WE DON’T MAKE THE LIKES OF PRAN ANYMORE: AMITABH BACHCHAN
“A gentleman of the finest order, an admirable colleague and a considerate human” is how Amitabh Bachchan described Pran, his co-star of many films, who passed away on recently after a prolonged illness at the age of 93. “A gentleman of the finest order…an admirable colleague….a thorough professional .. a master of disguise in the characters he played .. a delightful companion after ‘office hours’ .. and a considerate human,” Bachchan wrote on his blog in his tribute to Pran.
“Pran Saheb….! Another stalwart leaves us, and this massive and imposing Film Industry edifice, tottering by the removal of the giant pillars that held it up, suffers another deathly blow…. ‘At this time of our lives’, as a close relative once sadly said ‘we do not make friends any more, we lose them’!
“What shall remain thankfully, shall be the immense volume of documented work that they leave behind, a work that has been laboured sweated and bloodied over years and years of harsh and severe commitment! We don’t make the likes of them anymore…,” Bachchan wrote.
Bollywood’s famous villain was instrumental in getting Bachchan his career’s first hit ‘Zanjeer’, which also saw him giving one of the finest performances of his career as Sher Khan.
Bachchan, who worked with Pran in films like ‘Amar Akbar Anthon’y, ‘Kasauti’, ‘Majbor’, ‘Don’, ‘Kaalia’, ‘Naseeb’, ‘Nastik’, ‘Sharaabi’, ‘Andha Kanoon’ and ‘Inquilab’, said the veteran actor was a thorough professional. They last worked together in’Mrityudaata’ where Pran had a cameo role.
Bollywood’s famous villain was instrumental in getting Amitabh Bachchan his career’s first hit ‘Zanjeer’, which also saw him giving one of the finest performances of his career as Sher Khan.
Shah Rukh Khan : Why do icons who shaped our lives and emotions have to go away? U will sir, remain etched in our hearts. Allah bless ur soul Pran Sahib.
Dilip Kumar : I can never forget how Pran managed to come to my marriage, braving bad weather in Srinagar where he was shooting…My dear friend Pran liked to talk to me on the phone till recently. Saira and I visited him whenever we could..
Abhishek Bachchan : Thank you for the memories Pran Saab. You will live forever in our hearts. RIP. Meanwhile, his father Amitabh Bachchan, who has worked with Pran in many movies, wrote a touching blog post for Pran (see box).
Priyanka Chopra : It’s such a loss for cinema..wish I had had the chance to know him.leaving a legacy that will stay with Indian cinema forever.RIP Pran saheb.
Celina Jaitley : Rest in Peace Pran saab …Back in heaven where the biggest director directs..know that we’ll always love u..Respects
Soha Ali Khan : Pran sahib RIP. We have lost another legend but his memory and massive impact will live on. I pray he is at peace.
Sridevi : Today we have lost a legend, a gem and an iconic actor. We will miss you. RIP Pran Saheb.
Anupam Kher : Final Curtain Call for one of the Most Loved Actors of Indian Cinema. An Actor & A Gentleman. Pran Saab- We will miss you & your Warmth.RIP
Ehsaan Noorani : RIP Pran sir always loved your work.
Arjun Rampal: RIP Pran Saab, you immortalised so many characters, was fortunate to play one of them. You live in my heart forever.
Manoj Bajpayee : May pran saab’s soul rest in peace!in an industry of hero an villain he ruled the space he was given.thank you praan saab!
Riteish Deshmukh : SHER KHAN u will live for ever- RIP Pran Saab. RIP Pran Saab – Thank you for entertaining us all these years- will miss you sir.
Kunal Kohli : For years people didn’t name their kids Pran. Such was the impact of him as an actor.Hope he lived a day more to hear his praises. RIP.