Pran remembered by co-star Dilip Kumar
The most notorious villain of yester year, Pran passed away at the age of 93 on Friday and was cremated at the Sivaji Park electric crematorium on Saturday afternoon. The ceremony was attended by some of the leading names of Bollywood including Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha.
Costar Dilip Kumar returned to the twitter after an absence of almost five months to comment and reminisce about his old friend Pran Saab. The two had shared screen space in innumerable films including the most famous Azaad and Madhumati.
Dilip Kumar wrote, "My dear friend Pran liked to talk to me on the phone till recently. Saira and I visited him whenever we could. We had our Punjabi jokes, bringing back memories of the great times we shared as costars. He was a through gentleman."
Pran has recently been awarded the Dada shaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to the Indian cinema. Though best known for his negative roles, Pran became the consummate character artist in later years, adding a panache to the roles that he played.
Dilip Kumar himself has not been keeping well. He remembers his friend in fond words. "I can never forget how Pran managed to come to my marriage, braving bad weather in Srinagar where he was shooting. He took a flight to Delhi and then to Bombay and reached by evening, in time to hug me before the nikaah ceremony," he twitted.
Pran remains the most hated villain in Bollywood, where his single glance could convey his cunning. Some of his most famous films include Madhumati, Zanjeer, Majboor, Upkaar, Johnny Mera Naam, Victoria No. 203, Don, Kaalia, Kasauti, Chori Mera Kaam etc, but not in all of them did he play a negative role. In fact, the big hearted colorful characters played by Pran in later years were even more heartwarming than his villains.
Dilip Kumar remembers his silver screen nemesis with following words, “At work we were invariably pitted against each other, our characters were always caught in conflict over something or the other. It used to be very amusing for onlookers to watch the change that would come over him when he faced the camera with me in the same frame, after all the friendliness and affection they had seen a while ago between us. Well, that’s the challenge we actors face all the time. To become what we are not in reality and to assume the character and persona of an unfamiliar chap who has no resemblance whatsoever to our real self is not as easy as it appears.”