Bollywood fondly remembered the grand old man of Hindi cinema and distinguished theatre artist AK Hangal, saying his demise has left a 'sannata' (silence).
Hangal breathed his last at 9 AM today following a brief illness aggravated by a fracture on his thigh bone at Asha Parekh hospital in suburban Santacruz.
His funeral will take place at 1 PM at Pawan Hans crematorium in Vile Parle.
"A K Hangal no more. An era comes to an end. Theatre and films were enriched by him. Funeral at 1 PM near Pavan Hans opp Nanavati hospital," actress Shabana Azmi wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Filmmaker ShekHar Kapur tweeted, "A K Hangal. Lifetime dedicated to the art of acting in theatre. Will always be remembered by his films."
Veteran actor Anupam Kher tweeted, "The Marathon Man of Hindi Cinema reaches the final winning post. We will miss you Hangal Saab. RIP."
Actor Arshad Warsi, who shared screen space with Hangal in Amitabh Bachchan's 2006 home production 'Tere Mere Sapne', prayed for the departed soul.
"I had the pleasure of working with A K Hangal in 'Tere Mere Sapne', my first film... May his soul rest in peace," Warsi said.
Kunal Kohli tweeted, "Itna Sannata Kyon Hai Bhai... RIP A K Hangal Sir."
"I remember receiving the Balraj Sahni trophy at IPTA (Indian People's Theatre Association) from A K Hangal, RIP sir," actor Kunal Khemu said.