Whenever I think of Pran sahab, the first image that comes to my mind is of a joyous, happy go lucky and a very humble human being.
I've worked with him on many projects, and all of them have been quite memorable.
Right from Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966), Patthar Ke Sanam (1967) to
Aadmi (1968) or Naseeb( 1981), I had a great working relationship with him.
I must admit that he was a true gentleman! There were several times we went on outdoor shoots but he always took a lot of care of all of us. That's a very rare quality especially when you're a very busy star.
In fact, I must add that he was immensely protective of all the women - whether they were heroines or those associated with the film.
Whenever someone of this stature passes away, it's an immense loss to the film industry at large.
He was a versatile actor and a very graceful human being.
He did so many roles, saw a lot of success but always remained humble and treated everyone with respect.
He recently received the Dadasaheb Phalke award, which I think should have been given to him a long time ago. He deserved it. And when he finally did get it, he wasn't particularly in a condition to express his gratitude or anguish as he was unwell for a while. He wasn't in a state to talk. I called on him but I could only speak to his wife and congratulate her.
You don't often get to know people like Pran sahab.
May his soul rest in peace and his family get the strength to deal with this loss. It's a loss for the entire film fraternity too.