Popular Bollywood actor Pran, the Malang Chacha of Manoj Kumar’s ‘Upkar’, breathed his last on July 12, 2013, but he will be remembered for his precious contribution to Hindi Cinema. Born on February, 1920, the actor has left numarable hit films to his credit. With his birthday approaching UG team tried to give a short recall of the great actor’s life.
People loved to hate Pran because of his powerful performance as a successful antagonist in several films. Yet, he was equally good when he stepped into character roles. He won hearts as loveable Malang Chacha in 'Upkar' and personified on-screen friendship in the role of a rough but kind Pathan in 'Zanjeer'.
Pran’s signature address 'barkhurdaar' in his steely voice still echoes in the ears of his fans. In ‘Upkar’ Manoj Kumar dared to cast Pran in the powerful pivotal and positive role of the physically disabled Malang Chacha for the first time ever. The film offered him a new image. Later he acted in many Hindi films in positive characters and all of it got good response in the box office.
Born as Pran Kishan Sikand in New Delhi, British India, he was popular as Pran and people use to call him ‘Pran Sahab’ out of respect. He was a thorough professional with a versatility and natural talent.
Pran Sahab has received many awards and honours in his career. He won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award in 1967, 1969 and 1972 and was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. He was awarded as the “Villain of the Millennium” by Stardust in 2000. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 for his contributions to thefilm and arts. He was honoured in 2013 with the highest national award for cinema artistes, ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award’, by the Government of India.
The veteran lived a spotless life, a rare feat for any celebrity to achieve in a career spanning over six decades and appearing in about 400 films and many took inspiration from his acting style.