On The 100th Birthday of Pran, Amitabh Bachchan Dedicates An Ode

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1 day after the 100th birth anniversary of late Indian legendary actor Pran, Amitabh Bachchan pays an “ode” with whom he shared the big screen on multiple occasions throughout the 70s and 80s.

Big B and Pran worked together in a number of movies like Guddi (1971), Zanjeer (1973), Kasauti (1974), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Don (1978), Ganga Ki Saugand (1978), Dostana (1980), Kaalia (1981), Naseeb (1981), Andha Kanoon (1983), Nastik (1983), Sharaabi (1984), Shahenshah (1988), Jaadugar (1989), Toofan (1989), Tere Mere Sapne (1996) and Mrityudaata (1997). Many of these movies were blockbusters.

As Amitabh Bachchan paid ode to Pran he wrote “The sophisticated elegance of dignified presence. A demeanour of a quiet unpronounced, unmistakable marked discipline. The tenderness of a considerate colleague. Soft spoken, reserved, Urdu verse literate, and all other justifiable similar sentiments, for the gentleman called Pran”.

In the same he adds, “And none of the above could ever be related to the kind of roles he mostly played on screen – the negative villain! Such was the caliber of his acting prowess! This is a distinction beyond par!”.

Pran had a 60 year long career and worked in over 400 movies. Throughout his career he shared screen with some of the leading actors of their times like Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna, Dilip Kumar, and Raj Kapoor. Today, Amitabh Bachchan even shared a tweet with three photos with Pran. One from the movie Don (1978) and another from Zanjeer (1973). The third photo in the tweet comes from the stage that the two actors shared at the launch event of “. . . and Pran: A Biography”, biography book of Pran in 2004.

Pran was honoured with Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour in India, in 2001. He was also awarded with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2013. Pran died on the 12th July 2013, at the age of 93.

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