Legendary actor Pran died at 93

Legendary actor Pran died on 12th July at Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital. He was 93 and was hospitalized for nearly a month at the hospital. His final rites are being held at Shivaji Park crematorium in Mumbai.

He is survived by his wife Shukla, daughter, Pinky and two sons, Arvind and Sunil respectively.

His daughter Pinky said, “He died after a spell of prolonged illness.” “He was not keeping well, he was very weak. His health was deteriorating,” she added.

In May, he was honored with Dadasaheb Phalke award. Due to his ailing health, he could not go to collect his award in Delhi. The next day he received the award at his residence.

Pran was the face of ‘villain’ in 70’s movies. Almost every major movie which was released during 70’s had Pran as villain. He brought to sets his style and sophistication. He gave a new meaning to the antagonist roles in movies and made the roles inevitable for the movies. There was a phase when he was paid higher than the hero of the movies. He did role of lead actor from 1940 to 1947. He acted in a number of Punjabi movies during this phase. From 1942 to 1991, he majorly played role of villain in movies. Later, he also played supporting actor roles. He acted in nearly 350 movies. In 2000, stardust conferred him with the award of ‘Villain of the millennium’.

Pran was born as Pran Krishan Saikand on 12th February 1920 in Delhi. He studies professional photography. In 1940 he bagged his first role in a Punjabi movie. In 1942 he appeared in Hindi movie ‘Khandaan’ as an actor. From 1940-1947, he worked in undivided India and used to work from Lahore as well. He worked actively from 60’s to 80’s. Post that period, he started rejecting roles citing his old age as problem. However on request of Amitabh Bachchan, Pran appeared in home production of Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Tere Mere Sapne’(1996) and ‘Mrityudata’(1997). After this, he rarely appeared in movies.

He was awarded with many awards, prominent among them are Dadasaheb Phalke(2013), Padma Bhusan(2001),4 film fare awards for best supporting actor and many other cine awards.

Bollywood mourned death of Pran. His friend and actor Amitabh Bachchan said, “Pran sahab passes away! A gentleman, most collaborative colleague, a senior of immense distinction, a true disciplined professional. Another magnificent pillar of the Film Industry, falls. Our illustrious edifice in ruins, as stalwart after stalwart leaves.”