Welcome to yet another edition of Fragrance of
, an article where we shine the spotlight on an
established actor within our beloved India film industry, This week, we
have the great personality Pran
Krishan Sikand, better known as Pran
was born on 12th
February 1920 into a wealthy Punjabi family in Old Delhi and is one of
seven children. His father, Kewal Krishan Sikand, was a civil engineer
government civil contractor, and mother, Rameshwari, a housewife. Pran
was very passionate about his education where he was particularly gifted
in the subject of mathematics. Due to his father's transferable job, he
studied in various
places but finally finished his education at Raza High School in Rampur.
had aspired to become a professional photographer which
lead him to join A. Das & Co in Delhi as an apprentice. This soon
took him to Shimla where he played the role of Sita in a
local act of Ramleela. The role of Ram was played by Madan Puri.
's first break in the film circuit happened to be in
Pancholi's Punjabi film Yamla Jat
(1940), after having gotten the chance of meeting with the writer, Wali Mohammad Wali. He followed
this up with small roles in 1941 in the films, Chaudhary
In 1942, Pran
was given the role of a romantic hero in his first Hindi movie, Khandaan,
opposite Noor Jehan
. He soon continued to act in
many movies in the pre-partition era.
After the partition, Pran
Lahore and arrived in Bombay. After eight months of non-Bollywood
industry work, he was given the chance to re-enter the film industry
with his movie, Ziddi
, alongside Dev Anand
and Kamini Kaushal
This launched both Pran
and Dev Anand
's careers and from there on, there
was no looking back for both. He was approached with numerous negative
roles in which he was to portray either the main villain or a negative
character of some sort throughout the 1950s and 60s. In the 1970s, new
younger directors and producers continued to cast Pran
in their films,
even though they knew
that he charged the most amongst all the supporting actors of that time.
also acted many comic roles
with Kishore Kumar
Ali. Sadhu Aur Shaitaan
(1960), Half Ticket
(1962) and Man Mauji
(1962) are among some of the
most memorable villainous comic roles.
In the late 1960s, Pran
towards positive roles beginning with Upkaar
(1967). His song "Kasme Waade Pyaar Wafaa" became one of the most
from this movie. The film also gained him his first, rightfully earned,
Filmfare Award. He then continued to play pivotal and positive roles in
many movies. Purab Aur Paschim
(1975), and Dus Numbri
considered to be the most popular movies in his repertoire where he was
seen in the roles of a supportive character.
However, the talented actor not only gained success professionally
but also personally, forming friendships with the likes of Ashok Kumar
They acted in 27 films
together and the movies that are still remembered today are, Mr. X
(1957), Victoria No.
(1972), Chori Meri Kaam
(1975), and Raja Aur Rana
Some other famous songs of his were "Hum Bolega Toh Bologe Ke Bolta Hai" from Kasauti
(1974) and "Do Bichare, Bina
Sahare" from Victoria No. 203
Another great pair was that of Pran
and Amitabh Bachchan
. Having been the one to recommend Big B for the character of Vijay in Zanjeer
and Bachchan's friendship was as strong as it could be. In
the aforementioned movie, Pran
's character of Sher Khan was hugely
two went on to act in 14 movies together, of which the memorable ones
(1978), Amar Akbar
(1981), and Sharaabi
As time went on, Pran
began to reject film offers citing his age-related problems. He made only an
exception to Amitabh Bachchan
who requested him to do roles in his home
productions. However, his roles were modified accordingly to ensure that his
age-related problems were taken into account. Post-2000, Pran
made only a few
has received numerous awards
and honours. In 1967, 1969, and 1972 he won the Filmfare Best Supporting
Actor award, and in 1997 he was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime
Achievement award. In
2000, he was awarded the Villain of the Millennium by Stardust. In 2001
honoured with the Padma Bhushan and in 2013 he was given the Dadasaheb
Award for Lifetime Achievement.
was the highest paid actor over lead actors such as Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan,
Shatrugan Sinha, Randhir Kapoor, and Rishi Kapoor between 1969 to 1982.
only lead hero to be paid more than Pran in the 1970s and 1980s was Rajesh
BollyCurry can effectively say that most
probably, there will never be an actor like
Pran again, just as the many other legendary actors of Tinsel Town. With
a final salute to the talented Pran Krishan Sikand, we sign off and
await for our next meeting with a new veteran in our hotseat. Until
Author: Shreya S.
Editors: Harjot D. & Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Preet K.
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