Veteran Bollywood actor and screen writer Kader Khan, who died on New Year's Eve, will be buried Wednesday at a cemetery in Canada, his son Sarfaraz said. Kader Khan died after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Toronto, Canada. He was 81. "The last rites will be performed here in Canada as we have our entire family here. He (Khan) is going to be buried at approximately 2:30 pm as per Canadian time at Meadowvale cemetery," Sarfaraz told PTI.
Kader Khan was reportedly suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy, a degenerative disease that causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking and dementia. Born in Kabul, the actor’s family migrated to Mumbai when he was a year old.
Kader Khan went on to write dialogues for over 250 films, including some of the biggest blockbusters of the '70s and '80s such as "Dharam Veer", "Ganga Jamuna Saraswati", "Coolie", "Desh Premee", "Suhaag", "Parvarish", "Amar Akbar Anthony", "Sharaabi", "Lawaaris" and "Muqaddar Ka Sikandar".
He was equally prolific as an actor after making his screen debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s "Daag". He featured in a variety of character roles in over 300 films. Kader Khan’s death has left the entire Bollywood industry in a state of shock and, several celebrities have offered prayers and condolences to the iconic actor on social media.
According to Kader Khan's son, he had undergone a knee surgery. The surgery was successful, but the actor wasn't able to walk properly. He showed the symptoms of pneumonia and wasn't able to talk. "The surgery did not go wrong. It was just that my father refused to get up after the surgery. We were told that he has to make an effort and try to start walking from the next day. He just didn't do that and..." said Sarfaraz.
(With PTI inputs)