Legendary actor Pran passes away

Dadasaheb Phalke awardee and veteran Bollywood actor Pran Krishan Sikand, died on Friday evening around 8.30pm, at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital after prolonged illness.
   
The 93-year-old actor was given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, in May this year at his residence in Mumbai. His cremation will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at 12 pm at Shivaji park.
 
Pran acted in over 300 movies in a career spanning over six decades and played a vast range of roles - from a hero to a villain to a character artist.
 
But he was known most for his portrayals of the scheming bad guy in a series of films including hits like Madhumati, Ziddi and Ram Aur Shyam. He was often called the last gentleman villain of Bollywood.
 
If he played a villain to the hilt, he was equally good when he stepped into character roles and won many hearts as loveable Mangal Chacha in Upkar, thoroughly entertained as street-smart fraud in Victoria No.203, and epitomised on-screen friendship in the role of a rough but kind Pathan in Zanjeer.
 
His famous films include Khandaan, Aurat, Bari Behen, Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai, Half Ticket, Upkar, Purab Aur Paschim, Don and Zanjeer.
 
In 2001, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema.
 
The actor turned 93 in February this year.

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