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The Industry Votes For Pran Saab

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The industry votes for Pran Saab
Almost everyone in Bollywood wants the iconic screen villain and perfect


Posted On Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 01:08:23 AM

Of the three names recommended by the Film Federation of India for the next Dadasaheb Phalke Award — the highest national honour in Indian cinema — that of veteran actor Pran figures prominently. Considering the legendary actor’s name comes up in the national awards committee almost every two years and still misses the list at the last minute, this comes as no great surprise.

Said the President of the Film Federation of India, Vinod Lamba,

“I don’t think his name has been suggested in the past but this time, we put it up. Pran is one of the greatest character actors of his times with over 250 films to his credit and unforgettable performances like Malang in Upkaar and Sher Khan
in Zanjeer.”

Indeed, the entire Hindi film industry is rooting for the actor — who made being a villain adorable, even fashionable — to win the award before it is too late.

Said Prem Chopra, who has worked with Pran in a number of films and continues to be his friend, “Don’t know why they take so long to give an award to an actor. Pran has now stopped moving out of his house. He only moves around with a walker. Besides, even Raj Kapoor was not able to walk properly to receive the trophy.” Late Dev Anand too was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award only in 2003. Word in the industry is that it is not really political connections but Bollywood rivalry that comes in the way of such honours and there is a chance that Pran may also be a victim of this.

Dilip Kumar and Pran have been friends for more than half a century and part of each other’s birthday celebrations. The thespian who has been strongly supporting Pran for the award said, “All I can say is that it will be a gross injustice if Pran is not given the award. He is not only an iconic screen villain but a gentleman in real life who gave the best years of his life to the industry. He richly deserves the honour.”

Again, some actors have been deprived of the award for other reasons. Like Suchitra Sen, who was a contender for the award for the year 2005, but the condition was if she was ready to accept it in person. Her refusal to go to Delhi and personally receive the award from the President deprived her of the award.

Dream girl Hema Malini, who too has worked with Pran, feels the actor deserves the honour. She said, “He deserves it coming from an era where he was one of the few character actors. The government delays the process and by the time they decide, the deserving people are not there to receive the award. It is sad. The government should give it to the artist when he/she is hale and hearty.”

Said Mahesh Bhatt, “It is indeed tragic that we adorn our stalwarts with medals and honours in the sunset years of their life when these cease to have any significance to them. It is heartbreaking to see them totter and crawl up to the stage to receive their award. It is time to honour our icons when they are
in the high noon of their life.”

Meanwhile, Pran’s family refused to comment saying, “We will speak when it is given to him.”


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