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Honour came too late for Pran: family, Bollywood

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award has come in late for Bollywood's iconic villain Pran, says his daughter Pinky. Members of the film fraternity too feel the same.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 | 5:38:32 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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The Dadasaheb Phalke Award has come in late for Bollywood's iconic villain Pran, says his daughter Pinky. Members of the film fraternity too feel the same.

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.

"But its better late than never. The kind of characters Pran saheb has portrayed, are marvelous. Pran saheb should have got this honour much earlier, but I am still very happy."

Beginning his career as a hero in 1940 with "Yamala Jat", Pran went on to feature in films like "Milan", "Madhumati" and "Kashmir Ki Kali". He achieved fame by playing villain in several films.

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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Posted on: 14 April 2013 at 10:23pm
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.

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Posted on: 14 April 2013 at 8:08pm
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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Posted on: 14 April 2013 at 11:49am
It's better late than never Mr. Pran. I grew up watching you in movies, you were the best and congratulations!

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Posted on: 14 April 2013 at 11:26am
Pran was a very good looking villain. Phenomenal actor that used language and dialect to his advantage whenever he portrayed any character on screen. Much can be learned from him.

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Posted on: 14 April 2013 at 8:46am
Deer aaya par dorost aaya! Pran Sir your the best!

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Posted on: 13 April 2013 at 11:47pm
I wish this honour was given to him much earlier...but better late than NEVER. ..! ! That would have been worse! Love Pran sir and wish him health and happiness!

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Posted on: 13 April 2013 at 11:04pm
I am just happy he got it at all! He should have got this much earlier as stated in the article! He is an iconic figure in Indian cinema!

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Posted on: 13 April 2013 at 2:45pm
Agree its really very late...

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Posted on: 13 April 2013 at 1:46pm
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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