Veteran actor, writer Kader Khan dies at 81

He slipped into coma in the afternoon.

Khan's last rites will be performed in Canada as his family is based there, his son Sarfaraz told Indian media outlets. We have our entire family here and we live here so we are doing it. He was not just an excellent actor who fitted into any role, but also an outstanding writer.

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.

According to Bolly lore, Khan could not only write pages of dialogues effortlessly, he practised on their delivery at night in graveyards, where he would shout his dialogues to gauge the effect.

Having made a name in the yesteryears, Khan became an eminent actor in the 1980s and 90s.

Amitabh Bachchan described the news of Khan's death as "depressing", adding that he was a "writer of eminence in most of my very successful films". 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. Before becoming an actor, he wrote dialogues for Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan's Jawani Diwani. He was also a prolific screenwriter associated with many memorable films. Khan worked as a screenplay writer with Desai in films like Coolie, Suhaag, Parvarish and Amar Akbar Anthony and films with Prakash Mehra include Lawaaris, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar respectively and a bulk of them starred Bachchan as the leading man.

As a dialogue writer, he would work in films like Mr Natwarlal, Khoon Pasina and Satte Pe Satta.

"Kader Khan brightened the screen with his stupendous acting skills".

Khan had debuted in Hindi film industry with the 1973 film, Daag, which featured Rajesh Khanna in the lead role.

Khan was suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare brain disease, CNN reported.

  • Kyle Peterson