Kader Khan: A detailed profile of Bollywood's veteran khan

Kader Khan was born in Kabul, Afghanistan from an ethnic Pashtun family. He was enrolled in a local municipal school and later in the Ismail Yusuf College in which he obtained his Master’s Degree in Engineering, and from Institution of Engineers (India) specializing in Civil Engineering.


 Kader Khan


 172 centimeters (5”7 1/2)

Date of Birth

 11th December 1937

Place of Birth

 Kabul, Afghanistan



Marital Status

 Married (Raza Khan)


 Safaraz Khan (32 years), Shahnawaz Khan

Acting Debut

 Daag (1973)

Between 1970-1975, he became a professor in civil engineering at M.H. Saboo College of Engineering in Byculla. While performing at a play in the function, he was later approached by actor Dilip Kumar, who signed him up for his next film.

He used to write plays for theatres and was offered to write a script for the film, Jawani Diwani.

Kader Khan had acted over 300 films in both Hindi and Urdu languages respectively. He had also written dialogues for over 250 Indian films, from the 1970’s till the dawn of the 21st Century.

Khan was impressive in his script writing for the 1974 film, “Roti”. He has also worked with several actors of his time as an actor as well as a scriptwriter in his days, which includes Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, Feroz Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Govinda. He has worked with several comedians in many of his films such as Asrani, Johnny Lever and Shakti Kapoor, and teamed up with his fellow co-stars of the same such as Anupam Kher and Prem Chopra.

As a screenwriter, Kader Khan had collaborated with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra. He has worked in some of his films with Desai such as Muqaddar ka Sikander, Dharam Veer, Suhaag, Amar Akbar Anthony, Parvarish and Desh Premi.

As an actor, Khan was notably known for his portrayal in characters such as Shamu in Amitabh Bachchan starrer “Kaalia”, Narayandas Gopaldas in “Himmatwala”, Jagannath Prasad in “Loha”, Sharma Ji in 1997 hit film “Judwaa”, Major Ranjit Singh in “Sooryavanshyam” and Mr O.B. Duggal in “Mujhse Shaadi Karogi”.

Khan had achieved many awards during his time in the film industry including the Filmfare Best Comedian Award he won for his film “Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri” in 1991 and Filmfare Best Dialogue for the film “Angaar” in 1993.

In his other works, Khan was recognized by the American Federation of Muslims in India, for his achievement and service to the Muslim community of the nation.


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