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Don, Zanjeer, Johny Mera Naam: Bollywood's FAV Pran films

July 16, 2013 16:00 IST

Don, Zanjeer, Johny Mera Naam: Bollywood's FAVE Pran films

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Subhash K Jha in Patna

A Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, Pran was a prolific actor with over 300 films to his credit.

The vetern actor, who passed away on July 12, had many admirers in the film fraternity too, including his costar in several hits, Amitabh Bachchan.

Some of Bollywood's contemporary stars list their favourite Pran films. Click through the slide show, and list your own favourite Pran movies as well.

Sujoy Ghosh

I've loved so many of Pran's films like Half Ticket, Victoria 203, Nanha Farishta, Don and Kasauti.


Arjun Rampal

Sher Khan in Zanjeer was undoubtedly the most memorable Pran performance
He was the only actor who could match Amitab Bachchan's stature on screen.

Gulshan Grover

Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai would be my pick. The nuances made the performance remarkably subtle.

Actually, I am a huge fan of Pransaab’s work and it’s difficult for me to pick one. I’ve had the rare honour of watching his films not only in the theatre but also on 30 VHS tapes. A fan had made these tapes for him.


Image: Pran in Don. Inset: Sujoy Ghosh


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'Pran was a legend who could match any superstar on screen'

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Bejoy Nambiar

The obvious choice would be Sher Khan in Zanjeer.

I really liked him Naseeb, Amar Akbar Anthony, Johny Mera Naam and his cameo in Guddi. He was a legend who could match any superstar on screen.


Image: Pran in Zanjeer. Inset: Bejoy Nambiar


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'Pransaab was never short of brilliant'

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Aanand L Rai

Where do I begin? Pransaab was never short of brilliant, be it in Upkar, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, Parichay or Madhumati.

To single out any one performance would be doing injustice to the greatness of this actor. 

Sudhir Mishra

Johny Mera Naam and Zanjeer are my favourite Pran films. 


Image: Pran in Jis Des Mein Ganga Behti Hai. Inset: Aanand L Rai


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'Pran's character in Upkar was very inspiring'

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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

It's be Upkar for me. His character was very inspiring and he played it with élan.

Rahul Dholakia

Pransaab played a very interesting jailor named Raghuveer Singh in Kaalia


Prasoon Joshi

For me, it would be Upkar. Thanks to Manoj Kumar, it widened Pransaab’s range. The film revolved around his physically disabled character. It's a timeless film.


Image: Pran in Upkar. Inset: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra


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'Pran was terrifying in Madhumati'

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Shoojit Sircar

He was positively terrifying in Madhumati.

I hated him. That sequence where he rides a horse through the market was chilling.


Pritish Nandy

My favourite Pran performance is from Madhumati. No one played the villain the way he did. He should have stuck to that and not changed tracks to character acting.

He made villainy cool. He was the best villain we ever had.


Image: Pran in Madhumati. Inset: Shoojit Sircar


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'Pran could create terror with his piercing gaze and booming voice'

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Raza Murad

Kehar Singh in Shaheed is one of Pransaab's standout performances. He appears on screen as a ruthless, illiterate and condemned prisoner who has no interest in the freedom struggle of his fellow prisoners but he undergoes a change of heart as he witnesses their plight.

Before going to the gallows, he expresses a desire to shake hands with a 'shareef  aadmi' like Bhagat Singh.

Pransaab performed this scene without tearing up yet the audience could feel his emotions.

Spine-chilling in his evil persona onscreen, he could create terror with his piercing gaze and booming voice.

His contribution to Hindi cinema is unparalleled. His presence was an asset to every film.

Few people know that he was a sports enthusiast in real life. He was punctual dedicated committed highly emotional, a true friend and a bankable actor.


Image: Pran in Shaheed. Inset: Raza Murad


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