Veteran Indian actor Kader Khan dies at 81

Veteran Indian actor Kader Khan dies at 81

Kader Khan had been put on a ventilator, according to various reports. The doctors wasted no time in treating him but unfortunately he succumbed to his illness.

Veteran actor Kader Khan breathed his last today, his son said.

The news of the death of the actor-screenwriter, who was at his peak in the 1980s-90s, comes days after his son dismissed media reports of his demise.

Sarfaraz also confirmed that Khan had been in the hospital for 16 to 17 weeks prior and had slipped into a coma Monday afternoon. The last rites will be performed in Canada, his son Sarfaraz has confirmed.

Veteran Indian actor Kader Khan dies at 81
Kader Khan a veteran actor-director dies at the age of 81, confirms his son; Bollywood mourns his death

Actor Manoj Bajpayee wrote on the micro-blogging site: "Rest in peace Kader Khan saheb!" Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan's Jawani Diwani was the first movie for Khan as a dialogue writer.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the many who expressed sadness at Khan's passing Tuesday, describing him as a performer who "brightened the screen with his stupendous acting skills and lightened it thanks to his unique sense of humor". Two years later, working with Manmohan Desai and Rajesh Khanna, he would write the dialogues of Roti and also work as a character actor. Before entering the Bollywood in the early 70s, he was a professor of Civil Engineering at a college in Mumbai. The trio delivered blockbusters like Saajan Chale Sasural, Hero No. 1, Coolie No. 1, Dulhe Raja and Haseena Maan Jaayegi.

Kader Khan was reportedly suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a degenerative disease that causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking and dementia.

His famous work with Desai include, "Dharam Veer", "Ganga Jamuna Saraswati", "Coolie", "Desh Premee", "Suhaag", "Parvarish" and "Amar Akbar Anthony". While numerous most iconic roles and dialogues of Amitabh were a creation of the terrific Salim-Javed combination, many others were a product of the collaboration between directors Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra with Khan.

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