As an actor, Kader Khan who lasted on the silver screen for three decades all the way till mid-2000s, was no slouch one. He was rather, the man with the punch lines in sheer number of acting credits in every single film, makes him an irreplaceable legend in India’s acting fraternity.
“Bade bade paper mein apun ka chhota chhota photo chhapta hai”, and he left, leaving behind, a trail of tributes and more importantly, a lasting impression in not just Bollywood, but the entire entertainment world. Making a banging dialogue debut in 1970s for super-hit films like Jawani Diwani, Pasina, Muqaddar Ka Sikanda, Parvarish and the iconic film Amar Akbar Anthony, Kader Khan consistently came out as the man of words from some of the greatest money-spinning comedies and characters ever introduced.
In no time, Khan became an omnipresent fixture in almost all the successful Hindi movies of the ’80s and ’90s – not just as a writer, but also a spine-tickling comedy actor. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Kader Khan ruled the world of commercial comedy cinema in his time, having worked with some of the biggest names like Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Narendra Bedi and NT Rama Rao. His flare with penning down unmatched comedy timings and the unbeatable punch lines bagged him titles like “a storehouse of talent”, “a brilliant writer and actor” and “an all-rounder of his own kind”.
According to writer-director Anees Bazmee, who has worked with Khan in a number of films says that his discipline was what made him such a prolific person. Remembering Khan’s way of working, Bazmee said how “he used to sit down to write by 9 am and then used to take a break for lunch at 1 pm. He used to start writing again around 4 pm and go on till 9 pm. One would never hear him say, ‘mood nahin ho raha hai”. Kader Khan passed away on 31st December, 2018 at the age of 81, but he has left behind a legacy of work in 300 movies.