Pran (I)

Actor

Producer

Pran (I)

With a career spanning over sixty five years, Pran was a veteran Indian film actor who appeared in over 350 films.

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Filmography

23 April 1999Jai Hind
Ret. Col. Gyanchand

23 January 1998Badmaash
Kashinath Hiraskar

6 June 1997Mrityudata
Professor Nizamuddin Azad / Prisoner #92

1993Kohra
Customs Officer Kailashnath Rathod / Mr. John

3 September 1993Gurudev
Parshu Ram

1989Toofan
Inspector Hanuman Prasad Singh

25 November 1988Dharamyudh
Badey Thakur (Zorawar Singh)

13 May 1988Sherni
Durga's dad

15 April 1988Kasam
Mangal Singh

18 September 1987Hifazat
Thakur Satyaprakash

7 February 1986Dilwaala
MLA Raj Shekhar

26 November 1985Maa Kasam
Police Inspector Kishan Lal

5 May 1985Yudh
Duputy Commisioner Saxena

26 October 1984Jagir
Mangal Singh

18 September 1984Duniya
Jugal Kishore Ahuja 'J.K.'

7 September 1984Laila
Bharat Singh

3 June 1983Souten
Raisaheb Prannath Pasha

18 February 1982Nastik
Balbir

25 December 1981Kaalia
Jailer Raghvir Singh

3 February 1981Krodhi
Archarya

11 June 1980Karz
Kabira

20 April 1978Don
Jasjit (J.J.)

17 April 1976Dus Numbri
Hawaldar Karan Singh Badshah

16 October 1975Sanyasi
Shanti Baba 'Guruji'

11 January 1975Warrant
IG of Police Mehra

6 December 1974Majboor
Michael D'Souza

1973Dharma
Sevak Singh 'Dharma'

19 October 1973Joshila
Thakur saab

30 August 1973Jugnu
Shyam

28 April 1971Adhikar
Shikari Banhe Khan Bhopali

1969Madhavi
. Dalpathi Vikram Singh

1968Aadmi
Mayadas (Aarti's father)

1965Do Dil
Kunver Pratap Singh

1962Jhoola
Dharamraj / Mirza Singapori / Rai Bahadur Shyamlal Bihari

1 January 1955Azaad
Sunder

22 March 1953Aah
Dr. Kailash

Biography

With a career spanning over sixty five years, Pran was a veteran Indian film actor who appeared in over 350 films. Born as Pran Krishan Sikand in New Delhi, Pran’s father had a transferable job, so he studied in various places such as Dehradun, Kapurthala, Meerut and Uttar Pradesh. He worked as a professional photographer before making an entry in the field of acting. Pran made his acting debut in the Punjabi movie Yamla Jat (1940). He then played minor roles in movies Chaudhary (1941) and Khajanchi (1941). He made his debut in Hindi cinema with the film Khandaan (1942). This was followed by films such as Kaise Kahoon (1945) and Khamosh Nigahen (1946). Pran was at loss of work during the time of partition. He made a comeback with the Bombay Talkies’ movie Ziddi (1948), which starred Dev Anand and Kamini Kaushal in the lead. The success of this movie helped him bag three more movies namely Grihasti (1948), Apradhi (1949) and Putli (1949). Pran’s versatility in acting was put forth by his performances in movies such as Sheesh Mahal (1950), Jashan (1955) and Adalat (1958). He is remembered for the negative characters he played in the movies Azaad (1955), Devdas (1955), Madhumati (1958), Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966), Ram Aur Shyam (1967) and Aadmi (1968). He played villainous characters in several movies that starred Dev Anand in the lead. In movies, Pooja Ke Phool (1964) and Kashmir Ki Kali (1964), his negative characters had a comical touch to them. He also shared a long standing association with actors like Kishore Kumar and Mehmood Ali. Pran was then seen in Manoj Kumar’s film Upkar (1967). He then acted in movies such as Purab Aur Paschim (1970), Be-Imaan (1972), Sanyasi (1975) and Dus Numbri (1976). During the same period, he acted in the Bengali film Sonai Dighe. Pran then starred in fourteen movies alongside Amitabh Bachchan, the popular ones being Zanjeer (1973), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Don (1978), Dostana (1980), Naseeb (1981) and Sharaabi (1984). He played occasional antagonistic roles between 1971 and 1992. Pran turned producer with the movie Lakshmanrekha (1991), which was the only movie produced by him in his entire career and acted in the same. Post 2000, he made few guest appearances in movies. With such a prolific and illustrious career, Pran was awarded three Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Awards for the movies Upkar (1967), Aansoon Ban Gaye Phool (1969) and Be – Imaan (1972), three awards by the Bengal Film Journalists’ Association and several Lifetime Achievement Awards as well. In the year 2001, he was awarded with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India and at theAt the 60th National Film Awards (2013), he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. His last screen appearance was in the film, Dosh (2007). Pran died in Mumbai at the age of 93 in 2013, and is survived by his wife, Shukla Sikand and two sons, Arvind and Sunil and one daughter, Pinky.

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