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Legendary Bollywood baddie Pran died July 12 in Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital where he was admitted after having respiratory problems. He was 93.

He played such familiar villains as the evil landowner in 1958’s “Madhumati,” who caused the titular heroine to leap to her death, and the bandit in 1960’s “Jis desh mein Ganga behati hai.”

He was so realistically bad that many Indians assumed he was so in real life too. The actor was aware of this and in 1971’s “Guddi,” set in the world of Bombay cinema, he played himself and was shown as a charming man who gives the watch off his wrist just because a co-star likes it.

Pran played other characters too, most famously essaying a comic role in “Victoria No. 203” as one of two cabbies who witness a murder.

Born Pran Krishan Shikand in a landowning family in Old Delhi, he was discovered in a »


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