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Bollywood's most hated villain, Pran passes away

Recognised by that drawled 'barkhurdaar' in his steely voice, Indian film industry's most hated reel life villain, Pran Krishan Sikand - or Pran as movie credits and fans always called him - has bid his final goodbye to all the onscreen heroes who happily bashed him up and the heroines who dreaded him.

Born into a wealthy family in Delhi on Feb 12, 1920, Pran lived and was educated in Lahore, Kapurthala, Meerut, Dehradun, Rampur, Unnao and finally Mumbai as his father, Lala Kewal Krishan Sikand, was a government contractor building bridges and roads, including the Kalsi Bridge near Dehradun.

Though he seemed interested in and pursued a course in photography in Lahore, a chance meeting with a movie producer got Pran a role in Yamla Jat in 1940 when he was 20.

After the partition of India, Pran, who had married Shukla in 1945 (the couple later had two sons, Arvind, Sunil, and daughter, Pinky), decided to leave the Lahore film industry and shift to then Bombay.

But, unlike his smooth entry in Lahore, it was the start of a brief period of struggle to get a foothold in Bollywood.

Though he managed to get the role of a lead hero in some movies, his personality and natural acting talents came to the fore only as a villain in those early days of the black-and-white era.


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