'AK Hangal had great focus, devotion'
Famous for playing either the father or uncle of a more famous name, character actor AK Hangal is best remembered by his line from Sholay (1975): Itna sannaata kyun hai bhai. His colleagues from the film industry recall their favourite qualities of the late character actor.bollywood Updated: Aug 27, 2012 13:40 IST
Famous for playing either the father or uncle of a more famous name, character actor AK Hangal is best remembered by his line from Sholay (1975): Itna sannaata kyun hai bhai (Why is it so quiet?). With those words, he beautifully punctuated the grief-stricken silence that had enveloped a terrorised village grieving over a boy killed by dacoits.
After developing several complications following a fracture, Hangal (95) passed away at the Asha Parekh hospital in Santacruz West. The funeral was held at 1 pm at the Pawan Hans crematorium in Vile Parle.
Hangal entered Bollywood in his late ’40s and acted in over 200 films, including 16 starring the late Rajesh Khanna. His most memorable roles were as Inder Sen in Shaukeen (1981), Rahim Chacha in Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay (1975), Ram Shastri in Aaina (1977), Bipinlal Pandey in Namak Haraam (1981) and the negative character in Prem Bandhan (1979).
Veteran actor Kanwarjit Paintal, who worked with Hangal in many movies including Chala Murari Hero Banane (1977) and Bawarchi (1972), adds, “It’s a loss for Hindi films. There can be no other Hangal. He was a good man with great focus and devotion towards his work. He would etch out the details of the character well on-screen.”