angaar (1992).
Seen in the pics is Kader Khan with his two younger sons Sarfaraz Khan and Shahnawaz Khan.
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#RIP End of an Era !! #KaderKhan Kader Khan, Veteran Bollywood Actor, Passes Away at 81 After Prolonged Illness A day after dismissing reports of his death, Kader Khan’s son Sarfaraz confirmed on Tuesday morning that the veteran actor-writer passed away on Monday evening. Best known for acting in popular films such Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Akhiyon Se Goli Maare, Joru Ka Ghulam, Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Aunty No. 1 and Judwaa, Khan was living in Canada with Sarfaraz and his daughter-in-law Shahista. He was 81. “My dad has left us. He passed away on December 31 at 6 pm as per Canadian time due to prolonged illness. He slipped into coma in the afternoon. He was in the hospital for 16-17 weeks,” Sarfaraz told PTI. “The last rites will be performed here in Canada only. We have our entire family here and we live here so we are doing it. We are thankful to everyone for their blessings and prayers,” he added. In the last few days, Khan was just able to maintain eye contact. He had stopped talking completely, was put on a BiPAP ventilator and showed symptoms of pneumonia. Sarfaraz had earlier told a media portal that Khan had recently undergone a knee surgery but despite it being successful, he couldn’t walk owing to his ill health. “The surgery did not go wrong. It was just that my father refused to get up after it. We were told that he has to make an effort and try to start walking from the next day but he just didn’t do it,” Sarfaraz said. Khan was also suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), an extremely rare degenerative disease known to cause slow deterioration and loss of specific volumes of the brain, resulting in loss of balance, slowing of movement, difficulty moving eyes and dementia. Born in Kabul in 1937, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Yash Chopra’s film Daag that starred Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore in lead roles. He went on to feature in over 300 films. But before turning to acting, he was a prolific dialogue and screen writer and had penned dialogues for over 250 films, including Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan’s
The iconic actor was apparently suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a degenerative disease that causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking and dementia.
His son Sarfaraz confirmed to PTI, “My dad has left us. He passed away on December 31 at 6 pm as per Canadian time due to prolonged illness. He slipped into coma in the afternoon. He was in the hospital for 16-17 weeks. The last rites will be performed here in Canada only. We have our entire family here and we live here so we are doing it.”