Born in 22nd October, 1934, Kader Khan has established himself as one of the most prolific actors in the Hindi film industry in recent times. Other than acting, he has also donned the hats of a script-writer, dialogue writer, producer and director. Kader Khan was born of Pathan parents and is originally from Pishin, now in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan. He has acted in over 300 films in the Hindi & Urdu languages, and has written dialogue for over 1,000 Indian films, from the 1970s up to the turn of the 21st century.
The earliest written record of Kader Khan’s first foray into films was in the film Yash Chopra's Daag (1973).
Once launched into his writing career, in his early years he wrote dialogues for Khel Khel Mein (1975), Parwarish (1977) and Dharam Veer (1977). Success came to him when he wrote the dialogues for Manmonhan Desai’s blockbuster potboiler Amar Akbar Anthony (1977). Kader Khan went on to write for many of Amitabh Bachchan’s hits of the late 70s and 80s. He also started acted in cameos in several films- notable amongst them being Parvarish (1977), Muqaddar ka Sikandar (1978), Suhaag (1979). But he formed a formidable acting talent when he paired up with Govinda in the early 90s for the David Dhawan films. He wrote dialogues for many of Amitabh Bachchan’s films like Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Muqaddar ka Sikandar (1978), Naseeb (1981), Laawaris ( 1981), Satte pe Satta (1982), Desh Premee (1982) and Sharaabi (1984) amongst others.
Kader Khan most popularly recognized for working with comedian actor Govinda in comic capers by director David Dhawan. He has also worked alongside with other comedic legends like Shakti Kapoor and Asrani in over 100 films. He played a large variety of parts in films like a supporting role of a father, uncle, brother, relative, the main villain or the side villain, guest actor and comedian.
Some of the major films for which Kader Khan wrote dialogues were Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Muqaddar ka Sikandar (1978), Shalimaar (1978), Naseeb (1981), Laawaris (1981), Satte pe Satta (1982), Desh Premee (1982), Himmatwala (1983), Justice Chaudhury ( 1983), Sharaabi (1984), Ganga Jamuna Saraswati (1988), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), Kishen Kanhaiya (1990), Agneepath (1990), Main Khiladi Tu Anadi ( 1994) and Coolie No 1 (1995) amongst others. His notable acting roles include Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), Baap Numberi Beta Dus Numberi (1990) Kishen Kanhaiya (1990), Hum (1991), Umar Pachpan Ki Dil Bachpan Ka, (1992)- which he also directed, Bol Rdha Bol(1992), Raja Babu( 1994), Main Khiladi Tu Anadi (1994), Coolie No 1 (1995), Taqdeerwala (1996), Hero No. 1 (1997), Dulhe Raja (1998), Haseena Maan Jayegi (1999), Dulhan Hum Le Jaayenge (2000), Family (2000).
Kader Khan won the Filmfare for Best Comedian for Baap Numberi Beta Dus Numberi (1990). He won the Screen Weekly awards for Performance in a Comic Role for his role in the film Taqdeerwala (1996). In 2001, he was nominated for his performance in Dulhan Hum Le Jaayenge (2000) in the Awards of the International Indian Film Academy. Recently Khan was recognized by the AFMI (American Federation of Muslims from India) for his achievement and service to the Muslim community in India.
Kader Khan has cut down his work hugely as in May 2007, he had an accident and was diagnosed to be in critical condition. Some of his reported films which are under production are Mr Tikdambaaz, Hum Hain Dhamaal Ke, Main Hoon Khalnayak and Desh Drohi.