Dipen Guhawrote on May 24 2009 11:50PM
Even at this age of 89, when the typed voice sounds " Barkhurdar", you can earmark Pran, the legend character-actor in Indian cine-world. Pran Sikand was born on February 20, 1920 at Hoshiarpur in Punjab. In mid 30s young Pran was discovered by a story-writer in Lahore and brought to a Punjabi film-maker who launched Pran in his debut film " Yamala Jaath", a Punjabi film, followed by three other films. The negative roles in these films established Pran as a villain. His first Hindi film was "Khandan", but came into prominence through "Ziddi" in '48. The hero was Dev Anand. Henceforth, there was no looking back for Pran. In nasal voice Pran typically minced his dialogues in order to add to the knavish attitude of the character he would portray. "Aag","Aadmi", "Dil Diya Dard Liya", "Munimji",' Chori Chori", An Evening in Paris"'"Love in Tokyo" "Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon","Mere Sanam","Do Badan", "Gumnam","Tum Hasin Mayen Jawan"---the space cannot accommodate. Enumerable characters with diverse manners, gestures, identities, traits and looks, Pran has created with impeccable dexterity and competance. The "Bad-Man" impression became too imprinted in the Nation's mind to be obliterated. The result was that for nearly three decades no child was christened as "Pran". It was Manoj Kumar who unearthed Pran's antitesis. "Shaheed" was the trial. In this film, Pran was a convict to be hanged. His brief presence left an abiding impression on the audience. Then came "Upkar" in which Manoj Kumar put the branded rogue into the matrix of a real good man. Pran gave the lips for the unforgetable song "Kasme Vade Pyar Bafa saab..." that brought tears tnto our eyes. His "Sher Khan" in "Zanjeer" is one of the best portrayals in Indian Cinema.
Pran's appearence on the screen is so striking and dynamic that often for the hero it was a close encouter of the Pran's kind. It was Ravana for whom Rama was glorified. Likewise, it was Pran, the "Ravana" of Indian movies, who added glories to many heroes the "Ramas" on the silver-screen.