RIP: And Pran… No More…
Veteran Bollywood actor Pran Nath Sikand has passed away at Lilawati Hospital in Mumbai. Pran died after a prolonged illness in Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital at 8.30 pm. The funeral will be held at 12 noon on Saturday at Shivaji Park in Dadar. Pran acted in over 350 films and left his imprint as a villain with powerful roles in films like ‘Kashmir ki Kali’, ‘Khandaan’, ‘Aurat’, ‘Bari Behen’, ‘Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai’, ‘Half Ticket’, ‘Upkar’, ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ and ‘Don’. Pran, star of films such as Zanjeer and Amar Akbar Anthony, made a tremendous impact on Bollywood as the villain in Dilip Kumar’s Ram Aur Shyam and was the first actor to break stereotype by playing character roles as well.
Pran had a marathon six-decade career in Hindi cinema and is one of the most celebrated actors of the industry. So effective was his acting that it was said that people stopped naming their children ‘Pran’ because of his negative 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 at least 250 of the 350 movies that he acted in, his was the last name in the cast portion of the credits, with the words “…and Pran” and sometimes “…above all, Pran”. In 2012, he gave his hand print for “Legend’s Walk”, a waterfront promenade in Bandra
Pran has been honoured with numerous awards for his portrayal of both negative and character roles. He has received three Filmfare Awards in the Best Supporting Actor category for Upkar, Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool and Be-Imaan. However, in 1972 when he was awarded for his role of constable Ram Singh in Be-Imaan, he refused to accept the award stating that the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director should have gone to Ghulam Mohammed for Pakeezah and not to the musical duo Shankar Jaikishan for Be-imaan. He also has been awarded with three Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards for his supporting roles. For his vast contributions to the films, he has been honoured by various awards with their Lifetime Achievement awards; including those of Filmfare, Star Screen Awards and Zee Cine Awards. In 2001, the Government of India conferred the Padma Bhushan on him. Recently in April 2013, he is announced to be the winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the most prestigious award of the Indian cinema, presented by the Government of India. The award will be presented to him at the 60th National Film Awards ceremony on 3 May 2013 for his lifetime of work in the film industry. Various celebrities have congratulated him on this occasion with Amitabh Bachchan calling him “a large pillar of the Indian Film Industry” on his Twitter feed.
The 93-year-old actor was given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, on May 10 by Information & Broadcasting Minsiter Manish tewari at his residence in Mumbai.
May his soul rest in peace.