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Kader Khan
Occupation:Writer • Dialogue Writer • Actor • Screenplay
Born:October 22, 1937
Birthplace:Pishin, Baluchistan, Pakistan
Spouse:Azra Khan
Kader Khan was an Indian actor, comedian, scriptwriter and director. Before he got into the film industry, he was a professor of civil engineering. His career kickstarted when Dilip Kumar was impressed with his performance in a play called Taash Ke Patey, and signed him up for Sagina (1974) and Bairaag (1976). As a dialogue writer, he got his big break through Rajesh Khanna`s Roti (1974). He has acted in over 300 films and written dialogues for more than 250. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra, Feroz Khan, Anil Kapoor, and starred alongside other comedians like Asrani, Shakti Kapoor and Johny Lever. After more than four decades of work in a wide variety of genres, he eventually moved to Toronto, Canada. He passed away in January 2019.

Kader was critically acclaimed for his roles in Do Aur Do Paanch (1980), Waqt Ki Deewar (1981), Teesri Aankh (1982), Himmatwala (1983) and Mera Faisla (1984). He starred in blockbuster films including Coolie No. 1 (1995), Judwaa (1997), Gharwali Baharwali (1998), Haseena Maan Jayengi (1999) and Joru Ka Ghulam (2000). Kader garnered immense appreciation for Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Lucky: No Time for Love (2005) and Desh Drohi (2008). His recent films include Dil Bhi Khaali Jeb Bhi Khaali (2014) and Ungli (2014), Tevar (2015). Kader was last seen in the films Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi (2015) and Masti Nahi Sasti (2017).
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Amrish Puri
Prem Chopra
Raza Murad
Azra Khan
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Masti Nahi Sasti
Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi
Hero (2015)
International Hero
Mawaali (Hindi Dubbed)
Kunba (Haryanvi)
Mr. Money (Telugu)
Deewana Main Deewana
Tantiya Bheel

Did You Know? (8)

  • In the early days of his stage career, Kader Khan got a surprise phone call from Dilip Kumar. When he introduced himself, the phone slipped from Kader Khan`s hand and he fell down.
  • As a child, Kader Khan would go to a cemetery and enact whatever he saw during the day. The actor Ashraf Khan observed him doing this and offered him his first role in a play.
  • After his family moved to India from Afghanistan, Kader Khan spent a major portion of his childhood in the Mumbai slums.
  • Kader Khan was paid 1500 rupees the first time he wrote dialogues for a film.
  • Even when he started acting, Kader Khan continued teaching his students by taking midnight classes.
  • Kader Khan`s signature style was writing dialogues using colloquial, everyday language.
  • Khan is best remembered for his association with Govinda, especially their No. 1 series including Hero No 1, Aunty No 1, Coolie No 1 and Anari No 1.
  • In 2007, Kader Khan was bestowed upon the honorary citizenship of Houston.
  • Personal Quotes (5)

  • "I went away from the industry because all the people I enjoyed working with, like Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra, are no more. "
  • "I used to teach the theory of structure, hydraulics, strength of material, RCC steel, but my subjects which I used to like were theatre, Stanislavsky, Maxim Gorky, Chekhov, Dostoevsky - these are my other teachers. "
  • "My two sons have revived my drama group, formed when I was in college. It was called Kal Ke Kalaakaar, some also called it Kader Ke Kalaakar. "
  • "I would love to direct a film. In fact, I have directed portions of films. I directed a portion in Yaarana; the song Saara Zamana is directed by me. I also directed the scene in Amar Akbar Anthony scene where Amitabh tries to stick a bandaid on the mirror. "
  • "My father was a priest and scholar of Islam, this is his gift to me. He had asked me to work on this. I have translated many books from other languages into Arabic. "
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