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Framing Movies Take Twenty-Four: Mahaan (1983)

10 October 2013 9:05 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Every major actor and actress in Bollywood will at one stage attempt the double role. It is up there on every distinguished star’s curriculum vitae. There a countless examples Hum Dono (Dev Anand), Ram aur Shyam (Dilip Kumar), Seeta aur Geeta (Hema Malini), Apu Raja (Kamal Hassan), Chaalbaaz (Sri Devi), Kishan Kanhaiya (Anil Kapoor) and many many more. In addition to these we have Amitabh Bachchan’s own contributions to the double role genre, but to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema and its great tradition of double roles, we thought we would choose a slightly different film – Mahaan.

A triple role! Now that is is a completely different level and there is only one actor, the superstar of Indian cinema, who has truly attempted and achieved that – Amitabh Bachchan. Father, son and son – that was Mahaan. The father donned a beard, one son a moustache, the other clean shaven. »

- Anjum Shabbir

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Bollywood legend Pran dies aged 93

13 July 2013 6:25 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Pran, who is considered to be one of the greatest actors and villains in Bollywood history died on Friday aged 93 at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. The veteran actor was admitted to the hospital a month ago, where he had been ailing for some time. Pran was known for convincing portrayals in films such as Madhumati (1958), Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960), Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Upkar (1967) and as Sher Khan in the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Zanjeer (1973). Pran and Bachchan shared a special relationship and also starred together in other hits like Don (1978) and Amar Akbar Anthony (1977).

Speaking to the Indian media, Pran’s daughter Pinky had the following to say. “He died after a spell of prolonged illness. He was not keeping well, he was very weak. His health was deteriorating.” Pran was recently awarded with the Dadasaheb Phalke award for his contributions to Indian Cinema in a year which also marks the industry’s centenary. »

- Bodrul Chaudhury

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Veteran actor Pran to be cremated in Mumbai

12 July 2013 9:22 PM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Mumbai, July 13: The funeral of veteran actor Pran, who passed away at around 8.30 p.m. at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital on Friday, will take place at around noon on Saturday.

The funeral is expected to be attended by the who's who of the Indian film industry, besides representatives from other walks of life.

Pran, who played the dreaded villain and lovable character with elan in hits like 'Milan', 'Madhumati', 'Bobby', 'Zanjeer' and 'Ram Aur Shyam', died aged 93 after a spell of prolonged illness," his daughter Pinky said.

He was admitted to Lilavati Hospital a month ago following deterioration of his health.

His funeral. »

- Arun Pandit

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Veteran actor Pran passes away

12 July 2013 10:27 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Veteran actor Pran, 93, passed away on Friday in Lilavati hospital after prolonged illness.

Pran was conferred the Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2013 by the Government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema.

He was unable to travel to New Delhi to attend the National Film Awards function and was conferred the award at his Bandra residence by Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari .

“Indian Cinema has lost an icon,an actor who set new standards of acting with every role that he portrayed,” said Tewari condoling Pran’s death.

Pran, whose real name is Pran Krishan Sikand, appeared in close to 350 films. He was also awarded a Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contribution to cinema in 2001.

Pran has given sterling performances in many films along with Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor in 1950s and 60s. Pran’s performances »

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Pran presented Dadasaheb Phalke award at his residence

10 May 2013 4:53 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

I&B Minister Manish Tewari presented Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement to veteran actor Pran Kishan Sikand (Pran) at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai on Friday, May 10, 2013

Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari  presented the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for life time achievement to Pran Kishan Sikand (popularly known as – Pran) at his Bandra residence today in Mumbai.  The veteran actor, 93, was unable to travel to New Delhi to attend the National Film Awards function held on May 3, 2013.

The Minister, accompanied by I & B Secretary Uday Kumar Varma and a  delegation of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the Directorate of Film Festivals presented the coveted award, comprising a Swarn Kamal, citation, shawl and a cash prize of Rs 1 million (Rs 10 lakhs).

Speaking on the occasion, Manish Tewari said “it is an honour for me to present this award to Pran saab in person, in the centenary year of the Indian Cinema. »

- NewsDesk

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'Villain' Ashish Vidyarthi euphoric at Phalke for 'bad guy' Pran

24 April 2013 4:43 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Kolkata, April 24: Actor Ashish Vidyarthi, known for portraying baddies in films, is happy that Bollywood's famous villain Pran will be honoured with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award.

"Yes, it's a huge thing. His impact on the Indian society cannot be understated. For many years no kid was named 'Pran'. Just imagine he had such a big impact," said Ashish on the sidelines of a programme here Tuesday.

Pran, who acted in over 350 films, became an object of hatred after his portrayals of a bad guy in a series of films, including hits like "Madhumati", "Ziddi" and "Ram Aur Shyam".

But he also did character roles in. »

- Smith Cox

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Pran honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

12 April 2013 10:33 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Veteran actor Pran was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest cinematic honour bestowed annually by the Government of India.

The 93-year-old actor who has appeared in 350 films from the 1940s to the 1990s is known for his portrayal of both positive and negative roles with equal passion. Among Pran's most notable films are Ram Aur Shyam, Purab aur Paschim, Karz, Upkaar, Zanjeer, Don, Amar Akbar Anthony to name a few. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Actor Pran to receive Dadasaheb Phalke award 2012

12 April 2013 4:20 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2012 will be bestowed upon veteran actor Pran. The award ceremony will take place on May 3 in New Delhi.

He is the 44th Dada Saheb Phalke Award Winner. The award is conferred by the Government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs and a shawl. It is given on the basis of recommendations of a Committee of eminent persons.

93-year-old Pran, whose real name is Pran Krishan Sikand, has appeared in close to 350 films. He has also been awarded a Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contribution to cinema in 2001.

Pran has given sterling performances in many films along with Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor in 1950s and 60s. Pran’s performances have received acclaim in films like Azaad, Madhumati, Devdas, Dil Diya Dard Liya, »

- NewsDesk

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Veteran actor Pran honored with Dadasaheb Phalke award

12 April 2013 4:12 AM, PDT | Bollywoodmantra.com | See recent Bollywood Mantra news »

Veteran actor Pran received Dadasaheb Phalke award for his contribution to Indian cinema. 93 years old Pran has acted in more than 350 films. In his long tenure of filmy career, he has enacted all types of role, both positive and negative and acted with noted actors and filmmakers of Bollywood. In 2000, he was awarded as the ‘Villain of the Millennium’. Azaad,Madhumati, Devdas, Dil Diya Dard Liya, Ram Aur Shyam and Aadmi are few names among his huge number of hits. In 2010, Pran was named on the list of CNN's Top 25 Asian actors of all time. He won best supporting actors award three times. He was also honored with Padma Bhushan award »

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100 years of Indian cinema - the Bradford connection

13 March 2013 2:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In the second of two Yorkshire tributes to a century of Indian cinema, Irfan Ajeeb describes the extraordinary power of Bollywood film makers and stars

1999. It was a muggy night and approaching the end of a long and arduous day. The festivities were coming to a close and I was restively glancing at my watch as I knew I had yet to endure a four-hour drive to London. It was approaching midnight. Overdosing on coffee and chewing gum, I was anxious but at the same time excited - like a little kid waiting to open his presents on his tenth birthday.

The journey had begun as we set off on an empty M1. Sat on the back seat was the Indian actress, Pooja Bhatt, who had attended the Bite the Mango film festival at the then National Museum of Photography, Film & Television for an on-stage Screentalk interview. She had insisted »

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