Biography of Pran

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Date of Birth

12 February 1920, Delhi, India

Birth Name

Pran Kewal Sikand

Height

5′ 7″ (1.70 m)

Mini Biography

Pran was born on February 12, 1920 in Delhi. He was educated at different places namely Meerut, Dehradun and Rampur. His father Lala Kewal Krishnan Sikand was a Government Civil Contractor. He got married in 1945. He has two sons and a daughter. Pran had three brothers and three sisters. He started his film career with the Punjabi movie Yamla Jat(1940) as a villain and acted in 5 movies as a villain from 1940-44. He achieved success as the leading man in Hindi film from Khandaan in 1942 and from 1942 till 1946 he played hero in 21 Punjabi films.His career as Punjabi hero ended in 1947 due to Partition. After eight months of arriving in Mumbai, Pran — with the help of writer Saadat Hasan Manto and actor Shyam — got a break as a Hindi villain in Shaheed Latif’s Ziddi(1948), starring Dev Anand and Kamini Kaushal. which gave second chance to his career. Pran took time from 1948-1954 gradually he made a name for himself and from 1954 he became in demand for playing the role of dreaded villain or soft mannered antagonist in Hindi films from and playing negative roles from 1948-1967 continuously. His first Hindi film as the lead hero was Khandaan in 1942 then after partition it was Pilpili Saheb in 1954 and later Halaku in 1956. Though these Hindi films were huge success Pran was offered more negative roles rather than hero’s role in 50’s . Upkar (1967) directed by Manoj Kumar gave him the chance to act as supporting actor in positive role and from then on he starred in movies in positive role as a father or friend of the lead hero. In 70’s he again started getting roles as the leading man and achieved success with Dharma, Jangal Mein Mangal, Gaddar, Rahu Ketu, Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara. From 1968-1992, he acted in only 9 movies as the villain and in rest of the films from 1967-2009 did positive roles. Among supporting actors he was the highest paid actor from 1969-1982. In the 70’s in the films he co-starred with them Pran was paid more than heroes like Vinod Khanna, Amitabh, Randhir, Rishi, Navin Nishcol .

IMDb Mini Biography By: alps

Mini Biography

Pran was born in a very wealthy Delhi-based Sikand family on February 12, 1920. His dad, Kewal Krishan Sikand was a renowned civil contractor, Kalsi bridge in Dehra Dun was just one of his projects.

As a child he had studied in Meerut, Kapurthala, Unao, Dehra Dun, & Rampur. He is very fond of dogs, and has always had a dog for a pet since his childhood to date.

He wanted to become a professional photographer and joined A. Das & Co. as an apprentice, for which he re-located to Simla.

It was in Simla that he landed his very first role as an actor, albeit on stage with Madan Puri, and played the role of Sita in ‘Ramleela’. He went to star in a Punjabi movie ‘Yamla Jat’ as a villain. Ironically his foray into Hindi movies started as a hero in ‘Khandaan’ opposite actress Noor Jehan.

After 1948 he re-located to Bombay and launched his career in Bollywood with ‘Ziddi’. In this manner ‘villainous Pran’ was born and went on to star in over 270 films, often as a villain, then in character roles, and is now unofficially called ‘Villain of the Millenium’.

He married Shukla in 1945, and both became parents of Arvind, who was born on August 11, 1946. Subsequently they also gave birth to Sunil and Pinky. All three are now married, while Arvind, married to Chitra, is doing business in London, and is the father of two; Sunil is married to Jyoti & has a son; Pinky is married to Vivek Bhalla, and has two children. The names of Pran’s grandchildren are Yuvraj Bhalla, Siddharth Sikand, Arjun Sikand, Swati Bijlani, and Sunaina Anand.

He states that he is satisfied with his life so much so that if he were re-born he would like to be Pran all over again.

IMDb Mini Biography By: rAjOo

Spouse
Shukla Ahluwalia (1945 – present) 3 children

 

Trivia

Ashok Kumar and Pran were best friends and have acted in 26 films together from 1951-1984 and had 20 super-hit films together.

The only actor to be paid higher than Pran was Rajesh Khanna in 1969-82 period.Rajesh Khanna was paid for various films in range of above 10 lacs in 1970, then 20-27 lakhs in 1974-77 and 30-47 lakhs in 1978-1981 and later 50-60 lakhs from 1982-1989.No other Indian lead actor was paid higher salary than Rajesh Khanna from 1970-87 and Pran’s salary was in range of 5-20 lakhs depending on his role in 1970-1982.So producers shied away from casting them together in the single projects with Khanna as solo lead hero from 1967-1982.

Pran and Amitabh have worked in 14 films and it was Pran’s presence in his films that boosted Amitbah’s career as lead hero in 1973-1980.So Pran was paid by the producers more than Amitabh in the first 6 films they did together.

In the decade of 60’s from 1960-69 he appeared in 55 Hindi movies and 5 non- Hindi movies – which is a record for an actor not playing heroes role but either character actor or a villain’s role.

His first film as a hero was Punjabi film Khandaan in 1942 opposite Noor-Jehan and first film as a villain was Punjabi film Yamla Jat in 1940. He acted in 22 Punjabi movies as leading hero from 1942-1946 and as a villain in 5 movies from 1940-44.

Pran and Ashok Kumar were close friends and have worked in 26 films together from 1952-1986.

Pran did 9 films with Shashi Kapoor as the lead hero and 7 of them were hits.In 1952 in films Sanskaar, Shahsi worked as a child artist with Pran.

Pran had done Aurat in 1967 where Rajesh Khanna was supporting actor and Parn was the main male lead and in 1971 Maryada which was a 2 hero film with Pran as villain. Pran did 6 more films with Rajesh Khanna from 1983-1987 and of them 4 were blockbusters – Jaanwar(1983), Souten, Bewafai, Durgaa and 1 film Bayen Haath Ka Khel remains unreleased and only one film Goraa was a flop.

Prakash Mehra casted Pran in pivotal roles in 9 directorial ventures of his.

Shammi Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar’s career began in late 50’s and ended in early 1970’s but Pran continued to get pivotal roles.

His children were sent to boarding school in their fifth standard.

Only wish of his in 70’s which was not fulfilled was working in a film with Rajesh Khanna solo lead hero in few films in 70’s.They worked in 6 hits films- Aurat(1967), Maryada, Jaanwar, Souten, Bewafai,Durgaa and their delayed release Goraa was a flop and Bayen Hath Ka Khel was never released.

Pran’s first car in India was a Hillman.

Pran had three brothers and three sisters.

Pran’s first ever acting role was Sita to Madan Puri’s Ram in Shimla, at a local Ramlila in 1938.

Ashok Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Prakash Mehra, Shashi Kapoor, Kishore Kumar and Dilip Kumar were very close friends of Pran.

Pran was an avid collector of smoke pipes. He also had a fascination of collecting walking sticks, some of which had hidden swords.

Pran has acted in a television series called Baap Se Bada Rupaiya, on Doordarshan.

Pran wanted to be a photographer and was working in a shop in Shimla where he learned photography from 1936-39. Then he went to Lahore, and that’s where he got his first break.

Pran did not tell his father that he was shooting for a movie, as he thought his father would not permit him to have an acting career. When his first interview appeared in a newspaper, Pran asked his sisters to hide the papers. When his father finally learned of his career, he was not upset as Pran had expected.

After eight months of arriving in Mumbai, Pran — with the help of writer Saadat Hasan Manto and actor Shyam — got a role in Shaheed Latif’s Ziddi(1948), starring Dev Anand and Kamini Kaushal.

After partition, He got a break in Ziddi (1948). Pran was offered a mere sum of Rs 500 as his first remuneration for Zidd. Within a week of its release, he signed three more movies. S M Yusuf’s Grihasti, Prabhat Films’s Apradhi and Wali Mohammad Wali’s Putli.

According to Pran, one of the most precious things he lost in the Partition was his dog. When Pran became popular, he would name his dogs Bullet, Whisky and Soda.

Before Pran came to Mumbai, he had already acted in 22 films as a hero between 1942-46. Due to the Partition, his career had a brief pause.

When Pran came to Mumbai, he stayed at the Taj Mahal hotel. As he had no work, money started running out, and the family had to shift to smaller and smaller hotels. Finally, they had to stay in a guest house. And then rented houses till 1954. Pran rented a two bedroom flat in Pali Hill and for some years he lived in Mazagaon, central Mumbai. When Pran’s youngest daughter was three, he bought a bungalow in Union Park, Bandra.

Khandaan in 1942 was Pakistani singer Noorjehan’s first film as a heroine and Pran’s first film as hero. Though the film was a super-hit, Pran shied away from lead roles.

Pran started his career in 1939 even before Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar entered the film industry.

The first film Dilip Kumar and Pran did together was Azaad. They became very close friends then, as they shot for three months in Coimbatore.

In his first job as photographer, Pran earned a monthly salary of Rs 200. He gave up the job to act in films for Rs 50 a month in Yamla Jat.

Pran played his first double role in Jangal Mein Mangal.

After coming to Mumbai, Pran’s first film was Ziddi, where the leading lady was Kamini Kaushal. When Kamini Kaushal became a character actress in Shaheed, Pran also shifted to positive roles for the first time.

In the film Shaheed in 1965, two famous villains of the time Pran and Prem Chopra played positive roles. Pran did the role for a pittance, as he was a close friend of actor Manoj Kumar.

Pran had insisted his wife leave Lahore because of the unrest in early 1947 so she stayed with her sister in Indore.

Though he was already very popular in 1940-1945 , he had to establish himself again after partition. So he struggled from 1948-1950.

Stopped working in movies when he had a heart problem in 1998. That was the first time he was ever admitted in hospital in his life for health reasons.Earlier Pran met with an accident while shooting for Dus Numbri when he was 56 years old then as he insisted on jumping 15 feet and broke his ankle.

In 1972, Pran refused to accept his Filmfare award for the Best Supporting Actor in Be-Imaan because he felt music composer Ghulam Mohammed deserved a Filmfare award for his songs in Pakeezah.

While shooting for a sequence in Bobby, Pran almost drowned in a river. Fortunately, he managed to get hold of a rock and saved himself.

During the casting of Bobby, Raj Kapoor couldn’t afford Pran’s fee which was in range of 5-10 lakhs in 1970-75 period. Pran agreed to do the film with a signing amount of Re 1.

Pran was very fond of watching cricket and was close friends with former West Indies captain Sir Frank Worrell.

Pran was not greatly interested in studies. He studied till the tenth standard and did not feel the need to study further.

He worked with B R Chopra only once in Afsana, which was Chopra’s directorial debut. As Pran’s fee was very high in 1969-1982 and for a supporting actor he was not ready to shell out and thought of investing more in hero and rest of cast.For same reason Shakti Samanta, Yash Chopra and small budget film-makers did no work with Pran from 1969-82.

Pran has worked in a Telugu film called Tandra Paparayudu in 1986 and in a Kannada film Hosa Raaga in 1991.

Pran was casted in films with Amitabh, Vinod Khanna, Navin Nishchol, Shatrughan Sinha, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor from 1972-1980 as these co-stars who were lead heroes of the film had to be paid lesser than Pran and role of Pran was pivotal to the plot and Pran was paid more than these co-stars.

Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar’s career as lead heroes went downhill after 1965, but Pran continued to look younger and got plum roles in projects in 60’s. Dev Anand and Pran who started working together in 1948 continued to work till 1978 together as they both looked 25 years younger than their real age.

Pran started his own distribution office in Delhi.

Pran worked with director Shibu Mitra in 8 films and all were successful.

S.K.Kapur directed Pran in 6 films and had only 2 flops.

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