Mumbai: AK Hangal, 98, passed away in Mumbai on Sunday, following a brief illness aggravated by a fracture in his thigh bone. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with AK Hangal in the iconic film Sholay, remembered the character actor as a gentleman and congenial co-artist.
"AK Hangal, passes away this morning!! A veteran, a gentleman, a congenial co artist and a master at his work," he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
AK Hangal had a fall on August 13. On August 16, he was admitted to the hospital as he had suffered a back injury and had to undergo a surgery. But that could not take place as later it was found that he has chest and breathing problems.
Hangal is most fondly remembered as Rahim Chacha from the film Sholay, in which Bachchan played one of the main leads. It was in Sholay that Hangal uttered the dialogue, "Itna sannata kyon hai, bhai?" which went on to become one of the most popular lines in Hindi cinema.