India’s veteran actor Kader Khan dies at 81

NEW DELHI (Xinhua) – India’s veteran and versatile actor Kader Khan passed away in Canada, his family members said yesterday.

The actor died at the age of 81 after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Toronto last Monday.

His son Sarfaraz told India’s semi-official news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) that Khan passed away last Monday.

“He slipped into coma in the afternoon. He was in the hospital for 16-17 weeks,” Sarfaraz was quoted as saying.

Khan’s funeral would be performed in Canada.

Born in 1937 in Afghanistan’s Kabul, Khan made his debut in 1973 in Bollywood Hindi film Daag.

He acted in more than 300 films mainly in mainstream Bollywood films. He also wrote dialogues for over 250 movies.

The actor’s performance has been widely acknowledged.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the death of Khan and recalled his long career in theatre and films.

“Kader Khan Ji brightened the screen with his stupendous acting skills and lightened it thanks to his unique sense of humour. He was also a prolific screenwriter, associated with many memorable films. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers,” Modi said in a statement.