Kader Khan dies at 81: Lata Mangeshkar, Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher lead Bollywood tributes

Qadir Khan Dies at 81
The film industry has paid tribute to actor-writer Kader Khan, who died after a prolonged illness on December 31 in Canada. His former colleagues and friends, lead by Amitabh Bachchan and Anupam Kher, reacted to the news of his death on Twitter.

“Kadar Khan passes away. Sad depressing news. My prayers and condolences,” wrote Amitabh. Khan had written many of his films, such as Do Aur Do Paanch, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Mr. Natwarlal, Suhaag and Shahenshah.


Farida Jalal, who had worked with Khan in Dulha Hum Le Jayenge, among other films, told Hindustan Times, “What a talented man he was. He was also a writer and I always was in awe of him for being so multi talented. He was a very good speaker as well, he had the smartest and wittiest answer to everything. This is such a sad news. God bless him wherever he is and condolences to his sons and family.”

Upasana Singh, who worked with Khan in Judaai, among other films, said, “Kaderji was very nice to me. I have worked with him in so many films. I learnt the nuances of comedy from him because I had entered films with the idea of being only an actress. I didn’t even know what a punchline in comedy meant. He taught me that. I know he was unwell but I will always remember him for being so caring and loving.

Actor Jackie Shroff said, “RIP. Lucky to have shared screen space with the legend… a writer, director, an actor and a great human.” Jackie had worked with the late actor in several films such as Angaar and Aaj Ka Daur.

Actor Akshay Kumar wrote on Twitter, “Saddened to learn about the demise of #KaderKhan Saab, had the good fortune of working with him in quite a few films…a fine actor and an even better comedian. My thoughts and prayers with his family.”


“Sad to hear the demise of the Versatile Writer, Actor, Comedian Kader Khan.He made us laugh and cry at the same time. He entertained us with his punchful dialogues.God bless his soul. RIP Sir,” wrote filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar on Twitter.


Director Anees Bazmi wrote that he “Had the privilege to work with him as a writer in Aankhen, Raja Babu, Shola Aur Shabnam, Bol Radha Bol, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and direct him in my debut film Hulchul.”

“RIP Kader Khan. You shall always be missed,” he tweeted.


Khan had been in hospital for the last four months, for various old-age related ailments including breathing issues. He was born in 1937 in Kabul, Afghanistan, to a Pashtun family. The actor is survived by his wife Hajra, son Sarfaraz, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.

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