Pran: One of the most loved villains of Bollywood bids adieu

He was truly what legends are made of - a natural talent and a thorough professional with a versatility. Actor Pran left for his heavenly abode late Friday evening. His death is deemed as a big loss for the Hindi film industry. He w

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He was truly what legends are made of - a natural talent and a thorough professional with a versatility. Actor Pran left for his heavenly abode late Friday evening. His death is deemed as a big loss for the Hindi film industry. He was 93.

Born as Pran Kishan Sikand, he was popular as Pran, and many, out of the respect the legend commanded, addressed him as "Pran sahab".

Pran breathed his last at the Lilavati Hospital following prolonged illness, said his son.

Pran's condition was frail since the past few months and he was in and out of hospital multiple times. He was reportedly last admitted to the Lilavati Hospital just a week back.

"He passed away at Lilavati Hospital at around 8.30. p.m.," his son Sunil told IANS.

The last rites of the veteran actor, who was a recipient of the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement, will be conducted Saturday at 12 p.m. at the Shivaji Park.

In a career of over six decades, Pran had an exhaustive and impressive filmography of over 400 movies. Each beats the other.

And so, megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with Pran in over 10 films, including "Zanjeer" and "Don", tweeted: "Another magnificent pillar of the film industry falls."

Pran may have been loved as the rough and tough man on screen, but in real life, he was "a gentleman, most collaborative colleague, a senior of immense distinction and a true disciplined professional," wrote Big B.

The actor was chosen for the 44th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement, an honour which his family as well as colleagues from Bollywood felt came a little late in the day. He was also unwell to travel to Delhi to collect the award at the 60th National Film Awards ceremony.

Although he could not travel, the honour came to him when Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari visited him in Mumbai to confer the award.

The actor started his career as a photographer in 1940, but it was a chance meeting with a film producer that landed him his debut role in a film called "Yamla Jat".

Later, when he moved from Lahore to Bombay (now Mumbai), with the help of renowned writer Saadat Hasan Manto and actor Shyam, Pran got a break in Bombay Talkies' film "Ziddi", in which Dev Anand played the lead role.

That set the momentum for the versatile talent, who brought new mannerisms and style and lent new dimensions to negative characters.

If he played villain convincingly in films like "Madhumati", "Ziddi" and "Ram Aur Shyam", with the same ease he slipped into character roles like the lovable Malang Chacha in "Upkar" or a loyal friend Sher Khan in "Zanjeer".

Among his memorable movies are "Azaad", "Madhumati", "Devdas", "Dil Diya Dard Liya", "Ram Aur Shyam", "Aadmi", "Ziddi", "Munimji", "Amardeep", "Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai", "Chori Chori", and "Chhalia".

Expressing his grief through Twitter, superstar Shah Rukh wrote: "Why do icons who shaped our lives and emotions have to go away? You will, sir, remain etched in our hearts. Allah bless your soul Pran sahib."


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  • Posted on: 14 July 2013 at 9:08amANJ4

    One of my grandparets and parents favor actors... ...

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  • Posted on: 13 July 2013 at 11:48ambeetaurus

    RIP Pran sahib. He was a super actor.

  • Posted on: 13 July 2013 at 9:39amSweetSona2010

    May his soul rest in peace.
    Truly he was a great actor.

  • Posted on: 13 July 2013 at 4:39amkavyasam

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • Posted on: 13 July 2013 at 3:53amashly_ansalam

    He was an excellent actor.

    RIP

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  • Posted on: 13 July 2013 at 2:34amMrDarcyfan

    He was a super actor. My Dad used to really like his work. I thought he was a cool villain in the few movies of his I have seen.
    He was one of the greats, who really left an impression!

    R.I.P Pran Sahab.

    Edited on:13 July 2013 at 2:35am

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  • Posted on: 13 July 2013 at 1:32amlara3110

    One more greatest Legend is no longer amongst us. Respect you Sir, and may your soul rest in peace.

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  • Posted on: 13 July 2013 at 1:01am-Mrinalini-

    An epic actor passes away! RIP Pran Sahib!

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  • Posted on: 12 July 2013 at 11:59pmZaYa_Premeer

    RIP Pran sahab. a great actor who will be really missed. he just had that aura about him that made him likeable. whether as a villain or in a supporting role, you always left a mark. gone but not forgotten

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  • Posted on: 12 July 2013 at 11:44pmprateek.007

    RIP pran sahab..
    He was one of the great actor who plays a different roles in different getups and with brilliant acting..
    Well says,OLD is always GOLD

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