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PRAN: A heady mix of good and bad!

Friday, February 08, 2013
By Suneel V. Gaur & Rajesh V. Gaur

Veteran actor Pran celebrates his birthday on February 12. The fact remains that perhaps no other actor besides Pran could manage a career trajectory like him.

The 92-year-old was admitted to the Lilavati hospital in suburban Bandra on December 25 and continues to be there. He is, thankfully, on his way to recovery and his health is improving.

We talk of stars like Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand or directors like Asif and Bimal Roy, but Pran’s name is rarely mentioned.

Pran’s first acting job in the 1940 Punjabi film called Yamla Jat (1940) predates Dilip Kumar’s debut by four years, In spite of having started in the 1940s he remained the ultimate villain for decades. Pran was one of the first actors who emphasised on characterisation and left no stone unturned to play the perfect foil to leading men.

In 2001, Pran was honoured with the Padma Bhushan for his contribution towards cinema. We wish the actor a Happy Birthday and a speedy recovery.

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