Veteran actor Kader Khan passed away on Tuesday morning in Canada.
Kader Khan’s son Sarfaraz Khan confirmed the news to indianexpress.com. He said, “Yes, my dad has left us this morning. He was unwell from last few months and in the hospital from last few days. We tried everything we could, but it was time. He was a very loving man and he loved everyone who was a part of his life.”
The 81-year-old actor developed breathing issues and the doctors reportedly transferred him from a regular ventilator to BiPAP ventilator.
Khan, who lived in Canada with his son Sarfaraz and daughter-in-law, underwent a knee surgery last year, which went wrong, leaving the actor unable to walk properly.
Apart from being an actor, Kader Khan has also written dialogues for over 250 movies.
Following news of the death of Kader Khan, on Tuesday, celebrities expressed their condolences on social media.
Kader Khan was not just a mentor but also a father figure to me, says Govinda
"Kader Khan sir is no more with us. He was not just a mentor but also a father figure to me. He had such finesse that whichever artiste he worked with or collaborated with, became a star, in fact a superstar. The entire film industry and my family cannot express the loss in words. I pray to God to grant peace to his soul, and may he find a place in heaven," Govinda told indianexpress.com.
Kader Khan was a fatherly figure to me in this industry, says Raveena Tandon
Raveena Tandon told indianexpress.com, "There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept. Feeling gloomy about the sudden demise of such a trouper. I have such beautiful memories with Kader Khan ji and learned a lot while we did movies together. In Dulhe Raja, he not only played the role of my father but indeed was a fatherly figure to me in this industry. May his soul rest in peace and God give strength to the family members to bear such an enduring loss."
Tv actor Aasif Sheikh
Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai actor Aasif Sheikh wrote on Twitter, "Deeply saddened to know legendary Kader Khan Sahab is no more with us. We have lost a jewel which cannot be replaced by anyone . Rest in Peace sir . #KaderKhan"
Vir Das on Kader Khan
Actor-comedian Vir Das tweeted, "Kader Khan was one of the few talents to straddle comedic and dramatic work so brilliantly for so long. Rest in Peace sir."
Esha Gupta called Kader Khan, a fine artiste
Actor Esha Gupta tweeted, "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"
PM Narendra Modi paid his tribute to Kader Khan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:
Kader Khan Ji brightened the screen with his stupendous acting skills and lightened it thanks to his unique sense of humour.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 1, 2019
He was also a prolific screenwriter, associated with many memorable films.
Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers.
Kader Khan was a fine actor, says Akshay Kumar
Actor Akshay Kumar tweeted, "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 🙏🏻"
Tusshar Kapoor called Kader Khan, "a cinematic genius"
Tusshar Kapoor tweeted, "RIP Kader Khan Saab......a cinematic genius in both comedy and emotions! A number of us grew up watching your performances! A legend in life and death both!"
Working with him was an inspiring experience, says Anil Kapoor
Actor Anil Kapoor tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the news of Kader Khan’s demise. I had the chance of working with him & 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 🙏🏻"
Our industry has lost a great artiste and writer, says Lata Mangeshkar
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar tweeted:
Mere pasandida abhineta aur lekhak Kadar Khan ji ke nidhan ki vaarta sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua.hamari film Industry ne ek bahut accha kalakar aur lekhak kho diya. Meri unko vinamra shraddhanjali.— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) January 1, 2019
Last rites of Kader Khan to take place in Canada
Kader Khan's last rites will be performed in Canada itself as all of his family members are there.
Kadar Khan Saab has been a delightful part of my childhood, writes Vicky Kaushal
If there’s 1 film I have seen the most no. of times its ‘Baap numbari Beta dus numbari’. Bachpan mein iss film ki vhs lagakar hamesha dekhta. #KadarKhanSaab has been a delightful part of my childhood. His contribution to hindi cinema will always be remembered. May his soul RIP 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ellhVhIPX4— Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) January 1, 2019
Rishi Kapoor on Kader Khan
Actor Rishi Kapoor tweeted, "R I P. Kadar bhai Khan sahab! Bahut lamba rishta tha aapka hum sab Kapoors ke saath. Bahut kaam kiya bahut seekha aapse. Jannat Naseeb ho aapko. Ameen."
I remember him so much as part of David sir’s movies, says Sophie Choudry
Sophie Choudry wrote on Twitter, "Iconic actor, brilliant writer and wonderful comic timing... And I remember him so much as part of David Sir’s movies...Rest in peace #KaderKhan saab... Thank you for you incredible contribution to Hindi cinema"
His contribution to my fathers cinema was limitless, says Varun Dhawan
Varun Dhawan wrote on Twitter, "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."
Truly the end of an era, says Nila Madhab Panda
"For more than 45 years you made us laugh, cry, feel inspired by your outstanding screen writing and acting, saddened to hear you are no more #KaderKhan ji 😐, my sincere condolences, truly the end of an era, you will live on in our hearts and minds forever 🙏," Nila Madhab Panda said via Twitter.
Kader Khan was one of the finest actors of our country, says Anupam Kher
#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
Anees Bazmee on Kader Khan
Anees Bazmee posted on Twitter, "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"
Arjun Kapoor on Kader Khan: You’ve left a void in the industry
Actor Arjun Kapoor tweeted, "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 🙏🏻"
Kader Khan made us laugh and cry at the same time, says Madhur Bhandarkar
Madhur Bhandarkar shared on Twitter, "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. RIP Sir 🙏"
Naved Jafri on Kader Khan
Naved Jafri wrote on Twitter, "Wokeup to a very sad news, our beloved #kaderkhan sahab passed away and left behind his amazing memories.Deepest condolences to the family,May the almighty give them strength and patience to bear this great loss. innalillahe wa innailaihe raajeoon 🙏#RIPKaderKhan #Legend #actor"
Amitabh Bachchan on Kader Khan
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, "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!!"
Thank you for the laughter, says Smriti Irani
Smriti Irani posted on Twitter, "If you were a late 80s-90s kid who watched Hindi films, chances are you encountered the magic of Kader Khan. Never had the privilege of meeting him but if I ever had I would say ‘thank you for the laughter, thank you for your craft’ #RIPKaderKhan."
Manoj Bajpayee on Kader Khan
"Rest in peace Kader khan saheb !!," Manoj Bajpayee said via Twitter.
Ravi Kishan on Kader Khan
Ravi Kishan tweeted, "Rest in peace Kadar Khan sahab ..Bahaut Kuch Sikhaney ke liye aajivan aabhari rahunga main 🙏"
Rajdeep Sardesai on Kader Khan
Rajdeep Sardesai wrote on Twitter, "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"
BVS Ravi on Kader Khan
Filmmaker BVS Ravi shared on Twitter, "It’s sad to know that #KaderKhan sir passed away. He’s a great talent with impeccable impromptu ability of writing n a stellar actor with a razor edge timing. Good bye."
Paresh Rawal on Kader Khan
Paresh Rawal posted on Twitter, "RIP. Kadar Saab."