Distinguished character artist AK Hangal who began his Hindi film career in his late 40s and became popular playing onscreen father or uncle to the leading actors of the 70s, 80s and 90s passed away on Sunday following a brief illness. The Padma Bhushan awardee was 97.
Hangal fractured his right leg in a fall on August 13 and was admitted to the Asha Parekh hospital in Santacruz West. A surgery was to take place, but doctors called it off because he was suffering from several ailments including kidney dysfunction. He had been on life support for the last few days.
Hangal’s son Vijay said, “My father kept fighting till his last breath.” His funeral was held at 1pm at Pawan Hans crematorium in Vile Parle.