Pran Sahab the good old villain of the Hindi film industry whose film career spanned almost six decades passed away on 12th July 2013 at the Lilawati Hospital after a prolonged illness.
He would be remembered for his histrionic performances in over 400 roles which he did in various films.His full name was Pran Krishan Sikand although he was always lovingly known as Pran.
Pran Sahab will be remembered for his performance in films like Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti hain - Victoria No.203- Upkaar - Zanjeer - Don - Duniya to name just a few....He's the one who recommended Amitabh Bachhan to producers for his role in Zanjeer and even thereafter...in fact both of them went on to do almost 14 films together.
His role as the rigid and rich father of actor Rishi Kapoor in the popular RK film Bobby will be remembered forever....the convincing manner in which he did the role and his scenes with actor Prem Nath who played the role of Dimple Kapadia's father were a treat to watch.
Very few actors commanded so much respect from their film makers and equally few whose film careers stretched to almost six decades.....Truly there will never be another like Pran Sahab.
Another first. He seldom repeated the same character he had already played in a previous film, so all his film characters were different from the other. He turned down the role of a Pathan in Manoj Kumar's film only because he had already played the same character in the film Zanjeer, and rightly so because that character stands out till today and probably will continue to do so.
He was a man with the golden heart and kept a low profile throughout his film career.
Pran Sahab was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the prestigious DadaSaheb Phalke Award in 2013 which was in fact conferred at his residence by the IB Minister Manish Tiwari as Pran Sahab was too ill to collect it personally.
Many other awards by the film fraternity were also given to him during his lifetime like the Filmfare Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
He will always be remembered for the good work that he did, the veracity of his performances and the variety of roles that he did, performing each of them beautifully well.
May his Soul rest in Peace.