New Delhi: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has led tributes to veteran Bollywood actor-director-writer-comedian and a Quran scholar, Kader Khan, who died after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Toronto in Canada.
Ahmed Khan, a close relative of the actor confirmed the news saying that he passed away around 4:00 am (IST). He said the last rites will be held in a Toronto cemetery later in the day.
Among various projects, Kader had contributed to several Amitabh-starring films like 'Amar Akbar Anthony', 'Muqaddar Ka Sikandar', 'Laawaris' and 'Coolie' as a writer.
"Kader Khan passes away. Sad, depressing news. My prayers and condolences. A brilliant stage artiste, most compassionate and accomplished talent on film. A writer of eminence...in most of my very successful films. A delightful company and a mathematician," Amitabh tweeted on Tuesday.
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
Expressing his condolence on his death, Anil Kapoor said that working with the legendary actor was an inspiring experience for him.
Deeply saddened by the news of Kader Khan Saab's demise. I had the chance of working with & it was an inspiring experience. He will always remain in our hearts & a forever shining star in the sky. Sending my thoughts, love & prayers to the family __
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) January 1, 2019
Actor Anupam Kher hailed Kader as one of the finest actors of our country. The two had worked together in films like 'ChaalBaaz', 'Meherbaan' and 'Bade Miyan Chote Miyan'.
"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 and his brilliance," he tweeted.
#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
Kader Khan's death has left filmmaker Anees Bazmee feeling sad. "Had the privilege to work with him as a writer in 'Aankhen', 'Raja Babu', 'Shola Aur Shabnam', 'Bol Radha Bol', 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi' and direct him in my debut film 'Hulchul'. RIP Kader Khan. You shall always be missed," he tweeted.
Saddened to hear about #KaderKhan. Had the privilege to work with him as a writer in Aankhen, Raja Babu, Shola Our Shabnam, Bol Rahda Bol, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi & direct him in my debut film Hulchul. #RIP #KaderKhan. You shall always be missed pic.twitter.com/kw7onCCGc7
— Anees Bazmee (@BazmeeAnees) January 1, 2019
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar also felt sad to hear the demise of the "versatile writer, actor, comedian Kader Khan. He made us laugh and cry at the same time. He entertained us with his punchful dialogues. God bless his soul. RIP Sir".
Sad to hear the demise of the Versatile Writer,Actor,Comedian Kader Khan.He made us laugh and cry at the same time.He entertained us with his punchful dialogues.God bless his https://t.co/HSrp7MqQMh Sir _ pic.twitter.com/N8a6HVSlZc
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) January 1, 2019
RIP #KaderKhan saab. One of my inspirations and a truly iconic actor, writer and stage artists. His contribution to my fathers cinema was limitless just like his talent. You will truly be missed by everyone.
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) January 1, 2019
Saddened to learn about the demise of #KaderKhan Saab, had the good fortune of working with him in quite a few films...a fine actor and an even better comedian. My thoughts and prayers with his family __
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 1, 2019
It's not a tragedy, but a blessing to live and experience such a fine artist like kader khan ji, may you be at peace __ a star will shine brighter tonight..rip
— Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) January 1, 2019
Writer-director Milap Zaveri quoted lines from Kader Khan`s 1990 film "Agneepath" and wrote: "Huge regret that I never got to work with you. You were an actor par excellence but an equally brilliant writer. Still quote your lines from the original `Agneepath` to people. `Peeche nahi jaane ka. Peeche jaane se guzra hua waqt laut ke nahi aata`."
RIP Kader Khan sir. Huge regret that I never got to work with u. You were An actor par excellence but an equally brilliant writer. Still quote your lines from the original Agneepath to people. "Peeche nahi jaane ka. Peeche jaane se guzra hua waqt laut ke nahi aata" ____
— Milap (@zmilap) January 1, 2019
Actor Manoj Bajpayee wrote on the micro-blogging site: "Rest in peace Kader Khan saheb!"
Rest in peace Kader khan saheb !! https://t.co/GHSqo0B6z9
— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) January 1, 2019
Actor Arjun Kapoor described Kader Khan as "an actor and a writer who defined a generation".
An actor and a writer who defined a generation.. You've left a void in the industry that cannot be filled..RIP #KaderKhan.. My heartfelt prayers to his family __
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) January 1, 2019
Kader, 81, is survived by his wife Hajra, son Sarfaraz, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.