Veteran Bollywood actor Kader Khan passed away at 81 leaving all his fans and Bollywood celebs in shock. The actor has not given brilliant roles as an actor but was a terrific screenwriter as well. As many celebs mourn the death of the legendary actor, Govinda also shared a picture with Kader Khan calling him his ‘father-figure’. But looks like Kader Khan’s son Sarfaraz doesn’t quite relate to the sentiment and asks him ‘how many times he inquired about his father figure's health.’
Talking about Govinda’s statement, Sarfaraz laughed mirthlessly, and told IANS, "Please ask Govinda how many times he inquired about his father figure's health. Has he even bothered to call us even once after my father's passing away? This is the way our film industry has become. There are no real feelings for those who have contributed to Indian cinema when they're no longer active. The top guns may be seen getting clicked with these retired veterans. But the affection goes only as far as photographs. No more. Look at the condition in which Lalita Pawarji and Mohan Chotiji died.”
Govinda has gone on record and said, “He was not just my "ustaad" but a father figure to me, his midas touch and his aura made every actor he worked with a superstar. The entire film industry and my family deeply mourns this loss and we cannot express the sorrow in words. I pray to God that may his soul rest in peace.”
Sarfaraz also revealed that among all his contemporaries, Kader Khan fondly remembers only one actor- Amitabh Bachchan. Sarfaraz said, "There are so many people in the film industry whom my father was close to. But the one person that my father loved the most was Bachchan saab (Amitabh Bachchan). I'd ask my father whom he missed the most from the film industry and the answer promptly would be Bachchan Saab. And I know the love was mutual. I want Bachchan saab to know that my father spoke about him till the end."
Kader Khan's three sons live close to one another in Toronto. Sarfaraz says the family intends to carry his legacy forward.
"My father has contributed so much to Hindi cinema. We intend to honour his memory in a substantial and relevant way. At the moment we're all mourning his going. But I can assure his fans all over the world that we won't let the film industry forget him."
(With IANS inputs)