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Multi-faceted Kader Khan leaves behind a vast oeuvre of work, fond memories – Obituary



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Mumbai, Jan 1 : An actor-writer-comedian and Quranic scholar, the multi-talented Kader Khan, who died early on Tuesday (IST) in Toronto aged 81, has left behind a vast oeuvre of work from a career spanning over four decades and will be remembered as much for his contribution to Hindu filmdom as for deciphering Islam for the laity across the religious spectrum.

The sad news of Kader Khan’s passing shocked the Bollywood fraternity on New Year’s Day, when it broke early on Tuesday morning.

He had spent nearly four months in hospital, for various old-age related ailments, including breathing issues, and finally succumbed on December 31 evening (Toronto time).

Born on October 22, 1937 in Kabul to a Pashtun family, Kader Khan (KK) migrated to Mumbai in 1952 and was educated in a local municipal school and later graduated from Mumbai’s Ismail Yusuf College, Jogeshwari, a government-run institution.

He followed up with a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the M. S. Saboo Siddique Institute in Mumbai and later became a professor there for around seven years.

According to a close family friend Javed Jamaluddin, the family initially lived in te notorious Arab Gully in south Mumbai, before shifting to the suburbs and Kader Khan, who loved to read and write, continuing his higher education there.

It was during his college days that he developed a passion for theatre, acting and penning stories and dialogues. He penned a drama, “Local Train” which bagged the first prize at the National Jagruti Drama Competition in the early 1970s, Jamaluddin said.

It was Narendra Singh Bedi, son of the legendary Rajinder Singh Bedi who gave Kader Khan the first break for writing the superhit musical “Jawani Diwani” (1972) starring Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bhaduri, and since then he never looked back.

Bollywood thespian, Dilip Kumar, who happened to watch one of his plays during a college day function, offered Kader Khan a role and an assignment for writing dislogues.

But he was already busy with scripting the Rajesh Khanna starrer “Roti” (1974), so later, he wrote the film ‘Bairaag” (1976), a mega-hit musical featuring Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Banu in the lead roles, with Kader Khan in a character role.

An avid reader and a film-buff, he had a huge collection of books on various subjects related to film-making, acting, screenplay-writing, penning stories-dialogues and other departments from all over the world, besides being a Quranic Scholar with a mastery over Arabic and Urdu.

It was Kader Khan who inspired his friend, A. Krishnamurthi, head of Tina Films International (TFI) to venture into its first Bollywood venture, “Ghar Ek Mandir” (1984), a hit with a multi-star cast, and even insisted on writing the dialogues for it.

“After he saw the story, he wanted to play the role of Seth Dharamdas, which was originally assigned to Amjad Khan. He dedicated a lot of time and his dialogues became ‘the pearls in the necklace’ in that film, and later in many of our other films. I knew him since his early days in the film industry and he was truly a good human being, a great actor and an acclaimed writer” Krishnamurthi told IANS.

During the shooting of one TFI film, “Aag” (1994), in which Sonali Bendre debuted as an actress, Kader Khan inspired the co-female lead, Shilpa Shetty, to learn Urdu to improve her diction and dialogue delivery and even taught her bits of it during takes, producer K. Ramji said.

Starting with his first film as an actor in the late Yash Chopra’s directorial debut, the super-hit musical “Daag” (1973), over the next 40 years he went on to act in over 300 films in memorable roles, and also wrote the story or dialogues for more than 250 films in Hindi and Urdu, starting with “Roti” (1974).

With his rich experience on stage, Kader Khan effortlessly managed to enact all types of negative-positive character roles, besides as a villain, comedian, and double-roles, though competing with some of the biggest names of his era.

He worked with top actors of the day like Rajesh Khanna, Feroze Khan, Jeetendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Randhir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Govinda, Salman Khan and with the leading directors like T. Rama Rao, Yash Chopra, A. Krishnamurthi, K. Raghavendra Rao, K. Bapaiah, Dasari Narayan Rao and David Dhavan, among many others.

Some of his most memorable films as a comedian-character actor are: “Daag”, “Adalat”, “Bairaag”, “Parvarish”, “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, “Shalimar”, “Mr. Natwarlal”, “Suhaag”, “Dhan Daulat”, “Qurbani”, “Jwalamukhi”, “Abdullah”, “Naseeb”, “Yaarana”, “Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai”, “Satte Pe Satta”, “Desh Premee”, “Sanam Teri Kasam”, “Mehndi Rang Layegi”, “Himmatwala”, “Coolie”, “Ghar Ek Mandir”, “John Jaani Janardhan”, “Tawaif”, “Loha”, “Jawab Hum Denge”, “Shahenshah”, “Pyar Ka Mandir”, “Khoon Bhari Maang”, “Baap Numbri, Beta Dus Numbri”, “Saajan”, “Bol Radha Bol”, “Meherbaan”, “Aankhen”, “Eena Meena Deeka”, “Coolie No.1”, “Saajan Chale Sasural”, “Judaai”, “Dulhe Raja,” “Aunty No.1” and “Sooryavansham”.

He penned the story-dialogues for top-grossing and acclaimed films like: “Jawani Diwani”, “Benaam”, “Roti”, “Amar Akbar Anthony”, “Parvarish”, “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar”, “Suhaag”, “Mr. Natwarlal, “Yaarana”, “Lawaaris”, “Desh Premee”, “Khuddar”, “Coolie”, “Sharaabi”, “Ganga Jamna Saraswati”, “Singhasan”, “Khoon Bhari Maang” and “Aunty No. 1”. He also produced a film, “Shama” in 1981.

(Quaid Najmi can be contacted at [email protected])


Patralekhaa opens up about her love story with Rajkummar Rao



Patralekhaa Rajkummar Rao

Mumbai, Jan 24: “CityLights” actress Patralekhaa doesn’t know about her future with her boyfriend and actor Rajkummar Rao, but says being together is enough for them.

“I saw him for the first time on-screen when I watched LSD (‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’). I thought that the weird guy he played in the film was actually what he was like. My perception of him was already tarnished. He told me later, that he had first seen me in an ad and thought, ‘I’m going to marry her’. It was so ironic,” Patralekhaa said while looking back at the time when she met him for the first time.

“And once we started working together, it was magic. The kind of passion he had was powerful. He would bring everyone along with him like a tornado. He made sure that not only him, but everyone did their best, and I couldn’t respect him any more than I did then,” she added.

Patralekhaa opened up about her love story through a Facebook post on Humans of Bombay — through their alliance with the makers of “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga”.

A Fox Star Hindi project, the film will highlight the complexities of being a homosexual in India. It stars Sonam K Ahuja, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla, Abhishek Duhan, Seema Pahwa and Brijendra Kala. Directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar, it is co-produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Fox Star Studios. It will release on February 1 next year.

Patralekhaa says they connected when they started talking about “work, our love for cinema, our passion”.

“I saw him through his struggles, never giving up. How could we not fall for each other? We wouldn’t officially go on dates, but we would go for long drives, movies, or even sit at home and eat our hearts out. We would even accompany each other for auditions — silently seeping in support. It’s all we needed – that understanding,” said the actress.

She continued: “He would often go out of his way for me. Once, he was running late to see me, so he stopped the cab near the airport and ran all the way to Juhu! Not only that, but when we were earning very little, he surprised me with my favourite bag, which was ridiculously expensive!

“Years later, when we were in London, someone stole it! I remember calling him, sobbing, while he tried to calm me down. For me, the bag was all about the memories – he had bought it for me when he didn’t have much. That meant so much to me! Later, at our hotel, the exact same bag was waiting for me. These little things make me realise how lucky I am to have him.”

The best part, Patralekhaa says, is that Rajkummar makes her feel special.

“Isn’t that what a relationship needs? For two people to remind each other how grateful they are? He told me once that after I met his mom, she told him, ‘I have a feeling she’s the last one I’m meeting’. And she was right — we’ve been together for 8 years now.”

She says they are “equal”.

“I can tell you this, when you find someone you are grateful for — through the fights, the hurdles and the chaos, you should never forget to let them know you love them. And it doesn’t have to be with expensive gifts and dates — it can simply be with the way you hold them while they need it and when they don’t. For us, we don’t know what the future holds, but this, being together, is enough.”


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Kangana was born to play Rani Laxmibai: Manoj Kumar



Manoj Kumar

Veteran actor-filmmaker Manoj Kumar has praised actress Kanagna Ranaut after watching her forthcoming film ‘Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi’ by saying that she was born to play the character of Rani Laxmbai onscreen.

Kangana Ranaut starrer ‘Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi’ is a patriotic film based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. ‘Manikarnika…’ features Kangana Ranaut, Atul Kulkarni and Ankita Lokhande in pivotal roles.

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Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon starrer ‘Luka Chuppi’ trailer out



Luka Chuppi trailer

Mumbai, Jan 24: The much-awaited trailer of Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanonstarrer ‘Luka Chuppi’ was finally released on Thursday.

The film revolves around live-in relationship drama between Kriti and Kartik and the trailer describes its premises in the best possible way.

While Kartik is a star reporter of a local TV channel, Kriti is a Mathura-based girl who returned to her hometown after studying in Delhi.

The trailer shows Kartik proposing to Kriti for marriage but she, instead, proposes to try out live-in relationship before taking the big step. Things go for a toss when Kartik’s parents come to live with the couple.

Watch the much entertaining trailer here!

Both the actors are working with each other for the first time.

The film is directed by Laxman Utekar and being produced by Dinesh Vijan of Maddock Films. It also stars Vinay Pathak, Pankaj Tripathi and Aparshakti Khurana.

Luka Chuppi is slated to hit the screens on March 1.


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