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Kader Khan
File:Kader Khan 2012.jpg
Kader Khan in 2012
Born 1935/1936 (age 83–84) [1]
Kabul, Afghanistan
Ethnicity Pashtun
Citizenship Indian, Canadian
Alma mater Ismail Yusuf College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970-present
Religion Islam[2]

Kader Khan is an Indian film actor, comedian, script and dialogue writer, as well as director. He has appeared in over 300 films after his debut in the 1973 film Daag in which he acted as a prosecuting attorney.[3] Khan graduated from Ismail Yusuf College affiliated to Bombay University. Before entering the film industry in the early 1970s, he taught at M. H. Saboo Siddik College of Engineering, Mumbai as a professor of Civil Engineering.

Early life and education

Khan was born in Kabul, Afghanistan.[4] His father was Abdul Rehman Khan from Kandahar while his mother was Iqbal Begum from Pishin, British India. Khan had three brothers Shams ur Rehman, Fazal Rehman and Habib ur Rehman who all died before he was born.[5] He is an ethnic Pashtun of the Kakar tribe.[5] He is a Haffiz-e-Quran.

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 teacher of civil engineering.

On the college's annual day function, Khan took part in a play and it was acclaimed by all present. Actor Dilip Kumar came to know about it; he called him and showed keenness in watching the play. Khan made special arrangements and acted the play for him. Kumar was so impressed that he signed him for his next two films: Sagina Mahato and Bairaag.

Khan lives in Mumbai, the home of the Hindi film industry. He also has family in the Netherlands and Canada. He has three sons: Sarfaraz Khan, Shahnawaz Khan, and a third son in Canada. His son Sarfaraz Khan has also acted in several films. He also belongs to the family of Zarine Khan, who also works in the film industry as an actress and model. It is reported that Kader Khan is also a citizen of Canada.[6]


Khan has acted in over 300[3] films in Hindi and Urdu and has written dialogues for over 250 Indian films, from the 1970s up to the turn of the 21st century.[7] Manmohan Desai paid him a handsome amount of one lakh twenty-one thousand for writing dialogues for the film Roti (1974). He is most popularly recognized for working with actor Jeetendra, Feroz Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda and in films by David Dhawan. He has worked side-by-side with other comedians like Shakti Kapoor[8] and Johnny Lever.[7] He has played a large variety of parts in films like a supporting role of a father, uncle, brother, main villain or the side villain, guest actor and comedian.

He recently appeared in Tevar (2015), Hera Pheri 3 (2015), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Lucky: No Time for Love (2006) and Family: Ties of Blood (2006). He starred in his own comedy television series titled Hasna Mat, which aired on Star Plus. He made a comeback on Indian television with a comedy series Hi! Padosi... Kaun Hai Doshi? on Sahara One.[9]

Dialogue and script writer

As a dialogue writer Kader Khan has worked with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra for their films starring Amitabh Bachchan. Besides Amitabh, he was the only one to work in the rival camps of Mehra and Desai. His films with them include Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, Sharaabi, Coolie, Desh Premee, Lawaaris, Suhaag, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Parvarish and Amar Akbar Anthony.[10]

Other Amitabh Bachchan films for which he has written dialogues are Mr. Natwarlal, Khoon Pasina, Do Aur Do Paanch, Satte Pe Satta, Inquilab, Giraftaar, Hum and Agneepath. Khan has also written screenplays for films starring Amitabh like Agneepath and Naseeb.[11]

Other successful films for which he has written dialogues include Himmatwala, Coolie No. 1, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Kanoon Apna Apna, Khoon Bhari Maang, Karma, Sultanat, Sarfarosh, Justice Choudhary and Dharam Veer.[10]


Filmfare Award Winner
Filmfare Award Nominee
  • 1984: Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Himmatwala
  • 1986: Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Aaj Ka Daur
  • 1990: Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Sikka
  • 1992: Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Hum
  • 1994: Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Aankhen
  • 1995: Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Main Khiladi Tu Anari
  • 1996: Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Coolie No. 1
  • 1997: Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Saajan Chale Sasural
  • 1999: Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Dulhe Raja

Khan was recognized by the AFMI (American Federation of Muslims from India) for his achievement and service to the Muslim community in India.


Film actor

Television actor

Film producer

  • Shama (1981)


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