Actor, screenwriter, comedian, and director Kader Khan passed away today due to prolonged illness. He was 81.
Veteran actor & screenwriter Kader Khan passes away at the age of 81 in a hospital in Toronto, Canada pic.twitter.com/RUP9cq7SNn— ANI (@ANI) January 1, 2019
He had been living in Canada with his son for the last few years.
Kader Khan was one of the finest Bollywood actors who appeared in over 300 movies in his career. Although his comic timing was his calling card, he was equally proficient in playing intense roles, something he proved with his debut in Daag itself.
A professor of Civil Engineering, before he turned to acting, Kader Khan was also an exemplary screenwriter and director who gifted Bollywood with gems like Amar Akbar Anthony, Coolie, Khoon Bhari Maang etc.
His death is a loss to the industry, and many industry veterans and stars expressed their grief over social media.
T 3045 - Kadar Khan passes away .. sad depressing news .. my prayers and condolences .. a brilliant stage artist a most compassionate and accomplished talent on film .. a writer of eminence ; in most of my very successful films .. a delightful company .. and a mathematician !! pic.twitter.com/l7pdv0Wdu1— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) January 1, 2019
The world may well remember him as a comic-villain actor.. but the genius of Kader Khan was in his original dialogue writing starting with Roti.. RIP— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) January 1, 2019
While many Hindi film lovers remember #KaderKhan as the funny man of the ‘90s, it was his proficiency as dialogue writer that really set him apart. Most so-called “massy” writers today can’t come close to the kind of one-liners he came up with in movies like ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’.— Aniruddha Guha (@AniGuha) December 30, 2018
How ironical it is the man who made everyone laugh throughout his life with his excellent comic timing & acting ability died yesterday, when the entire world was happy and giggling for welcoming new year. May your soul find rest and peace🙏 #KaderKhan— Gayetri Gupta (@GuptaGayetri) January 1, 2019
#KaderKhan Saab was one of the finest actors of our country. It was a joy and a learning experience to be on the sets with him. His improvisational skills were phenomenal. His humour was eternal and original. He was a wonderful writer. We will miss him & his brilliance.🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/m9z1yix9HB— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) January 1, 2019
Rest in peace, sir.