When 'Barkhurdaar' Pran helped Kapil Dev

Posted By:
Subscribe to Oneindia News

Indian Cinema's most beloved villian and the only Sher Khan of the Bollywood, Pran Krishan Sikand is no more. The veteran actor was born on February 12, 1920, in Ballimaran, Kotgarh Old Delhi. His career span was around six decades long during which he has acted in over 400 films.

The demise of Pran at the age of 93 has left an irreplaceable void in the Indian Cinema, who, despite acted as villain in most of the films, remains a darling among the masses.

When 'Barkhurdaar' Pran helped Kapil Dev

One of the most celebrated actors of the film industry, Pran made his Bollywood debut in 1942 with "Khandaan" and then he went on to give various power-packed performances and a history was created. Madhumati, Milan, Aurat, Bari Behen, Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai, Half Ticket, Upkar, 'Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool'', Be-Imaan. Purab Aur Paschim, Don, Zanjeer and Amar, Akbar, Anthony are some of his films in which he acted flawlessly and with elan.

The versatile actor appeared in over 400 films between 1940s and 1990s in his prolific career and played both positive and negative roles with equal passion.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>Pran sahib RIP. We have lost another legend but his memory and massive impact will live on. I pray he is at peace.</p>— soha ali khan (@sakpataudi) <a href="https://twitter.com/sakpataudi/statuses/355934974731493378">July 13, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>Another legend Pran Saahab leaves us. RIP.</p>— Madhuri Dixit-Nene (@MadhuriDixit1) <a href="https://twitter.com/MadhuriDixit1/statuses/355906728073764866">July 13, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>if you disliked pran when you were growing up and if you liked him in later years, it means he was a good actor both times!</p>— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) <a href="https://twitter.com/bhogleharsha/statuses/355902504480948224">July 13, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>Thank you for the memories Pran Saab. You will live forever in our hearts. RIP.</p>— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) <a href="https://twitter.com/juniorbachchan/statuses/355823991073685504">July 12, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>It's such a loss for cinema..wish I had had the chance to know him.leaving a legacy that will stay with Indian cinema forever.RIP Pran saheb</p>— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) <a href="https://twitter.com/priyankachopra/statuses/355762365117108224">July 12, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>Today we have lost a legend, a gem and an iconic actor. We will miss you. RIP Pran Saheb.</p>— Sridevi Boney Kapoor (@SrideviBKapoor) <a href="https://twitter.com/SrideviBKapoor/statuses/355747599141187584">July 12, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>R.I.P Pran Saheb ! Did not know him personally but heard he was a perfect gentleman with a heart of gold ! May your soul rest in Peace...</p>— Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) <a href="https://twitter.com/realpreityzinta/statuses/355738735477915648">July 12, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>"I convey my heartfelt condolences to the the bereaved family and Pran's countless fans and admirers. I pray for peace of the departed soul"</p>— Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) <a href="https://twitter.com/PMOIndia/statuses/355738374184763392">July 12, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>Final Curtain Call for one of the Most Loved Actors of Indian Cinema. An Actor & A Gentleman. Pran Saab- We will miss you & your Warmth.RIP</p>— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnupamPkher/statuses/355736503080591360">July 12, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>RIP “<a href="https://twitter.com/ndtvfeed">@ndtvfeed</a>: Legendary actor Pran dies at 93 <a href="http://t.co/qSkEQgrnVz">http://t.co/qSkEQgrnVz</a> (video)”</p>— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) <a href="https://twitter.com/sonamakapoor/statuses/355728568157863936">July 12, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>Sad to know of demise of legendary actor Pran. He will be remembered for generations. Condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.</p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/statuses/355726177916293120">July 12, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The actor who garnered public admiration for various negative roles, he portrayed on the celluloid, was very much unlike his onscreen personality. There is an other side of Pran's life that many people are not aware of.

Pran was such an avid lover of cricket, that he even agreed to finance Indian cricketer Kapil Dev's training trip! The incident happened when he got to know that BCCI has refused to finance Kapil Dev's training trip to Australia.

Later the former Captain of Indian cricket team Kapil Dev said, "Pran Saab always felt that I had the potential of becoming a good player. So he wrote a nasty letter to the board and said, ‘If you don't pay for his training, I'll pay it.' Miraculously, the board decided to finance me and I underwent the required training - all thanks to Pran Saab."

Few people know that Pran wanted to become a professional photographer, but destiny had other plans for him.

In 2001, the Government of India conferred the Padma Bhushan on him. In 2013, he became a proud receiver of the most prestigious award of the Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

While millions of his fans mourn him, the late actor Pran's favourite line, "Barkhurdaar" will always remain alive in the hearts of his fans. Recently, he gave his hand print for "Legend's Walk", a waterfront promenade in Bandra.

After fighting a prolonged illness, Pran passed away at 8.30pm on July 12. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

OneIndia News

Please Wait while comments are loading...