The veteran actor, 93, was named for the honour Friday.
His daughter said: "Well it comes (very late), for him. It is very important also. We feel he deserves it so, of course, he should have got it (earlier)."
Besides Pinky, Bollywood celebrities like Anil Kapoor and Aadesh Srivastava, too share the sentiment.
"I think this honour has come too late for Pran saheb. I wish he had got it much earlier. But as it is said, 'better late than never'," said Anil.
Composer Aadesh Srivastava, said: "He (Pran) has got this honour very late. I think he is the most deserving person for this. We would have feel more happy if he would have got this honour during his active days, when he was acting.
Actress Chitrangada Singh believes Pran is an "iconic figure" for the younger generation
"I have seen his movies while I was growing up. He played the role of a villain of course, but he is a nice man and an absolute gentleman. He is just the opposite of his onscreen image," she said.
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An exceptional actor. And a great human being. I am glad he has been given the award, late though it definitely is. An actor of his ilk is difficult to come by. Congratulations Pranji.
I don't know later or sooner but what truly matters is that they gave it to him while being alive. I think its complete useless to give awards when someone has past away. Its better to appreciate someone when they are living. Just my opinion.
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I agree this was very late. I was sitting here thinking he already got this award years ago until this news came out. Exceptional actor pran is, he actually scared me in Ram aur Shyam
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