MUMBAI: Legendary film actor Kader Khan was an engineer who worked as a teacher before joining Bollywood. He is a mechanical engineer who taught Science, Maths and Engineering subjects at Saboo Siddik Technical School and Polytechnic at Byculla till the 1970s.
He used to write & direct Urdu Stage-Plays during his years aa a teacher.
Famous Urdu Writer Rajender Singh Bedi, along with his Producer-Director son Narender Bedi, were Chief Guest along with film star Nutan in one of the drama competitions where Kader Khan’s play was also performed.
His performance won him the Best Play, Best writer & Best Director awards.
Chief Guests Rajender Singh Bedi, a prolific and well known Urdu writer himself, and his producer-director son Narender Bedi were so impressed with the writing skills of Kader Khan, that they offered him a job of writing dialogues for their upcoming Hindi film “Jawani –Diwani “.
This was beginning of a new career for a teacher cum drama writer – director Kader Khan.
Kader Khan got Rs.1500 as the remuneration for his work as a dialogue writer in his first film. His good writing skills, got acknowledgement from ‘Bollywood’ and further offers from bigger banners and famous Producers/Directors poured in.
Kader Khan reached to the peak of success and his acting talents were also fully exploited in Hindi films.
Being a teacher by nature, Kader Khan ceased the process of learning. Thus, while he was working in the Film Industry as one of the busiest film actor and writer, he decided to learn Arabic.
Kader Khan’s father Maulana Abdul Rehman was an Islamic scholar as well as an Arabic teacher. Kader Khan enrolled himself as a student of BA (Arabic) in distance learning section of Osmania University, Hyderabad.
After successfully completing graduation, he enrolled himself as a Post Graduate student in Arabic. He did his MA in Arabic from Osmania University, while he was still at the peak of his career in Bollywood. After almost forty years of very active and busy film career, Kader Khan withdrew himself from acting and writing for films.
He diverted his attention, first towards teaching Arabic & then towards Islamic studies by writing text books, guides and other teaching material.
He found that his vast experience as a teacher at Saboo Siddik Technical School and Polytechnic before joining Hindi film industry was very helpful in his new passion to teach Arabic and Islamic studies.
He devised such material which made learning of Arabic and Islamic culture very simple.