Kader Khan – Actor And Writer At Par
Kader Khan was the name of high quality script with impactful dialogues and a wit that is even today unmatched. Kader Khan started his career back in 1973 as the voiceover artiste then in 1974 Khan started acting in a few films as character actor, simultaneously he started writing dialogues for films like Roti (which starred superstar of the era Rajesh Khanna), Rafoo Chakkar (1975), Khel Khel Mein (1975) and Khoon Pasina (1976). After that there was no looking back, Kader Khan wrote scripts for many A-list filmmakers of 70’s and 80’s from Manmohan Desai to Prakash Mehra and from Subhash Ghai to David Dhawan. As actor Kader Khan was initially known for his villainous roles but then he started doing more films as comedian and character actor.
Between mid-70’s to early 80’s when Kader Khan was writing impeccable dialogues for films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Mukti, Parvarish, Dharam Veer, Shalimar, Meri Awaz Suno, Satte Pe Satta, suhaad, Do Aur Do Paanch and Fifty Fifty; he was also being casted as the chief antagonist for many films where he was furious and very convincing. Kader Khan was equally blessed in writing high voltage drama as well as out and out comedy dialogues; this is one of the reasons why his body of work includes a huge range of films with diversified topics and dialogues which are still as fresh as they were 40 years ago.
As a kid, watching those films was always fun; I am sure kids from 80’s and 90’s will agree to this fact that Kader Khan made them laugh and repeat many dialogues and jokes. With is acting and made us all enjoy. In a way Kader Khan, taught younger generation how to keep comedy clean and how families can watch films together and enjoy good dialogues.
Kader Khan has written dialogues for more than 18 films of Amitabh Bachchan and they all were brilliantly written; these films include; Khoon Pasina, Amar Akbar Anthony, Parvarish, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Mr. Natwarlal, Suhaag, Do Aur Do Paanch, Naseeb Lawaaris, Yaarana, Satte Pe Satta, Desh Premee, Khuddaar, Mahaan, Coolie, Inquilaab, Sharaabi, Agneepath and Hum etc. Kader Khan also wrote dialogues for many films of Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, Mithun Chakraborty, Anil Kapoor and Govinda who were leading men of 70’s and 80’s.
Kader Khan is considered as the ‘King of Comedy’ in Bollywood. Khan did many roles where he made his audience laugh through his dialogues and acting. Khan always brought something unique and different to his characters and they all looked so different from one another. In Naseeb (1981) he played a notorious villain and then came Himmatwala (1983) where Indian cinema witnessed a hilarious comedian who not only wrote the dialogues of the film but also enacted the character of Munim-jee (Narayandan Gopaldas), who used to add names of India’s cities in every dialogue to make it sound funny. Then came Mawaali, Tohfaa and Maqsad where his wit and comedy timings were largely appreciated by cinema lovers.
While Kader Khan was doing comedic characters, he was also busy in doing some plotting and scheming roles in films like Inquilaab where he proved that as a performer he was at par in pulling of any kind of character. That was 80’s and Kader Khan was at the peak of his filmy career both in terms of writing and acting. An actor who started his career as ‘side actor’ in films like Rajesh Khanna’s Daag and Dilip Kumar’s Bairaag in late 70’s was an established and ruling writer and villain of 80’s.
With 90’s Bollywood started to change and new directors entered the film industry. Kader Khan even then was a hot cake both as the writer and actor. He played memorable roles in films like Coolie No. 1, Saajan Chale Sasuraal, Chhote Sarkaar, Hero No. 1, Deewana Mastana and Naseeb etc. with Govinda and he was loved by his audience. Simultaneously Kader Khan was working in films like Salman Khan’s Judwaa, Akshay Kumar’s Sapoot, Mithun’s Jallad and Anil Kapoor’s Gharwaali Bahar Waali.
On Kader Khan’s sad demise, we’ll recall 23 of his brilliantly written films for Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Subhash Ghai and himself along with a few in which he acted as well.
Remembering Kader Khan
Recalling Kader Khan Through His Films
- Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
For Bollywood buffs Amar Akbar Anthony is unforgettable. The film featured 3 heroes i.e. Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor. The film was filled with amazing dialogues which are even remembered today by Bollywood fanatics. Amitabh Bachchan had some amazing one-liners in the film which were written by Kader Khan. Even today if you want this movie you will be amazed with the dialogues written 40 years ago.
- Parvarish (1977)
A film that revolved around concept of upbringing and featured superstars like Ammitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna and Shammi Kapoor was also written by Kader Khan. The first half of the film was lighter and had some interesting dialogues whereas the second half was intense and emotional where Khan written impeccably amazing dialogues to suit the mood of the story.
- Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
A film which is considered as one of the best performances by Amitabh Bachchan mainly because of the dialogues, Muqaddar Ka Sikander was one film where Kader Khan wrote some clap-worthy and hard hitting dialogues. The film starred Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rekha and Raakhee in pivotal roles. Even Kader Khan played a cameo in the film as ‘old beggar’ and his dialogue is still remembered by his fans. Kader Khan wrote some splendid dialogues for the antagonist of the film i.e. Amjad Khan.
- Natwarlal (1979)
Mr. Natwarlal was a film on how a conman from a city accidentally helps the common people from a village. The script was interesting and Kader Khan inculcated how an fine script can be written keeping a contrast between a city and a village. Mr. Natwarlal features Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Amjad Khan and Ajit in significant charracters.
- Suhaag (1979)
Suhaag was a huge success when it was released in 1979, dialogues were written by Kader Khan and right from comedic dialogues to high voltage drama scenes; script was on-point and at-par. Kader Khan also played a villainous character in this film opposite Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor.
- Do Aur Do Paanch (1980)
A film which was largely loved by kids, youngsters and adults, Do Aur Do Paanch, had some excellent witty and emotional dialogues. These dialogues were written by Kader Khan who played the character of the antagonist in this film whom everyone in the film used to call ‘Uncle’ aka “Uncle Jaggi”. The way he used to say “Bhaanjay” to the protagonists (Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor) of the film was unique.
- Laawaris (1981)
Laawaris was a film which was ahead of its time. A film based on the identity of an adulterated son played by Amitabh Bachchan and the character of his father was played by Amjad Khan. Kader Khan’s dialogues were superb. Kader Khan penned some amazing lines for this film and those who remember Kader Khan can never overlook this film because of the gripping dialogues he had written.
- Satte Pe Satta (1982)
Although the film was based on the plot of Seven Wives For Seven Brothers, but the script and dialogues of the film were luminously written by Kader Khan. In fact the opening scene of the film was narrated by him and that introduction in itself was remarkable. Satte Pe Satta featured Amitabh Bachchan in double roles and the film was largely loved and appreciated by film lovers.
- Inquilaab (1984)
Inquilaab was a bold step from its makers, a film based on the political scenario of India and how corruption prevails in the system – Inquilaab was based on that. Kader Khan played the part of the Villain and he gave Amitabh Bachchan neck to neck competition in performance department as well. As far as the dialogues of the film are concerned, every dialogue was beautifully and wisely penned. It had apt amount of sarcasm, emotion and wit.
- Sharaabi (1984)
The only actor who can pull off the character of a drunkard in Bollywood is Amitabh Bachchan after Keshto Mukherjee, and in Sharaabi Amitabh had some wonderful dialogues which were written by Kader Khan. From a ‘Sharaabi’s’ perspective the script was spot on. There were many one-liners which not only were popular back then but people still use them in recent times.
- Geraftaar (1985)
Geraftaar was a masala entertainer and it featured Rajnikant and Kamal Haasan along with Amitabh Bachchan in pivotal roles. The film also had a huge range of villains including Ranjeet, Ashok Saxena, Shakti Kapoor and Kader Khan. Kader Khan played a villain who used to day “Bhagwaan Kay Fazal Se” i.e. (By the grace of god); this dialogue was loved by the masses when the film released. Rajnikant also had a pet line in the film which goes like “Cigarette peena bohat buri baat hai” i.e. (smoking is very bad habit). Geraftaar’s dialogues were largely appreciated by the audiences and offered repeat value.
- Karma (1986)
This Subhash Ghai entertainer had a huge range of superstars including Dilip Kumar, Naseeruddin Shah, Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff. Dialogues of Karma were written by Kader Khan and they were best. Kader Khan’s script always had stronger lines for the villain that’s why Anupamkher, who played the character of Dr. Dang had some amazing one liner’s in Karma i.e.
- “Maza Ayega”
- “Iss thappad ki jooj suni tumne?”
- Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri (1990)
Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri was a roller coaster it had Kader Khan and Shakti Kapoor in the titular characters as father-son. The film was based on how a father and his son con entire city of Bombay. Kader Khan also wrote the dialogues for this film and he was excellent with them. He gave outstanding dialogues to Shakti Kapoor and Jackie Shroff. The film was loved by the masses.
- Hum (1991)
Hum was released in 1991 and Amitabh Bachchan’s name in the film was ‘Tiger’, it was one of the super-hits of that time, penned by Kader Khan. Kader Khan also played double roles in this film and they were of extreme mannerism (one as army officer and the other as a stage actor). Kader Khan’s dialogues in Hum were outstanding once again. There were Rajnikant, Govinda, Danny Denzongpa and Anupamkher in pivotal roles.
- Coolie No. 1 (1995)
David Dhawan’s Coolie No.1 gave Govinda a new avatar and this film was backed by Kader Khan’s notorious and hilarious dialogues. Those who are fans of out masala entertainers cannot forget this mega entertainer from 90’s. Kader Khan also played a significant character in the film and he was massively loved by is fans.
- Saajan Chalay Susraal (1996)
Again Kader Khan collaborated with David Dhawan and Govinda, and the outcome was a mega blockbuster which had more than many dialogues with repeat value which offered wit and naughtiness. Every dialogue from Saajan Chale Susraal was hilarious and smartly written by Kader Khan.
Kader Khan kept working in films quite actively till 2007, although he appeared in many films after than until 2017. His memorable films from 2000’s include Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Family, Badhaai Ho Badhaai and Waah! Tera Kiya Kehna etc.
Kader Khan’s on screen pairing was loved with Shakti Kapoor, Asrani, Amjad Khan, Aruna Irani, Govinda and Amitabh Bachchan. He was an actor and writer for every generation and for every age. Kader Khan also performed on many stage shows which used to take place in Dubai back in 80’s and 90’s and he co-hosted the shows with Pakistan’s two of the most brilliant comedians and presenters i.e. Moin Akhtar and Umar Shareef.
Kader Khan has a huge fan following in UK, Canada, USA, India and Pakistan; in fact every place in the world where Hindi and Urdu are spoken and understood. He died at the age of 81 on 31st December 2018 leaving his fans sad.