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Amitabh, Gulzar, Karan Johar pay their last respects to Pran

Jul 13, 2013 11:49 AM IST India India

Mumbai: Legendary Bollywood actor Pran passed away at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. The 93-year-old veteran actor had recently received the Dadasaheb Phalke award. In a career spanning over six decades, Pran acted in over 400 films and played a vast range of roles, from a hero to a villain to a character artist.

He was the star villain who made heroes look good with his bad man act. Born Pran Krishan Sikand on February 2, 1920, in Lahore, actor Pran began his career in the camera department of Pancholi's Studio in Lahore but went on to become one of the most iconic villains of Hindi cinema.

His last rites were conducted at the electric crematorium in Dadar west around 12:30 p.m. Among the early attendees from Bollywood included veteran writer Gulzar.

Celebrities Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Karan Johar, Gulzar, Danny Denzongpa, Raza Murad, Shakti Kapoor, Tinu Anand and Anupam Kher were also present to pay their last respects.

During his long and prolific career, Pran was marked for his roles as a villain, hero and even a character artist.

Pran's film repertoire included over 400 projects in over six decades of his association with cinema.

He had not been keeping well since the past few months, and he was in and out of the hospital lately.

He is survived by his wife Shukla, sons Arvind and Sunil, and daughter Pinky, as well as his beloved grandchildren.

On May 10, he was conferred with the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement, the highest honour of Indian film industry, at his home, by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari.

(With additional inputs from IANS)