It has been almost a month now since legendary actor and writer Kader Khan passed away. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government has decided to confer late Kader Khan with Padma Shri award for his contribution to the art of cinema. Apart from Kader Khan, artistes like Mohanlal, Manoj Bajpayee, Shankar Mahadevan, ace choreographer and director Prabhudheva have been conferred with Padma Awards.
Unfortunately, Kader Khan is not with us to accept the award. However, Kader Khan’s son Sarfaraz Khan has said that he will accept the honours bestowed by the Government of India graciously.
In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, Sarfaraz Khan said, “It’s my father’s hard work, I will accept it. It would have been good with him accepting it, but I just want to get it for my father. If God is happy with a person, he still gives respect after the person has left,” he added.
It is to be noted that in an interview dated 2016, Kader Khan was seen speaking about not being recognized for his work in cinema.
Kader Khan passed away on January 1 after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Canada. He was 81. Born in Kabul, Kader Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s ‘Daag’ and has featured in over 300 films. He has also written dialogues for over 250 movies. Before becoming an actor, he had written dialogues for Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan’s ‘Jawani Diwani’.
Kader Khan is best known for his work in ‘Mard’, ‘Hum Hain Kamaal Ke’, ‘Coolie No. 1’, ‘Dulhe Raja’, ‘Baap Numbari Beta Dus Numbari’, ‘Hum’, ‘Coolie’, ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikander’ and ‘Angaar’ among others.
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