Legendary actor Kader Khan died earlier this week in Toronto aged 81. Several Bollywood artists including Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, David Dhawan and Ajay Devgn took to social media to express their sadness on his demise. Also, condoling his death was actor Govinda, with whom Khan acted in several hit films such as Aankhen, Raja Babu, Coolie No 1, Auntie No 1, Haseena Maan Jayegi, Hero No 1, Raja Babu and Sajan Chale Sasural. Khan’s son Sarfaraz has lashed out at Govinda for his perceived hypocrisy while paying tributes to Khan.
This was after Govinda took to Instagram to say that Kader Kahn was like ‘father digure’ to him. He wrote, “RIP Kader Khan Saab. He was not just my “ustaad” but a father figure to me, his midas touch and his aura made every actor he worked with a superstar. The entire film industry and my family deeply mourns this loss and we cannot express the sorrow in words. I pray to God that may his soul rest in peace.”
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RIP Kader Khan Saab. . He was not just my "ustaad" but a father figure to me, his midas touch and his aura made every actor he worked with a superstar. The entire film industry and my family deeply mourns this loss and we cannot express the sorrow in words. I pray to God that may his soul rest in peace. . . #ripkaderkhansaab
His comments did not go down well with the late actor’s son, who accused him of hypocrisy. Sarfaraz was quoted by news agency IANS as saying, “”Please ask Govinda how many times he inquired about his ‘father figure’s’ health. Has he even bothered to call us even once after my father’s passing away? This is the way our film industry has become. There are no real feelings for those who have contributed to Indian cinema when they’re no longer active.”
Khan was buried in Toronto this week. Sarfaraz said that the family was still mourning his death and he will make sure that the his father was not forgotten by the film industry.
Soon after his death, an old video of Kader Khan had surfaced, where he was seen sharing an experience about losing films after he refused to address Amitabh Bachchan as ‘sir ji.’However, Sarfaraz said that one person he fondly remembered during his last hours was Bachchan.
Khan had written dialogues for several hit films starring Bachchan such as Muqaddar Ka Sikander, Amar Akbar Anthony, Sharabi, Lawaris, Satte Pe Satta, Naseeb.
Two filmmakers Kader Khan actively collaborated were Manmohan Desaid and Prakash Mehra. Some of the notable films he worked with these two filmmakers were Dharam Veer, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, Coolie, Suhaag, Desh Premee, Amar Akbar Anthony, Parvarish, Jwalamukhi, Sharaabi, Lawaaris and Muqadaar Ka Sikandar.
He is survived by wife Hajra, son Sarfaraz, daughter-in-law Shaista and grandchildren, who are now settled in Canada.