Date of Birth: 12-Feb-20
Birth Place: New Delhi, India
Description: Pran is a multiple Filmfare and BFJA award-winning Indian actor, who is one of the most popular villains of Hindi cinema. He has appeared in over 350 films. Pran played the leading man in films like Halaku (1956) and Dharma(1973), Jangal Mein Mangal (1972), Gaddar and Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara (1973). His pivotal roles in the films as dacoit Raka in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960), films like Victoria No. 203, Manoj Kumar’s Upkaar (1967) and Purab Aur Paschim, Aurat(1967), Half Ticket (1962), as 'Sher Khan' in Zanjeer (1973), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) and Don (1978) are considered to be among his best performances. In 2010, he has been named the list of CNN's "top 25 Asian actors of all time". He won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award three times in 1967, 1969, and 1972 and was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. In 2001, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India, for his contribution to Indian cinema. Contrary to the villainous characters he played in his early films, he is very social, a member of various organizations, and even has his very own football team, 'Bombay Dynamos Football Club'. The legendary "Villain of the Millennium" has had a marathon six decades long career in Hindi Cinema and is one of the most celebrated actors of the industry. So effective was his acting that it said that people stopped naming their children 'Pran' because of his villain roles, while the industry had started calling him 'Pran Sahab'. His favourite line "Barkhurdaar" became immensely popular. His biography, ...and Pran was so named because, in most of the movies that he acted in, his was the last name in the cast portion of the credits, with the words "...and Pran" and sometime "..above all Pran". Sourced from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pran)
PRAN IN NEWS
The legendary Pran sahab, whose villain acts in Bollywood refrained family members from naming their sons 'Pran', passed away on the Friday evening of 12th July. Born in Old Delhi in 1920, the veteran began his career with Yamla Jat, which released in 1940. But it was Shaheed Latif's 1948 film Ziddi, starring Dev Anand and Kamini Kaushal that catapulted him to recognition. There was no looking back since then for the actor, who went on to be a part of some of the most memorable films with the most memorable performances. Among these, he is best known for his roles in Madhumati (1958), Mere Sanam (1965), Shaheed (1965), Upkar (1967), An Evening in Paris (1967), Victoria No. 203 (1972), Zanjeer (1973), Bobby (1973), Don (1978) and was last seen in Mrityudaata (1997). The Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award (for lifetime achievement) winner is survived by his wife Shukla Sikand, sons Arvind and Sunil, with daughter Pinky and grandchildren. Our condolences are with the family. It is probably a good idea to dust out a DVD of the eternal 'baddie' as a tribute to a life well-lived and a legacy left behind.
Veteran actor Pran was admitted to Lilavati Hospital a few days ago, over complains of physical weakness. Wife Shukla spoke about the ailing star, she said, “He was admitted about four days ago after he complained of weakness.” The doctors at the Lilavati Hospital in Bandra said, “He was admitted to Lilavati hospital last Friday. He had come for a check-up which turned out to be a respiratory problem. He is doing fine and is still in the hospital. Nothing to worry.”The 92 year old is one of the most iconic villains of the Hindi film industry and has a career spanning over six decades. The man has worked in around 350 films and has had one of the most successful film careers ever. Some of his famous films are Khandaan, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, Half Ticket, Upkar, Purab Aur Paschim, Don and Zanjeer. He was well known for roles like Sher Khan of Zanjeer, Jasjit of Don. The Villain of the Millenium was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian cinema. We wish Pran Sa'ab the best of health and hope he gets well soon.