Pran, the last gentleman villain of Bollywood, died on Friday evening at the age of 93 in a Mumbai hospital after a prolonged illness.
Recently awarded with a Dadasaheb Phalke Award, whose screen presence and charisma hypnotised generations for over five decades, Pran was a phenomenon in himself.
He showcased how much weight a villain's character is capable of carrying. He brought villains on par with heroes with his splendid performances.
From celebrities to politicians, everybody has been offering their condolences on Twitter:
T 1167 -Pran Saheb passes away ! A gentleman, most collaborative colleague, a senior of immense distinction, a true disciplined professional— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 12, 2013
T 1167 -Another magnificent pillar of the Film Industry, falls. Our illustrious edifice in ruins, as stalwart after stalwart leaves !— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 12, 2013
Shah Rukh Khan
Why do icons who shaped our lives and emotions have to go away? U will sir, remain etched in our hearts. Allah bless ur soul Pran Sahib.— SHAH RUKH KHAN (@iamsrk) July 12, 2013
It's such a loss for cinema..wish I had had the chance to know him.leaving a legacy that will stay with Indian cinema forever.RIP Pran saheb— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) July 12, 2013
Thank you for the memories Pran Saab. You will live forever in our hearts. RIP.— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) July 12, 2013
A legend passes away.. A chapter onto himself,in the book of the Hindi film industry! Micheal Of Majboor,Pran Saab..an irreplaceable Pillar— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) July 12, 2013
You will live in our hearts forever Sher Khan.. R.I.P Pran Saab— kunal kapoor (@kapoorkkunal) July 12, 2013
RIP Pran Saab - Thank you for entertaining us all these years- will miss you sir.— RITEISH DESHMUKH (@Riteishd) July 12, 2013
SHER KHAN u will live for ever- RIP Pran Saab— RITEISH DESHMUKH (@Riteishd) July 12, 2013
RIP Pran Saab, you immortalised so many characters, was fortunate to play one of them. You live in my heart forever.— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) July 12, 2013
For years people didn't name their kids #Pran. Such was the impact of him as an actor.Hope he lived a day more to hear his praises. RIP— kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) July 13, 2013