Bollywood legend Pran dies aged 93

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.
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Villains in Indian Cinema

Villains in Indian Cinema
Pran Kishan Sikand

Pran Kishan Sikand dreamt of becoming a professional photographer. Little did he know that a measly, humble ‘paan’ (betel leaf) would change his life and set him on his destined path. It was 1939 or thereabouts. Pran was at a ‘paan’ shop at Lahore, enjoying a munch with his friends when a stranger approached him and asked whether he wanted to act in films. Pran was amused and asked his name. Stranger introduced himself as Muhammad Walli, a renowned film maker in the flourishing film district of Lahore. He said he was making a Punjabi film and Pran looked a perfect fit for the role of a villain in the film. Pran just brushed him off. Walli kept insisting that he pay a visit to the studio, and pushed a piece of paper with his address into Pran’s hands. The film was Yamla Jat (1940), a runaway hit that year.
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