Bollywood legendary actor and well-known villain for the past 60 years in the Hindi film industry Pran Kishan Sikand alias Pran passed away on Friday night in Mumbai after prolonged illness. He is survived by his wife Shukla, sons Arvind and Sunil, and daughter Pinky. The 93-year-old was admitted into Lilavati Hospital a month ago and was diagnosed with pneumonia. Hospital sources said he was on ventilator for a few days. Pran, the highest paid actor in 70s and 80s when Rajesh Khanna was considered to be a super star, was conferred the highest award for the film icons Dadasaheb Phalke award in May of this year.
Hospital sources said that he died of multi-organ failure. The final rites will be performed on Saturday at the Shivaji Park crematorium. Pran was born in 1920 to a wealthy Punjabi family in Old Delhi. His first movie was Yamla Jat in 1940. In his entire 60 years career, Pran acted in more than 350 films including famous Don, Zanjeer and Amar Akbar Anthony.
Born in 1920 as Pran Kishan Sikand to a wealthy Punjabi family in Old Delhi, his debut film was Yamla Jat in 1940. In a career spanning six decades, Pran featured in more than 350 films, including blockbusters such as Zanjeer, Don and Amar Akbar Anthony. He was one of the highest-paid Bollywood actors in the 70s and 80s.
Pran, who wanted become a photographer, turned as a actor. A chance meeting with a film producer got him his first break in Punjabi film 'Yamla Jat' in 1940, later he acted in 'Chaudhary' (1941), 'Khandan' (1942), 'Kaise Kahun' (1945) and 'Badnami (1946).
After Partition, Pran came to Mumbai with his wife Shukla and sons Arvind and Sunil but did not get any work until writer Saadat Hasan Manto helped him get a role in Dev Anand starrer 'Ziddi' in 1948. Pran will be forever remembered for bringing villains on par with the heroes, ruling the industry from 1969 to 1982. He commanded equal money and respect for his negative characters in 'Madhumati', 'Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai', 'Ram Aur Shyam' and 'Devdas'.