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Legendary actor Pran Kishan Sikand, who is popularly known by the name Pran, passed away at the Lilavati Hospital on Friday evening (July 12) following prolonged illness. He was 93. His filmography boasts of over 400 projects, which prove his versatility in essaying a hero, character artist and the bad man, in his trademark style.
Pran was born in a rich family in Lahore, Pakistan on Feb 12, 1920. 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. Though he started his career as a hero, it was the roles of a bad man that established his career in Bollywood. He was seen in the role of hero from 1940-47, and as a villain from 1942-1991. Later, he did supporting roles.
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Madhumati was a 1958 Hindi film produced and directed by Bimal Roy, and written by Ritwik Ghatak and Rajinder Singh Bedi. Pran played the role of a ruthless and arrogant man with panache. He was seen in the character of evil minor Raja Ugranarayan.
Half Ticket, a 1962 Bollywood classic film starring Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, Helen and Pran, was directed by Kalidas. Pran had played the role of a notorious thief named Raja Babu aka Chacha.
Upkar, a 1967 film, was directed by Manoj Kumar. Manoj Kumar, Asha Parekh and Prem Chopra had starred in the movie. Interestingly, Pran had a positive role in the movie. He was seen in the role of a disabled farmer named Malang Chacha.
Amitabh Bachchan starrer Zanjeer popularised Pran as Sher Khan, a Pathan friend who stands through thick and thin by the protagonist played by the former. The movie is currently being remade with the same title, and Sanjay Dutt has stepped into the shoes of Pran.
Amar Akbar Anthony
Amar Akbar Anthony was a multi-starrer movie directed by Manmohan Desai. The film featured Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh and Shabana Azmi in the lead roles. Pran played the role of Kishanlal - a driver by profession, father of three boys, husband of Nirupa Roy and an international don.
Shahenshah, a 1988 superhero film, was directed by Tinnu Anand. The film starred Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri and Meenakshi Seshadri in the leads. Pran played the role of an honest cop named Aslam Khan.