After the confirmation of Kader Khan’s death one of his last interview, termed as his last interview started circulating on Social media in which he claimed that he never received a Padma award in his life. It was perhaps his last interview as he promoted his film Dimag Ka Dahi and the actor was not in good health.
Bollywood Veteran actor Kader Khan passed away on Tuesday (Jan 1) morning in Canada. He was 81. Kader Khan’s son Sarfaraz Khan confirmed the news to local media. He said, “Yes, my dad has left us this morning. He was unwell from last few months and in the hospital from last few days. We tried everything we could, but it was time. He was a very loving man and he loved everyone who was a part of his life.”
During the interview, Khan had acknowledged his fans and Bollywood colleagues who had proposed his name for a Padma Shri award a year ago. “If the government feels that I have done good work, it will honour me. It’s people’s love that they are demanding it for me,” Khan had said then.
“It’s good that I did not get one”. The ever-versatile actor also hinted that “flattering” the movers and shakers could be one of the reasons behind his colleagues getting the honour. On being told the names of the industry colleagues who had won Padma awards, he had said, “… it’s good that they did not give me a Padma Shri. I have neither flattered anyone in my life, nor will I ever. I don’t want these awards if they have been given to people (in the industry) who got it this time.”
“An award is a no big thing, but its importance lies in the people it has been conferred upon. Earlier, there was a certain honesty in these awards but it’s not the same case now. People have now forgotten to respect others and have become way too selfish. I would think that I was not as capable as those who were chosen for the Padma awards this year. I, however, thank all those who proposed my name for it,” he added. “I would like to urge all the actors to return from the politics. ‘Laut aao, politics tumhari manzil nahi hai’ (Come back, politics is not your destination). It is only breaking you.”
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17 November, 2019