“Itna sannata kyun hai bhai”?,the iconic dialogue of A K Hangal in ‘Sholay’ was recalled today on the death of the veteran actor as the film fraternity and political leaders hailed him as the “marathon man” of Hindi Cinema.
The Bollywood industry said Hangal’s demise brought a moment of ‘sannata’ (silence). The dialogue in the Hindi blockbuster was mouthed by Hangal’s visually impaired character Rahim Chacha in an emotional scene where silent villagers look on while a horse carries the dead body of his son killed by Gabbar Singh portrayed by Amjad Khan.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and several chief ministers paid rich tributes to the grand old man of Hindi cinema,saying 95-year-old Hangal’s death has left a void which will be difficult to fill.
“Indian cinema has lost a towering personality,who was also a highly endearing human being. I convey my heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family,” BJP leader L K Advani said condoling the death of “Hangal Sahab”. BJP President Nitin Gadkari described Hangal as a seasoned actor of the Indian film industry.
“A K Hangal no more. An era comes to an end. Theatre and films were enriched by him. Funeral at 1 PM near Pavan Hans opp Nanavati hospital,” actress Shabana Azmi wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Filmmaker ShekHar Kapur tweeted,”A K Hangal. Lifetime dedicated to the art of acting in theatre. Will always be remembered by his films.”
Veteran actor Anupam Kher tweeted,”The Marathon Man of Hindi Cinema reaches the final winning post. We will miss you Hangal Saab. RIP.”
Ashmit Patel tweeted,”A moment of ‘sannata’ for the grand ol’ man of Indian cinema. #RIP AK Hangal Sahab.”
Hangal had amazing talent of creativity in acting,said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,adding his death has caused an irreparable loss to the film industry.,
“We have lost a strong artist and actor”,said Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
In his condolence message,Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said,”Hangal was a Punjabi who left an indelible mark on the Indian cinema through his offbeat performance and charismatic personality and would be ever remembered by one and all for his unique performance both in Hindi films and TV serials.”
B-towns’s favourite grandpa no more; Hangal cremated
With prayers on their lips,friends and family members bid a tearful adieu to distinguished character actor A K Hangal at his funeral in .
Incidentally,none of the prominent Bollywood personalities attended Hangal’s last rites,performed by his son Vijay at the Pawan Hans crematorium in Vile Parle,Mumbai,at around 1 PM.
“It’s a great loss… I am saddened by his demise. He was very happy and lively about his work and life. I can’t talk much now,” Hangal’s son Vijay said.
Character artists including Rakesh Bedi,Raza Murad,Avatar Gill,singer-actress Ila Arun and a few others were seen at the crematorium uniting in grief at the demise of the man who played the role of grandfather,father,uncle or friend to various actors.
Hangal passed away early this morning due to brief illness aggravated by a fracture in his thigh bone at Asha Parekh Hospital in suburban Mumbai. He was 98.
“Though he was out of sight as he was not working in movies,he was not out of mind. He was my guru… he was an institution… I have learnt a lot from him,” Raza Murad said.
“He has worked with all superstars but it is sad that no big star from the industry came here today,” he said. “He lived like a king. He was very active. He was never disheartened when he was out of work and money. He was not only an actor… he was a freedom fighter. It’s a great loss,” Ila Arun said.
Hangal is survived by his 74-year-old son Vijay as his wife Manorama predeceased him.
The family was living in penury before several celebrities from the film industry chipped in with funds after news of the veteran actor’s failing health broke out last
Hangal is remembered for some of the most heart-rending performances in ‘Sholay’,’Shaukeen’,’Namak Haram’,’Guddi’,’Bawarchi’,’Lagaan’ and others.
He received the prestigious Padma Bhushan honour for his contribution to Hindi Cinema in 2006. Hangal’s journey to filmdom was not a cake walk. He had heard of Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) while he was in Pakistan and was quite impressed by their work of spreading social messages through plays.
After the partition,Hangal chose to stay back in Pakistan but he was arrested because of his communist ideologies. He even spent two years in jail,later he was asked to go to India.
At the age of 21,he came to the city of dreams,Mumbai,with Rs 20 in his pocket. Later he started doing plays with Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA).
It was Balraj Sahni and Chetan Anand who saw his stage work and encouraged him to join Hindi cinema. Hangal was not interested in movies,but destiny had
already planned a ‘filmi’ journey of his life.
When he was in his 40s,director Basu Chatterjee offered him to play Raj Kapoor’s brother in ‘Teesri Kasam’ (1966). Though he was not keen on doing the film but then too he shot,later only to find out that the scene was chopped.
But after that there was no looking back as he played the doting father,uncle and friend to actors like Rajesh Khanna,Jaya Bachchan,Hema Malini,Rekha,Sunny Deol and others. He recently shot for TV Series ‘Madhubala’.
Amitabh Bachchan condoles AK Hangal’s death
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan,who worked with AK Hangal in the iconic film ‘Sholay’,remembered the character actor as a gentleman and congenial co-artist.
Hangal,95,passed away in Mumbai this morning following a brief illness aggravated by a fracture in his thigh bone.
“AK Hangal,passes away this morning!! A veteran,a gentleman,a congenial co artist and a master at his work,” he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Hangal is most fondly remembered as Rahim Chacha from the film ‘Sholay’,in which Bachchan played one of the main leads.
It was in ‘Sholay’ that Hangal uttered the dialogue,”Itna sannata kyon hai,bhai?”,which went on to become one of the most popular lines in Hindi cinema.
Advani,Gadkari condole Hangal’s death
BJP leaders L K Advani and Nitin Gadkari described veteran Bollywood actor A K Hangal,who died today,as one of the most admired character artistes of Hindi cinema.
“Hangal sahab represented the best traditions of Bollywood–its power to capture human pathos,its matchless capacity to promote national unity and integration and,of course,its ability to provide healthy entertainment to the masses,” he said.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of A K Hangal,one of the most admired character artistes of Hindi cinema,” Advani said in his message.
He said that the actor had played diverse roles in films,and excelled in all of them.
“…Indian cinema has lost a towering personality,who was also a highly endearing human being. I convey my heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family,” he said.
BJP President Nitin Gadkari also expressed his grief over the demise of the actor.
In a condolence message,Gadkari described Hangal as a seasoned actor of the Indian film industry who made a mark in character roles during his career.