Pran Sahab treated women with lots of respect: Waheeda Rehman

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Dec 27, 2013 15:24 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)

Whenever I think of Pran sahab, the first image that comes to my mind is of a joyous, happy go lucky and a very humble human being.

I've worked with him on many projects, and all of them have been quite memorable.

Right from Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966), Patthar Ke Sanam (1967) to Aadmi (1968) or Naseeb( 1981), I had a great working relationship with him.

I must admit that he was a true gentleman! There were several times we went on outdoor shoots but he always took a lot of care of all of us. That's a very rare quality especially when you're a very busy star.

In fact, I must add that he was immensely protective of all the women - whether they were heroines or those associated with the film.

Whenever someone of this stature passes away, it's an immense loss to the film industry at large.

He was a versatile actor and a very graceful human being.

He did so many roles, saw a lot of success but always remained humble and treated everyone with respect.

He recently received the Dadasaheb Phalke award, which I think should have been given to him a long time ago. He deserved it. And when he finally did get it, he wasn't particularly in a condition to express his gratitude or anguish as he was unwell for a while. He wasn't in a state to talk. I called on him but I could only speak to his wife and congratulate her.

You don't often get to know people like Pran sahab.

May his soul rest in peace and his family get the strength to deal with this loss. It's a loss for the entire film fraternity too.


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