When Kader Khan lost films for not addressing Bachchan “Sir ji”

MUMBAI: An old video that has resurfaced online that shows veteran Bollywood actor-writer Kader Khan talking about how his and Amitabh Bachchan’s decades-old legendary friendship soured.

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In the short video clip posted in 2012, the actor of immense talent says, “I used to always call him Amit. Once a producer from the south came and asked, ‘Have you met the Sir ji?’ I asked, ‘Which sir ji?’ He said, pointing at Amit ji, ‘that tall man.’ Amit ji was coming. I said, ‘He’s Amit. When did he become sir ji?’ (He said) ‘We call him sir ji.’ Since then everyone started addressing him as sir ji.”

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“How can anyone call their friend, their brother from any other name? It is impossible. I couldn’t do it and since then our equation was never the same. I was not in Khuda Gawah. I was writing Ganga Jamunaa Saraswati but then left it midway. There were several other films that I had begun work on but quit.”

Watch the video here:


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According to journalist and author Yasser Usman, after Salim-Javed, it was Kader Khan, who was behind Bachchan’s biggest hits and most popular dialogues/ roles like ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikander, Amar Akbar Anthony, Sharabi, Lawaris, Satte Pe Satta, Naseeb.’

After the cinema thespian’s death on December 31 after a prolonged illness, Bachchan was among the first celebs to offer condolences on social media. “Kadar Khan passes away .. sad depressing news .. my prayers and condolences .. a brilliant stage artist a most compassionate and accomplished talent on film .. a writer of eminence ; in most of my very successful films .. a delightful company .. and a mathematician !! (sic),” he tweeted on Tuesday.

Khan, also a Quran scholar is survived by his wife Hajra, son Sarfaraz, daughter-in-law Shaista and grandchildren.

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