Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the death of veteran Bollywood actor and writer Kader Khan, who passed away in a Canadian hospital on December 31 due to prolonged illness. “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,” Modi tweeted. The 81-year-old Canadian-Indian was reportedly suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a degenerative disease that causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking and dementia.
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 1, 2019
The death of Khan left many of his fans, including politicians and businessman, grieving. Reacting to his demise, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Vinod Tawde said that with passing away of Khan, an era of brilliance in Indian cinema ended.
“The cinematic legend #KaderKhan dedicated his life to cinema and made millions smile through acting. With his passing, an era of brilliance in Indian cinema has come to a close. My condolences are with his family and loved ones. RIP!” Tawde tweeted.
Born in Kabul, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna's Daag and has featured in over 300 films. Also, he has written dialogues for over 250 movies. Before becoming an actor, he had written dialogues for Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan starrer Jawani Diwani.
As a screenwriter, Khan frequently collaborated with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra. His films with Desai included Dharam Veer, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, Coolie, Desh Premee, Suhaag, Parvarish and Amar Akbar Anthony and films with Mehra include Jwalamukhi, Sharaabi, Lawaaris, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.