The life and times of Pran

  • Paramita Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jul 13, 2013 11:48 IST
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    Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Pran in a still from one of his movies. (HT Photo)

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    Pran with Maharashtra PWD minister Chaggan Bhujbal and Manoj Kumar at the ceremony when the Dadasaheb Phalke Award was conferred upon late Dev Anand in 2010. (HT ...

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    Ashok Kumar and Pran in one of the frames of film Apna Kaun. (HT Photo)

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    The actor receiving Padma Bhushan from the then President KR Narayanan at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on March 21, 2001. (HT Photo)

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    Pran and Shashi Kapoor in an intense scene from Do Musafir. (HT Photo)

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    Pran with daughter Pinky Bhalla during one of his birthday parties. (HT Photo)

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    Two villains Pran and Prem Chopra together at a party in Mumbai. (HT Photo)

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    Pran’s picture clicked on September 5, 2001. (HT Photo)

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    One of the onscreen avatars of the legendary villain. (HT Photo)

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    Pran played a variety of roles in Hindi cinema. At one point of time, he was paid more than the heroes in Bollywood. (HT Photo)

Bollywood veteran actor Pran died on Friday evening at the age of 93 in a Mumbai hospital due to a prolonged illness. Following is how his life unfolded:

1920: Pran Krishan Sikand is born on April 12 in Ballimaran, Old Delhi, to Kewal Krishan, a civil engineer, and Rameshwari.

1940: Gets first break in a Punjabi film, Yamla Jat, due to a chance meeting with its writer

1942: Shoots for Khandaan, his first film as romantic hero opposite a much younger Noor Jehan. Because of age difference, she stands on bricks for close-ups

1945: Marries Shukla Ahluwahlia.

1948: Arrives in Bombay, works in Delmar Hotel on Marine Drive, re-starts film career  

1948: Gets Ziddi with the help of writer Saadat Hassan Manto and actor Shyam. The film launches Dev Anand as hero; by 1950 Pran is established as premier villain.

1950-60: Has the pick of villainous roles in Madhumati, Aah, Rajkumar, Ram aur Shyam, Jis Desh mein Ganga behti Hai, Kashmir ki Kali

1967: With the role of Malang chacha, a war hero, in Manoj Kumar’s Upkaar, moves towards positive roles

1990: Declines roles due to age-related problems. Pran's legs had begun to shiver in 1997 so his character in Mrityudaata was modified to justify his legs shivering

1996: Shoots for Tere Mere Sapne, his last film

2001: Conferred the Padma Bhushan

2013: Presented the Dadasaheb Phalke Award at the 60th National Film Awards function which he was unable to attend

2013: Died on July 12 at Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai, after prolonged illness. Survived by three children


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