Pran – First Super Star Villain of Hindi Cinema
If Pran would have been alive, he must say “TUMNE THIK HI SUNA HAI BARKHURDAR. PRANO KE BHI USUL HOTE HAI. EK DIN NIKAL HI JATE HAI PAR MARTE NAHIN. MARTA TO SHARIR HAI.”
After prolonged illness he died on Friday (09.07.2013) at Mumbai. He has worked almost in 375 films as lead hero, character artiste and villain. It is said, time would never wait for anyone but time used to be waiting for him in 60s and 70s. Meanwhile Pran made the films memorable with his extraordinary performance with real acting. The films that made Harivanshrai Bachchan’s elder son as Amitabh Bachchan – Majboor and Zanjeer. Pran made these films saleable on the box office with his incomparable styles and real performances.
Who one could have played better than Pran as Malang Chacha in Upkar, Sher Khan in Zanjeer, Jailer Raghubeer Singh in Kaalia, Kishanlal in Amar Akbar Anthony, Raka in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, Rana in Victoria No. 203, Rai Saheb in Parichay, Mohan in Kashmir Ki Kali….sorry the list is endless. Most of characters he has played become evergreen.
It was just coincidence for him to becoming an actor. One day Wali saab saw him at Pan shop and he got influenced with his way of talking and attitude and called him to Pancholi Studio. Then DM Pancholi was owner of well known production house in Lahore and Wali Saab used to work with him. Pancholi Saab so much influenced with the Pran’s style that he cast him as lead hero in Yamla Jat (1940).
After partition he came to Mumbai and so much of confident that he booked room in five star hotel Taj Mahal because he was sure he would get the job in the films. Ultimately he got the film Ziddi with help of Sahadat Ali Manto. He had been getting film offers as well as stardom. After that he never turned back.
It is also coincidence that Pran Saab died on such time when Bollywood is all set to remake his milestone film Zanjeer (1973). At the time when Pran was working in Zanjeer he was big star and Amitabh was newcomer with six flop films and this number grows up to 11 by the time film completes. But the film’s success has changed everything and prepared new background for Bachchan’s career.
Pran has worked with almost five generations in the Bollywood starting from Dilip Kumar to Salmaan Khan. I remember in my young age, that the films were a hit only by his name. Lead actors name were written on film posters in small font while his name used to be printed on bold letters of big font. This was the style. …… Actors: a,b ,c and PRAN.
Hats off to you Pran Saab. Bollywood will always remember you as good person as well as good actor who portrayed bad characters with full commitment.