Politicians, film fraternity and people from different walks of life mourned the death of veteran Bollywood actor Pran on Friday.
Bollywood actor Pran, who strode the film industry like a colossus for decades essaying roles of mostly villains in the silver screen whom generations of cine goers would love to hate, died on Friday here. He was 93.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "Sad to know of demise of legendary actor Pran. He will be remembered for generations. Condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace."
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj SIngh Chouhan said: "An era ended with departure of legendary actor Shri Pran. May his soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to the grieving family.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj said: "With the sad demise of Shri Pran, the country has lost an artist par excellence."
Former chief election commissioner SY Quraishi tweeted: "A ferocious villain on screen, a perfect gentleman in real life. RIP Pran Sahib. Another icon gone. End of an era."
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted: "Can't get over the ICONIC PRANSAAB's demise, MalangChacha of UPKAR,Sherkhan of ZANJEER Simply Unforgettable Memories Part of Life Now."
Reacting to Pran's death, Bollywood actor Boman Irani posted on his Twitter page: "And Pran Saab is no more.Generations will never forget. That is your legacy."
Filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted: "RIP PranSaab.....truly the end of a maginficent and glorious era....he was a gentleman superstar and heaven is blessed today....Funeral for PranSaab at 12 noon tomorrow...Saturday the 13th... at the Shivaji Park electric crematorium."
Actor Arjun Rampal said: "RIP Pran Saab, you immortalised so many characters, was fortunate to play one of them. You live in my heart forever."
Condoling the actor's death, actress Dia Mirza posted: "6 decades of entertainment, over 400 hundred films...STALWART #RipPransaab."
Actress Chitrangada Singh said: "It feels like one is losing a generation of that has lived a glorious era ... RIP Praan saab .. God bless the soul ."
Pran breathed his last Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai where he was admitted for months now.
The actor will be given funeral on Saturday at the Shivaji Park.
Pran or Pran Kishan Sikand was conferred the highest film honour of India, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for his lifetime achievement this year at his home since he was ailing, while throughout his acting career he received many accolades, including several Filmfare awards.
Pran's performances have received acclaim in films like Azaad, Madhumati, Devdas, Dil Diya Dard Liya, Ram Aur Shyam, Aadmi, Ziddi, Munimji, Amar Deep, Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Aah, Chori Chori, Jagte Raho, Chhalia, Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai, Zanjeer etc. The list is long.
Born in the year 1920 in Old Delhi into an affluent Punjabi family, Pran started his career way back in 1940.
He has acted in over 400 films in a career spanning six decades. And in each one of them, he brought new mannerism and style, holding the audience spell bound by his acting.
In 2001, the Government of India had honoured Pran with the Padma Bhushan award.
He played the leading man in films like Khandaan (1942), Pilpili Saheb (1954) and Halaku (1956).
His roles in the films like Madhumati (1958), Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960), Upkar (1967), Shaheed (1965), Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool (1969), Johny Mera Naam (1970), Victoria No. 203 (1972), Be-Imaan (1972), Zanjeer (1973), Don (1978) and Duniya (1984) are considered to be among his best performances.