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.