Kader Khan was an actor, comedian, director, and a script and dialogue writer. He has featured in over 300 Hindi and Urdu films. Khan is widely known for his roles in movies, ‘Naseeb,’ ‘Taqdeerwala,’ and ‘Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri.’ Let’s find out some interesting facts about Kader Khan.
Kader Khan was born on 22 October 1937 (age 81 years; as in 2018) in Kabul, Afghanistan. When Kader was a year old, his family migrated to Mumbai as they had a superstitious belief that the place where they stayed was curseful and had brought misfortunes in their lives. Unfortunately, shifting to Mumbai brought no fortunes instead worsened the conditions of his family. He enrolled in a local municipal school, but often missed his classes as he had no shoes. He spent his days in the nearby graveyard imitating people. There was nothing to cherish about his childhood and even his hopes died when his parents got separated. His decision to move with his mother proved to be wrong as his step-father ill-treated him. Later, he completed his graduation from Ismail Yusuf College, Mumbai University and obtained a Master’s Diploma in Engineering (MIE) with a specialization in civil engineering from the Institution of Engineers (India). In 1970, Khan joined M.H. Saboo Siddik College of Engineering in Byculla as a Mathematics teacher. Alongside teaching, he used to take part in the college plays. As a theatre artist, he received ₹350 per play. While Kader was performing in a play at the Annual Day function of the college, actor Dilip Kumar noticed him and signed him up for his next films Bairaag and Sagina Mahato.
Height: 5’ 8”
Weight: 90 kg
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Family, Caste & Wife
Kader Khan belongs to the Kakar tribe of the Pashtun Community and follows Islam. He was the son of Abdul Rehman Khan and Iqbal Begum. Kader had three brothers namely, Shams ur Rehman, Fazal Rehman, and Habib ur Rehman. Kader was a Hafiz-e-Quran (a person who has memorized Quran).
He was married to Hajra Khan. The couple has three sons.
His eldest son Abdul Quddus Khan is settled in Canada and works as a security officer at the airport. His son Sarfaraz Khan is an actor, and has worked in films like ‘Tere Naam’ and ‘Wanted.’ Kader’s younger son Shahnawaz Khan has been an assistant director for movies like ‘Humko Tumse Pyaar Hain,’ ‘Vaada,’ and ‘Milenge Milenge.’ He has shared the screen with his father in the comedy film, ‘Nawabi Sharabi.’
Kader has a grandson, Hamzaa Khan (Sarfaraz’s son).
In 1973, Kader marked his debut in the Bollywood with the film, ‘Daag’ where he played the role of a prosecuting attorney. He was recognized for playing supporting roles in the films starring Amitabh Bachchan, Feroz Khan, Anil Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, and Govinda.
Kader has worked with comedians like Shakti Kapoor and Johnny Lever. In 1974, he was paid one lakh twenty-one thousand for writing the dialogues for the film, ‘Roti.‘ He also starred in the comedy series “Hasna Mat” which aired on Star Plus.
Apart from acting, his writing career also blossomed when he co-wrote a romantic comedy film ‘Jawani Diwani.’ He received ₹1,500 for the film. Thereafter, he wrote dialogues for several successful films including ‘Coolie No.1,’ ‘Himmatwala,’ ‘Kanoon Apna Apna,’ ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari,’ ‘Khoon Bhari Maang,’ ‘Karma Sultanat,’ ‘Sarfarosh,’ and ‘Dharam Veer.’ He has written many memorable dialogues for Amitabh Bachchan in films like ‘Mr. Natwarlal,’ ‘Do Aur Do Paanch,’ ‘Hum,’ ‘Satte Pe Satta,’ and ‘Agneepath.’ He also wrote the screenplays for Agneepath and Naseeb, which were huge hits at the box office.
He has appeared in many films like ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’, ‘ Lucky: No Time for Love’, ‘Family: Ties of Blood’, and ‘Tevar’.
In January 2011, Kader made his comeback on Indian television with the comedy series “Hi! Padosi… Kaun Hai Doshi?” where he played the role of “Ram Bharose.”
On 31 December 2018, he passed away at 6 pm as per Canadian time due to prolonged illness. He was in the hospital for 3-4 months.
- Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue for film, ‘Meri Awaaz Suno’ (1982)
- Sahitya Shiromani Award (2013)
- American Federation of Muslims from India (AFMI)
- Kader’s favourite colour was Grey.
- His hobby was writing.
- His favourite actor was Amitabh Bachchan.
- His most-liked directors were Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra.
- Maxim Gorky, Anton Chekhov, Fyodr Dostoevsky, and Saadat Hasan Manto were his favourite authors.
- Kader’s favourite dialogue was “Taqdeer tere kadmon mein hogi…tu muqaddar ka baadshah hoga” from the film, “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.”
- Kader Khan has acted in over 300 films and has written dialogues for around 250 Indian films.
- His son Sarfaraz Khan is always mistaken with another actor named Sarfaraz Khan, who has featured in the movie ‘Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh’. Both the actors have exactly the same name.
- Kader Khan had Canadian citizenship.
- Kader used to be a good friend of Amitabh Bachchan. Their friendship dropped when Amitabh joined politics.