Kadar Khan was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1937.His father was Abdul Rahman Khan from Kandahar while his mother was Iqbal Begum from Pishin, British India (now in Balochistan, Pakistan). Khan had three brothers Shams ur Rehman, Fazal Rehman and Habib ur Rehman. He is an ethnic Pashtun of the Kakar tribe.Khan was raised in the Kamathipura neighbourhood of Mumbai.He enrolled in a local municipal school and later in the Ismail Yusuf College after which he obtained a Master’s Diploma in Engineering (MIE) from the Institution of Engineers (India) specializing in Civil engineering. Between 1970 and 1975, he taught at M. H. Saboo Siddik College of Engineering in Byculla as a professor of civil engineering.While performing in a play named Taash Ke Patey, he was noted by comedian Agha who then suggested actor Dilip Kumar to see the play. Dilip Kumar was impressed and signed him up for his next film Sagina and Bairaag. During an interview to Rediff, Khan recalled this as the incident that started his film career.He used to write plays for theatres and was subsequently offered to write the script of Jawani Diwani which started his career as a script writer.
As an actor, he appeared in over 300 films(and wrote dialogues for 200 films) after his debut film in the 1973 film Daag, starring Rajesh Khanna, in which he acted as a prosecuting attorney. Manmohan Desai paid him a handsome amount of one lakh twenty-one thousand for writing dialogues for the film Roti (1974).Roti went on to become a super-hit, and Kader Khan became an important part of the Manmohan Desai stable.He was most popularly recognized for working with actors Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, Feroz Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Govinda and in films directed by Tatineni Rama Rao, K. Raghavendra Rao, K. Bapaiah, Narayana Rao Dasari, David Dhawan. He has worked side-by-side with other comedians like Asrani, Shakti Kapoor and Johnny Lever.He has co-starred with Amrish Puri, Prem Chopra and Anupam Kher in many films. He has played a large variety of parts in different genre of films like comedy, action, romance, family, social and political.Khan’s star rose quickly in the mid-1970s, and he became one of the few who straddled the rival camps of Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra.His best written film is Mehra’s Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978).
Some of Amitabh Bachchan’s career best hit films with popular dialogues and script were written by Khan. Some notable examples of these movies are Naseeb, Agneepath, Sharaabi, Lawaaris and Muqaddar Ka Sikander. For film Agneepath for Bachchan had received the National Film Awards.
Khan lived in Mumbai, until moving to Toronto due to health reasons.He had three sons: Sarfaraz Khan, Shahnawaz Khan, and a third son Quddus in Canada. His son Sarfaraz Khan has also acted in several films. He was related to the family of Zarine Khan, who also works in the film industry as an actress and model. It was reported that Khan took the citizenship of Canada.Khan was an Indian Muslim.Khan had been suffering from supranuclear palsy, a degenerative disease.He was hospitalized on 28 December 2018 complaining of “breathlessness” in Canada, where he stayed with his son and daughter-in-law while seeking treatment.On 31 December 2018 (EST), Khan’s son, Sarfaraz Khan, confirmed that Kader Khan had died.
The necessity to make language easy to listen to and easy to appreciate was a mission for Kader Khan. In the early 2000s, he sought to set up a language academy and designed a curriculum for learning in Urdu, Hindi and Arabic. His career in films was the settling ground for this endeavour. Kader Khan’s ability to write a balanced Hindustani (not tipping in the direction of either Hindi or Urdu) made his characters easily approachable and memorable.
I would like to pay homage to late Mr. Kadar Khan with following few lines , before I stop my pen,
“ज़िन्दगी तो बेवफा है एक दिन ठुकरायेगी
मौत महबूबा है अपने साथ लेकर जायेगी
मर के जीने की अदा जो दुनिया को सिखलायेगा”