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Pran No More, Funeral is Today

Hindi cinema's legendry actor, Pran, is no more. The most famed villain of Hindi cinema passed away at 8.30pm yesterday at the Lilavati hospital following a cardiac arrest. He was 93 and had been in and out of hospital for the past two years. Pran began out in the 40s as a hero in Punjabi films but went on to create a marvelous bang as an antagonist in Hindi films. In his glory days, his name suggested so much fright that people stopped naming their children Pran. In his more than six decades in the film industry, Pran done acting in over 350 films including Madhumati, Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai, Upkar, Shaheed, Zanjeer, Don and Amar Akbar Anthony to name a few. Such was his wallop and such the superiority he provided to being a villain that in the 70s, Pran was really paid more than the heroes of the time. A recipient of plentiful awards through his lifetime, unhappily enough, because of his ill health, Pran was not capable to travel to New Delhi to accept the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in May this year. Said late Manmohan Desai's son Ketan Desai, "I am devastated and I am stepping up to the hospital. He was a very close friend of my father. My dad was tremendously fond of him. Since he started his directorial career with him in Chhalia and then recurring him in Bluff Master soon after. Both films did fine. We obviously enjoyed working with him in Amar Akbar Anthony and Dharam Veer. After a few years I directed him in Allah Rakha. It was just a character part but he was congenial to do the role. The planet has lost a great human being." Said late Prakash Mehra's son, Puneet Mehra, "He is renowned for his whip, but he was precisely the opposite of the negative characters he described on screen. I knew him individually. His daughter Pinky and I are friends. The film industry has lost a considerable part of its wealth."

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