Indian Bollywood actor and dialogue writer Kader Khan (Photo: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)


Veteran Bollywood actor Kader Khan passed away on 31 December due to prolonged illness. 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,” Khan’s son Sarfaraz said in a statement to Press Trust of India. “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.”

Khan was at his peak in the 1980s and 90s and he has featured in more than 300 films.

Here’s a look at some of his notable roles.

Taqdeerwala: In this movie, Khan plays the role of God of Death who descends on Earth to find a book that predicts the future. Khan’s character is baffled by everything he encounters and this leads to humourous situations.

Coolie No 1: The movie featured Govinda and Karishma Kapoor in the lead and Khan, along with Shakti Kapoor and Sadashiv Amrapurkar played the supporting cast. Khan also penned the dialogues for the movie.

In the movie, Khan essayed the role of Hoshiyar Chand, who wants his daughters marry into rich families. But fate has other plans for his daughters.

The Don: Kader Khan got to essay three roles in this movie starring Mithun Chakravorty. Khan appears as a peon, a principal and a professor and all three work in the same college.

Ghar Ho Toh Aisa: In the movie, Khan is seen in a double role – a character named Bajrangi and also as his dead father. Bajrangi and his father often converse through a photo frame and his dead father’s soul follows him wherever he goes.

Bol Radha Bol: In this movie starring Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla, Khan plays the character of Jugnu who has a unique trait. Jugnu loses his eyesight after sunset and later on, he realises that he loses his sense of hearing after 6 pm.