Kader Khan: He tickled our funny bones, made us cry, even hate him

Kader Khan: A golden page adorning the Bollywood book of the 70s, 80s and 90s has fallen off.

Kader Khan, who fielded volley of rumours about his death while still alive, has finally found eternal peace.

What an actor, what an actor he was! Like a friend said, he tickled our funny bones. But he also made us cry, hate him. We can sing paeans about his comic sense, but Khan portrayed villainous hue too so powerfully.

Khan, however, didn’t get roles befitting legendary talent he possessed. To me, he counted among few who could/could have matched the actor in the Great Dilip Kumar. Late Raj Kumar did a superb job in Subhash Ghai’s version of Saudagar (1991). I also hold a view that Khan would have emulated Raj Kumar opposite the Thespian given a chance.

Unfortunately, Khan was never perceived as a lead hero-type even when he was new to the filmdom. That perception was invidious to him, more so was it to film lovers who have often been short changed with mediocre actors imposed on them as stars.

Bye bye Sir. Like you wrote in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978) ‘zinda hai wo log jo maut se takrate hai’, you will live forever in our hearts despite you attending ‘maut ke saath appaintment’ (Agneepath, 1990).
Appainment, English mein tribute deta hai, haaye!

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