RIP Kader Khan: Lesser known facts of the veteran actor-writer-director

Celebrated veteran actor Kader Khan passed away at the age of 81, due to prolonged illness. From teaching at a renowned college in Mumbai to writing the best dialogues for Amitabh Bachchan, here are some unknown facts of the late actor.

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan on October 22, Kader Khan was known for his impeccable comic timing, and his nonpareil work as an actor and a writer in several films.

He completed a Master’s Diploma inEngineering (MIE) from the Institution of Engineers (India) specializing inCivil engineering and 1970 and 1975, taught civil engineering at M. H. SabooSiddik College of Engineering in Byculla.

He commenced his career in films by writingplays for theatres and was subsequently offered to write the script of ‘JawaniDiwani’, for which he was paid Rs 1,500.

Khan made his acting debut in 1973with Rajesh Khanna’s “Daag” and has featured in over 300 films.

Over the years Khan had been part ofnumerous blockbusters including ‘Bol Radha Bol’, ‘Khoon Bhari Maang’, ‘Biwi HoTo Aisi’, ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’, ‘Judwaa’, and ‘Dulhe Raja’.

He mostly collaborated with ManmohanDesai and Prakash Mehra for their films starring the legend of BollywoodAmitabh Bachchan. Many of the megastar’s famous dialogues were written by Kaderhimself.

Kader also worked with Shakti Kapoorin almost 125 films and some of their best films are — ‘Haseena Maan Jayegi’,‘Deewana Mastana’, ‘Hero No 1’, ‘Aankhen’ and ‘Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri’.

He is also related to ‘Hate Story 3’ actress Zarine Khan.

According to reports, Khan wasadmitted to a hospital overseas, after complaining of breathlessness. He wasput on a BiPAP ventilator for the same.

Reportedly, he suffered fromprogressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a degenerative disease that causes lossof balance, difficulty in walking and dementia. Kader also underwent surgeriesfor his knees in 2017.

He was last seen in 2016 ‘Aman KeFarishtey’ which also starred another late actor Dev Anand.

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