Big B remembers remember legendary actor Pran on his 100 birth anniversary
The iconic villain and actor Pran would have lived to be a hundred on Thursday, February 13, and Shehenshah of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan took to social media to remember the late actor.
Big B shared screen space with Pran in several superhit films including Zanjeer, Kaalia, and Amar Akbar Anthony. He tweeted: "On his 100th Birth Anniversary.. Pran Saheb an ode to him ... The sophisticated elegance of dignified presence. A demeanour of a quiet un pronounced , unmistakable marked discipline. The tenderness of a considerate colleague. Soft spoken, reserved, Urdu verse literate, and all other justifiable similar sentiments, for the gentleman called Pran. And none of the above could ever be related to the kind of roles he mostly played on screen – the negative villain ! Such was the caliber of his acting prowess! This is a distinction beyond par!"
T 3440 - Pran saheb and ode .. on his 100th Birth Anniversary .. se tweet T 3440 .. pic.twitter.com/gh8H26DcJu— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) February 13, 2020
Born on February 12, 1920, in erstwhile British India's Lahore (now in Pakistan), started out in 1940 with a supporting role in the Punjabi film, Yamla Jat, Even as he tried out playing the hero in a few films including Khandaan (1942), Pilpili Saheb (1954) and Halaku (1956), he would go on to make his mark redefining Bollywood villainy through the sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties. From the start of his career till his last appearance in the 2007 release, Dosh. Pran also did some fine character roles. In a career spanning over 350 films, his performances in Madhumati (1958), Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960), Upkar (1967), Shaheed (1965), Purab Aur Paschim (1970), Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Johny Mera Naam (1970), Victoria No. 203 (1972), Be-Imaan (1972), Zanjeer (1973), Don (1978) and Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) are considered exceptional.
In 2001, the actor became a recipient of Padma Bhushan for his contributions to the arts. He was honored with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2013, the highest award in cinema conferred by the government in India. He passed away the same year at the age of 93 of old age.