The Award for ‘Best Actor in negative Role’ goes to…

In Art, Thoughts, Writing on February 3, 2011 at 12:05 am

This is a recent development. Almost all Award functions introduces the best performing actor in grey shades as “Best Actor in negative Role” particularly in India. It wasn’t so earlier. These award for this category was introduced as  ‘Award for best Villain’. I believe there is nothing wrong with that. If you happen to see old Hindi/Bollywood movie. The prominent names among villains are likes of Ajit, Jeevan …and Pran. Their acting were so lively, often people misunderstood them to be BAD MAN in real life too.

But my heart goes to the most villainous character of the all Pran Krishan Sikand. Not only I feared him but hated him a lot. Later when I had senses, it was “what an acting Pran sahab ! “.

Born in old Delhi, he started working in films at Lahore (now in Pakistan). Performed in some 22 films before shifting to Bombay (Now Mumbai) in 1947 post Indo-Pak partition. Here also, not unlike all actors he had to struggle for films. Got his first break in Movie Ziddi. And his full of life acting made him an overnight star. A favorite villain for all directors and producers in bollywood. A villain whom people hated from the very core of their heart.  His reel life became so prominent that, people on the street would run away on his sight. In later half of his 6 decades of association with bollywood Pran chose to do character roles. And the hits came along. Don, Zanjeer, Amar Akbar Anthony and lots more.  People close to Pran often admire his dedication to the work.

Few of the Awards in his armory:

  • 1973 Best Actor of the Decade — for Zanjeer By Uttar Pradesh Film Journalists Association

  • 1977-78  Most Versatile Actor            Bombay Film Award
  • 1980     Shiromani Award for outstanding Motion Picture Performance – By The Vice President of India
  • 2000   Hero Honda “Villain of the Millennium” for best Actor in Negative role – Hero Honda Stardust Salute to Indian Cinema Millennium Honours
  • 2000  Life time Achievement Award – Screen Awards.
  • March 2001  Padmabhushan –  The Govt of India


Pran is undoubtedly the living legend of Indian Cinema. Read his biography “…and Pran

...and Pran

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  1. Simply Brilliant..he was FAB..
    His partnership with BIG B is legendary to say the least..
    It’s said that in 60s n 70s parents stopped naming thr kids ‘Pran’ 😛

    • True,
      Pran and later Prem… Prem naam hai mera… Prem Chopra… 😀
      Thanks to sallu bhai for crystallizing the Image of name ‘Prem’.

  2. is that right narendra?

    pran was a legend no doubt….awesom acting. u dont get to see acting like that no more 😦

  3. True … Just check out the penultimate para of the Career section.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pran

  4. Hey Rajiv,
    How can we not be who we pretend to be?

    Their acting were so lively, often people misunderstood them to be BAD MAN in real life too.

    I spent eight years of my life working in the cosmetic industry, and what I learned from this association is that they were all so vain that I couldn’t stand them. I was a little person, a lowly sales manager at Max Factor, and to this day, 50+ years later, I still disdain the acting crowd.
    Hope all is well with you today.

    Friday or Saturday I will post my San Francisco entree into cosmetic sales, and family dilemma over one of my grandchildren. Peace, Charlie

  5. Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is great, let alone the content!

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