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Bollywood bids goodbye to legendary villain Pran

Jul 13, 2013 11:38 PM IST India India

Mumbai: He was one of Bollywood's legendary villains. Pran was cremated in mumbai on Saturday - and his Bollywood family joined in for the last rites. A Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, legendary villain Pran Krishan Sikand, breathed his last on Friday night, at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. He was 93.

Pran was admitted on the 30th of May after he complained of uneasiness in breathing. Prior to that too, the actor had been in and out of the hospital due to respiratory problems. On Saturday morning, his body was taken in an ambulance from the suburban hospital to Mumbai's Shivaji Park Crematorium for the last rites.

Friends and well wishers from the industry including Amitabh Bachchan, Gulzar, Shatrughan Sinha, Karan Johar, Anupam Kher, Shakti Kapoor and Danny Denzongpa, visited Shivaji Park to pay their last respects to the iconic actor.

"Pran ji was a versatile actor and his contribution to the industry which is 100 years old has been immense," said actor Shatrughan Sinha. Raj Babbaradded: "He was one of the finest actors to have graced the silver screen."

Suresh Oberoi, meanwhile, confessed he grew watching Pran. "I was his fan since my childhood. When I did a small role with him in my early days in the industry he was extremely encouraging and even though I didn't want to push him in the scene he explained that it was only playacting," he said.

An actor the audience loved to fear, Pran had received the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award in May this year for his unparalled contribution to Hindi Cinema. With a career spanning over five decades, a filmography of over 350 films, Pran's career is unparalled.