Pranji deserved a more hefty send-off: Shatrughan Sinha

Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha was dismayed to see the poor turn-out at the funeral of legendary actor Pran, the Bollywood villain audiences loved to hate.

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Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha was dismayed to see the poor turn-out at the funeral of legendary actor Pran, the Bollywood villain audiences loved to hate.

"I saw very few people from the film industry. A man who gave 70 years of his life to the film industry deserved a much more hefty send-off," said Sinha.

Pran Kishan Sikand, popular as Pran, breathed his last at the Lilavati Hospital here late Friday evening following prolonged illness. He was 93.

His last rites were performed the next day and a handful of people like Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Karan Johar, Raj Babbar and Shakti Kapoor came to pay their last respects to the departed soul.

Sinha, who cancelled his trip to Patna to attend the funeral, said: "There is no doubt Pranji was an institution. He has inspired generations of actors, including me. When I heard of his passing away, I immediately cancelled my trip to Patna to attend."

Recalling Satyajit Ray's condolence meeting at the Mehboob Studios on the doyen's death, Sinha said: "This was Satyajit Ray who brought renown to Indian cinema and to the nation, the only Indian to win both the Oscar and the Bharat Ratna. And there was hardly anyone at the condolence meet. At Pranji's funeral on Saturday I was sadly reminded of Mr. Ray's condolence meet."

Sinha says he was influenced by Pran.

"I used to copy his hairstyle from 'Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai' during my college days in Patna. Later, I got the chance to work with Pranji in films like 'Ganga Tera Pani Amrit', 'Buniyad' and 'Vishwanath'."

"In 'Mere Apne', I paid Pranji a tribute by copying that idiosyncrasy of his from 'Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai' whereby he kept scratching his neck," he said.

"Pranji did almost 400 films. Indian cinema is a 100 years old, and he was there for 70 of those 100 years. Very few can equal that record. I'd say Pranji was a true achiever and a source of inspiration for generations of actors."


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  • Posted on: 16 July 2013 at 12:16pmducktales

    Pran sahab was and is a Legend, I am displeased and saddened by this kind of a Behavior by Bolly folks! All that FB/Twitter drama mourning about his death is all a Sham, Eww sick!
    Pran Sir may your Soul RIP, God bless you, Amen!

  • Posted on: 16 July 2013 at 9:03amsimran1285

    One by one the legends of bollywood are leaving the world. I know they are old and have lived a long life, but it still makes me sad that the actors I grew up watching are no longer with us. What hurts even more is when they get a bleak send off. RIP Pranji and thank you for the wonderful movies.

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  • Posted on: 16 July 2013 at 6:19amzephyr29

    Very disappointing to read. Amitabh Bachchan said that slowly the magnificent pillars who held up the edifice of Indian Cinema falls one by one. So such people really deserves a much bigger farewell than this. No amount of tweeting or just talking about the greats of the 100 years of cinema will be enough.

    RIP, Pran Sahab. You are and will always be a true legend. At least those who came were genuine admirers, friends and colleagues and not those just coming to hog the attention.

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  • Posted on: 15 July 2013 at 11:34pm-Mrinalini-

    R.I. P. Pran sir! He was truly an amazing actor!

  • Posted on: 15 July 2013 at 8:18pmpaagalbandar

    It is not the quantity that counts, its the quality that counts...Many bollywood deaths have happened in the past...but, it was very rear to see both senior bacchans, Mr. Sinha, Mr Kher, Mr. Babbar, Mr. Johar, Mr. Kiran Kumar and Mr. Shakti Kapoor at their funeral...Only the current stars attended the funerals of those, and that too for media attention...But, for Pranji, the legends themselves attended the funeral, and that is what is important..A legend got a send- off by legends themselves, and not some attention seeking people...Pranji was a genuine soul so, he got a genuine send off...RIP sir god bless you...

    Edited on:15 July 2013 at 8:18pm

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  • Posted on: 15 July 2013 at 7:39pmSushaanManeet

    R.I. P. Pran sir! He was truly an amazing actor! But, it is sad when many actors from Bollywood did not show up at his funeral ... just very disappointing.

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  • Posted on: 15 July 2013 at 5:38pmkaamchorni

    Saddened by this but even more shocked to hear that there was a poor turnout when Satyajit Ray passed away. I mean, the man was a true legend all over the world...

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  • Posted on: 15 July 2013 at 3:22pmtan26809

    R.I.P Pranji...I think this days BW ppl think that when they just tweet..their job is done

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  • Posted on: 15 July 2013 at 1:17pmpallavi25

    RIP Pran Sir! This reminds me of his song from Upkaar: Kasmey vaadey pyar wafa sab baatein hain baaton ka kya/ Koi kisika nahin hai jhoothey naatey hain naaton ka kya"...This song sums up the attitude of Bollywood people!

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  • Posted on: 15 July 2013 at 12:17pmBullsEye777

    Matlabi people. Compare with the people who landed up for PC's father's funeral.. Pran did not have any prominent person in the industry for our 'stars' to suck up to

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