New Delhi/ Mumbai/ Allahabad, July 13 (ANI): Politicians and Bollywood actors have expressed their condolences over the demise of veteran actor Pran, best known for his roles as a villain.
"He did full justice to all the characters he has played during his career. This is a mark of a talented actor. It was my honour that I could respect him with the Dada Saheb Phalke award. Not just the Indian cinema, the entire country has lost a talented and beautiful person. The contribution of Pran Sahab to the film industry will always be remembered," Information and Boadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said.
During his six-decade-long career, Pran performed in over 400 films, and was conferred the country's highest cinema honour, the Dada Saheb Phalke award, in April.
Bollywood actor Raza Murad who expressed his feeling over the demise of this legendary actor, said that he was so successful in portraying a dreaded villain, that Raavan and Pran were the two names, a parent would never keep for their child.
"He was the pride and soul of our bollywood industry. He was a complete opposite of his screen image. He was very emotional, sentimental and very helpful. There will never be another Pran," he said.
His chameleon-like ability helped Pran transform himself from one of the most hated onscreen villains to one of the most beloved character actors-be it the 'Mangal chacha' in 'Upkar', Sher Khan of opposite Amitabh Bachchan in 'Zanjeer' or the discipline-loving but soft-hearted grandfather in Gulzar's 'Parichay'.
"His acting was phenomenal and he was a natural actor and not a product of any Drama or Film School. That's why it's said that actors and leaders are born not made. He was a born actor," Bahujan Samaj Party leader Vijay Bahadur Singh said.
Born on February 12, 1920 in old Delhi, Pran Krishan Sikand was educated in places like Kapurthala, Unnao, Meerut, Dehradun and Rampur, as his father Lala Kewal Krishnan Sikand was in government service.
He died at the age of 93 died at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital on Friday night. He is survived by two sons, Arvind and Sunil and a daughter, Pinky. (ANI)