Veteran Hindi actor Pran,who essayed many iconic villainous as well as character roles,was on Friday conferred the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.
The 93-year-old Pran Krishan Sikand who delighted movie-goers with his style and elan acted in over 400 movies during his six-decade-long career. He provided the perfect foil to leading men like Dilip Kumar,Dev Anand,Raj Kapoor in the 1950s and 1960s which made him Hindi cinemas popular villain.
His performances in films like Zanjeer,Devdas,Milan,Madhumati and Ram Aur Shyam gave him cult status. After portraying many roles with negative shades,Pran formed a hit partnership with Amitabh Bachchan and gave blockbuster hits like Zanjeer,Don,Amar Akbar Anthony and Kaalia.
Born in 1920 in old Delhi,Pran ventured into photography first,taking up the job as an apprentice with a photo studio in Delhi after finishing school. A chance meeting with a film producer transformed his life and he entered the world of cinema with a Punjabi movie Yamla Jat in 1940. After Partition,he moved to Bombay.
With the help of the famous writer Saadat Hasan Manto and actor Shyam,Pran got a break in the Bombay Talkies film Ziddi which had Dev Anand in the lead role. The film brought him to limelight in the film industry and there was no looking back after that.
His impressive performances have bestowed an entirely unique new dimension to the negative and character roles in Hindi cinema. His contribution to mainstream Hindi cinema is well recognized,assuring him the place of one of the most illustrious and celebrated actors of Indian film industry, a government statement said,announcing the honour.