Kader Khan’s son Sarfaraz lashes out at Govinda


Well-known actor Kader Khan who delivered so many blockbuster movies left for the heavenly abode on 31st December. His last days were painful as he confined to the wheel-chair and hardly got any friends from the film industry to share his happiness or grief. His only support was his family.

After his demise many Bollywood celebrities expressed condolence and shared their experience of working with the versatile actor.

Kader Khan’s son Sarfaraz commented on her ruthless of the film industry, "It is the way the Indian film industry has become now. There are too many fragmented camps and loyalties. The out-of-sight-out-of-mind mentality can't be helped. My father always told us, his sons, not to expect anything from anybody and we grew up with the belief that one must do what is required in life and expect nothing in return."

He further said that his father missed Amitabh Bachchan the most after he left the industry.

"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," said the doting son emotionally.

Shakti Kapoor, director David Dhawan and Govinda with whom Kader Khan worked very closely during the 1980s and 1990s expressed their grief over his demise. In his tribute message on Instagram after Khan's death, Govinda called him his 'ustaad' and father figure.

Sarfaraz laughed mirthlessly in reaction, saying, "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 There are no real feelings for those who have contributed to Indian cinema when they're no longer active.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. Luckily, my father had three sons to look after him. What about those who die with no financial and emotional support?"

"There was a smile on my father's face when he passed away," Sarfaraz continued. "I cherish that smile more than anything else in the world. My father's final years were very painful for him. He suffered from a degenerative disease that left him completely without the will to do anything. He got the best possible medical care here in Toronto."

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."

Kader Khan died at the age of 81 on December 31. He was buried at a Canadian cemetery. At the prayer meet, Sarfaraz thanked his father’s fans and told them that seeing so many people pay respect to his father has given him a lot of courage. “My father loved you all so much that he never differentiated between us three brothers and all of you,” he said. “He used to tell us that if any one of us refused to care for him, one of you will care for him,” he added.