Bollywood’s most iconic on-screen villain bid adieu on Friday, leaving the fraternity heartbroken. Pran Kishan Sikand, popularly known as Pran to the industry and his fans, passed away in Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital at the age of 93. The actor, who gave memorable performances in 400 films including Zanjeer, Bobby, Johnny Mera Naam, Don, Madhumati and Ram Aur Shyam, was cremated in Mumbai on Saturday.
Bollywood took to microblogging website Twitter to express grief and remember the actor as a legend and a gentleman. “Pran Saheb passes away! A gentleman, most collaborative colleague, a senior of immense distinction, a true disciplined professional,” wrote Amitabh Bachchan, who attended the funeral.
“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,” tweeted Shah Rukh Khan. Actor Madhuri Dixit wrote, “Another legend Pran Saahab leaves us. RIP.” Actor Sridevi tweeted, “Today we have lost a legend, a gem and an iconic actor. We will miss you. RIP Pran Saheb.”
“Final Curtain Call for one of the Most Loved Actors of Indian Cinema..an actor and a gentleman,” wrote actor Anupam Kher. Preity Zinta tweeted, “RIP Pran sahab! Did not know him personally, but heard he was a perfect gentleman with a heart of gold!”
Another magnificent pillar of the film industry falls. Our illustrious edifice in ruins, as stalwart after stalwart leave!
Today we have lost a legend, a gem and an iconic actor. We will miss you. RIP Pran Saheb.