Bollywood's legendary villain actor, Pran's life in pics

Sat Jul 13 2013, 13:22 hrs
Veteran actor Pran Krishan Sikand succeeded in making himself know as the 'Godfather of villainous roles' in Bollywood. B-Town's most beloved baddie died at Lilavati Hospital at 8.30 last night pm after a prolonged illness, at the age of 93. (Express archive photo)
Veteran actor Pran Krishan Sikand succeeded in making himself know as the 'Godfather of villainous roles' in Bollywood. B-Town's most beloved baddie died at Lilavati Hospital at 8.30 last night pm after a prolonged illness, at the age of 93. (Express archive photo)
Pran was born on February 12, 1920 in Ballimaran, Kotgarh Old Delhi, to Kewal Krishan Sikand, a civil engineer and a Government contractor and his wife Rameshwari. Pran’s father was constantly transferred due to his job, as a result of which Pran studied at various places including Dehradun, Kapurthala, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh and eventually graduated from Raza High School, in Rampur. (Express archive photo)
Pran was born on February 12, 1920 in Ballimaran, Kotgarh Old Delhi, to Kewal Krishan Sikand, a civil engineer and a Government contractor and his wife Rameshwari. Pran’s father was constantly transferred due to his job, as a result of which Pran studied at various places including Dehradun, Kapurthala, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh and eventually graduated from Raza High School, in Rampur. (Express archive photo)
Initially, Pran wanted to become a professional photographer. However, destiny had other plans for him. He joined A. Das & Co., Delhi as an apprentice and traveled to Shimla for his first job, where he reprised the role of Sita in the play, Ramlila. (Express archive photo)
Initially, Pran wanted to become a professional photographer. However, destiny had other plans for him. He joined A. Das & Co., Delhi as an apprentice and traveled to Shimla for his first job, where he reprised the role of Sita in the play, Ramlila. (Express archive photo)
Pran bagged his first role in Dalsukh M. Pancholi's Yamla Jat (1940). Between 1942 to 1946, Pran had featured in 22 films in Lahore, out of which 18 were released. However, his acting career halted briefly during the partition in 1947. (Express archive photo)
Pran bagged his first role in Dalsukh M. Pancholi's Yamla Jat (1940). Between 1942 to 1946, Pran had featured in 22 films in Lahore, out of which 18 were released. However, his acting career halted briefly during the partition in 1947. (Express archive photo)
During the span of his long and prolific career, Pran played the hero from 1940-47 and later switched to villainous roles from 1942-1991. As a villain, Pran is well remembered for his initial successes like Ziddi and Bari Behan (1949) (Express archive photo)
During the span of his long and prolific career, Pran played the hero from 1940-47 and later switched to villainous roles from 1942-1991. As a villain, Pran is well remembered for his initial successes like Ziddi and Bari Behan (1949) (Express archive photo)
Check out Pran in character snapped on the sets of his film Jungal Mein Mangal (1972), in which he played the role of the retired Col. M.K. Das. (Express archive photo)
Check out Pran in character snapped on the sets of his film Jungal Mein Mangal (1972), in which he played the role of the retired Col. M.K. Das. (Express archive photo)
From 1969-1982, Pran was one of the highest paid actors surpassing most lead stars like Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Randhir and Rishi Kapoor. (Express archive photo)
From 1969-1982, Pran was one of the highest paid actors surpassing most lead stars like Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Randhir and Rishi Kapoor. (Express archive photo)
Pran was said to have shared a special relationship with Amitabh Bachchan. The duo worked together in 14 films including Amar Akbar Anthony, Kasauti, Majboor, Don, Kaalia, Naseeb, Nastik, Sharaabi, Andha Kanoon and Inquilab. Pran also played a huge role in Big B's first hit, Zanjeer. Apart from playing the villain in the film, it was Pran who recommended Amitabh Bachchan to Prakash Mehra for the character of Vijay in Zanjeer, which was earlier offered to Dev Anand and Dharmendra. (Express archive photo)
Pran was said to have shared a special relationship with Amitabh Bachchan. The duo worked together in 14 films including Amar Akbar Anthony, Kasauti, Majboor, Don, Kaalia, Naseeb, Nastik, Sharaabi, Andha Kanoon and Inquilab. Pran also played a huge role in Big B's first hit, Zanjeer. Apart from playing the villain in the film, it was Pran who recommended Amitabh Bachchan to Prakash Mehra for the character of Vijay in Zanjeer, which was earlier offered to Dev Anand and Dharmendra. (Express archive photo)
From 1950 to 1970s Pran worked on his menacing image and succeeded in bringing terror to the minds of his audience. However, with films like Pooja Ke Phool and Kashmir Ki Kali, Pran worked on reinventing himself and bringing a comical side to his characters. Seen here, Pran with Anil Kapoor. (Express archive photo)
From 1950 to 1970s Pran worked on his menacing image and succeeded in bringing terror to the minds of his audience. However, with films like Pooja Ke Phool and Kashmir Ki Kali, Pran worked on reinventing himself and bringing a comical side to his characters. Seen here, Pran with Anil Kapoor. (Express archive photo)
Directors from the 1950’s like M. V. Raman, Nanabhai Bhatt, Kalidas, Ravindra Dave, I. S. Johar, Bimal Roy cast him in a number of their films. In the sixties, Pran was seen in a number of ventures by A. Bhim Singh, Shakti Samanta, Bhappi Sonie, K. Amarnath, Nasir Hussain among others.  A still from Apna Khoon.(Express archive photo)
Directors from the 1950’s like M. V. Raman, Nanabhai Bhatt, Kalidas, Ravindra Dave, I. S. Johar, Bimal Roy cast him in a number of their films. In the sixties, Pran was seen in a number of ventures by A. Bhim Singh, Shakti Samanta, Bhappi Sonie, K. Amarnath, Nasir Hussain among others.
A still from Apna Khoon.(Express archive photo)
Throughout his career, Pran received numerous awards for his contribution to Hindi cinema. He has received three Filmfare Awards in the Best Supporting Actor category for Upkar, Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool and Be-Imaan. (Express archive photo)
Throughout his career, Pran received numerous awards for his contribution to Hindi cinema. He has received three Filmfare Awards in the Best Supporting Actor category for Upkar, Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool and Be-Imaan. (Express archive photo)
Actor Shatrughan Sinha says it was Pran's menacing eyes that made him the most dreaded Bollywood villain. “That intense gaze and menacing look was so impactful that people stopped naming their children Pran. No other actor has had such an influence over such a large population," said actor Shatrughan Sinha. The duo appeared together in Raja Aur Rana. (Express archive photo)
Actor Shatrughan Sinha says it was Pran's menacing eyes that made him the most dreaded Bollywood villain. “That intense gaze and menacing look was so impactful that people stopped naming their children Pran. No other actor has had such an influence over such a large population," said actor Shatrughan Sinha. The duo appeared together in Raja Aur Rana. (Express archive photo)
In 2001, the Government of India conferred the Padma Bhushan on Pran. This year in May, Pran received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the most prestigious award of the Indian cinema, presented by the Government of India.  Pran being honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award by Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari at his residence in Mumbai. (PTI)
In 2001, the Government of India conferred the Padma Bhushan on Pran. This year in May, Pran received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the most prestigious award of the Indian cinema, presented by the Government of India.
Pran being honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award by Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari at his residence in Mumbai. (PTI)
In 1972 when Pran was honoured for his role of constable Ram Singh in Be-Imaan, he refused to accept the award claiming that the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director should have rightly gone to Ghulam Mohammed for Pakeezah and not to the musical duo Shankar Jaikishan for Be-imaan. (Express archive photo)
In 1972 when Pran was honoured for his role of constable Ram Singh in Be-Imaan, he refused to accept the award claiming that the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director should have rightly gone to Ghulam Mohammed for Pakeezah and not to the musical duo Shankar Jaikishan for Be-imaan. (Express archive photo)
Seen here with Sanjay Khan in a still from Chand Sona. (Express archive photo)
Seen here with Sanjay Khan in a still from Chand Sona. (Express archive photo)
In 1945, Pran married Shukla Ahulia, The couple had two sons, Arvind and Sunil, and a daughter named Pinky. (Express archive photo)
In 1945, Pran married Shukla Ahulia, The couple had two sons, Arvind and Sunil, and a daughter named Pinky. (Express archive photo)
Here's a picture of Pran as he good-naturedly attempts to comb the beard on a painting of himself. (Express archive photo)
Here's a picture of Pran as he good-naturedly attempts to comb the beard on a painting of himself. (Express archive photo)
Pran seems elated as he brought in his birthday with some balloons. (Express archive photo)
Pran seems elated as he brought in his birthday with some balloons. (Express archive photo)

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