Best remembered for his comic capers, Kader Khan had all but vanished from B-town, only to immerse himself into a life of theatre and academics. We had reported about his ambitious project of creating an entire syllabus from nursery to post graduation in Islamic studies among other things.
He has written the first play, a satire titled Hamare Bhi Meharban Kaise Kaise, to be directed by his elder son Sarfaraz which also has his younger son Shahnawaz acting in it. Said Kader Khan, “I started with theatre but people dragged me into films. I was busy with films for decades but at some point, I realised I wasn’t getting good offers and was wasting my time so I decided to get back to my roots.”
The actor-writer-director continued, “I lost all my friends like Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra one by one. A few are still there but the industry is like a moving train and if you get down once, you are out of the touch with many. I still get offers and I am open to work if I get good scripts and roles.”
Meanwhile, in the eight years that he has been away from the arc lights, Khan has been using his time fruitfully, to say the least. He has been working on books in multiple languages including Urdu, Arabic, Persian and so on and has completed 325 books so far for the Government of India. He has also done 12 plays.