New Delhi, (UNI) President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday condoled the death of legendary Bollywood actor and screenwriter Kader Khan.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the President said,’Sad to learn of the passing of veteran actor and dialogue writer Kader Khan. His versatility, from comic to negative roles, and the films he embellished as a writer are still remembered. Condolences to his family, friends and fans.’
‘Kader Khan Ji brightened the screen with his stupendous acting skills and lightened it thanks to his unique sense of humour. He was also a prolific screenwriter, associated with many memorable films. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers,’ Mr Modi said.
Congress President Rahul Gandh also condoled the demise of Bollywood actor.
‘I am sorry to hear about the demise of noted actor Kader Khan Ji. I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans all around the world. We will miss him,’ Mr Gandhi said in a Facebook post.
Kader Khan, who enthralled cinegoers, with his performances in the 70s and the 80s, died on Tuesday after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Toronto.
He was 81 and is survived by his wife Hajra, son Sarfaraz, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.
According to family sources, the actor, who was put on a special ventilator on December 28 after suffering from over breathlessness, died at around 0400 hours.
The last rites will be held in a Toronto cemetery later on Tuesday.
Kader khan, who began his film career by playing the role of a Prosecuting attorney in Yash Chopra’s ‘Daag’, entertained film lovers with memorable performances in films like ‘ Judwaa’, ‘Judaai’, ‘Suhag’, ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’, ‘Lucky: No Time for Love’, ‘Haseena Maan Jayegi’, ‘Dulhe Raja’, ‘Saajan Chale Sasural’, ‘ Coolie No. 1’, ‘ Daag’ and ‘Anari’.
Born on October 22, 1937, in Kabul, Afghanistan to Abdul Rahman Khan and Iqbal Begum, Kader Khan taught at M H Saboo Siddik College of Engineering, Mumbai as a Civil Engineering professor before he ventured into films in the 1970s.
The actor also made his mark as screenplay writer, writing dialogues for films like ‘Roti’. ‘Mr Natwarlal’, ‘Satte Pe Satta’ ‘Inquilab’, ‘Do Aur Do Paanch’, ‘Giraftaar’, ‘Hum’ and ‘Agneepath’.