Legendary actor Pran passes away…

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pranPran Krishan Sikand, known to his fans as only Pran, passed away at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on Friday evening following a respiratory failure. He was 93.

The thespian was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke award recently at the time when Indian cinema was celebrating its 100 years. One of the most versatile actors of Bollywood, Pran was also India’s most popular villain. he 93-year-old iconic villain of Hindi cinema, who was recently honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award recently, breathed his last at around 8.30 pm at the Lilavati hospital.

In a career spanning over six decades, Pran acted in over 400 movies. Pran was chosen to receive the 44th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement. He couldn`t travel to Delhi to collect the award at the 60th National Film Awards ceremony; he was specially honoured at his residence with Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari reaching there 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’.

He went on to give stellar performances in Johnny Mera Naam, Victoria 203, Bobby, Beimaan and Zanjeer amongst scores of other memorable films.

In Zanjeer, he played the role of a Pathan alongside Amitabh Bachchan, whose super stardom started immediately after that. From 1969 to 1982, he remained the highest paid character actor of Hindi cinema.

Pran, who was born in Delhi, was also a champion for justice. In 1972, Pran declined to accept the Filmfare award for Best supporting actor for Beimaan because he felt that Ghulam Mohammad had been wrongly denied the Best music award for Pakeezah.

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’, ‘Chhalia’, and ‘Zanjeer’.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has mourned the death of Pran, one of Indian cinema’s most hated villains yet among the most loved, respected and versatile actors, saying the icon will always live in the hearts of his fans.

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