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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

in the memory of Pran...

Michael is a rogue. Amitabh B as Vijay is a protagonist caught into a situation where he has only one choice. that to rely on Michael.
Amitabh hints that he needs an assurance.. 'choron ke bhi Kuchch usool hote hain..'

PRAN as Michael reverts with a sarcastic smile - ' Choron ke hi toh usool hote hain..'

Film - Majboor (1974).
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remembering Pran..

When I was a child .. i used to watch anything telecasted .. movies were delight ..whenever televised.. and whenever the auspicious occasion of my watching them happened.
Any movie, whatever content, no issues! All were welcome..always.

Films made me see whole lifetimes of no. of people in a very short span of time .. may be it quickly answered my frequent child hood query of 'Phir Kya Hua ??' I used that phrase quite often..  another small reason may have been, that it kept me away from studies.

When i was a child (..and i was a child for a long time..), unlike Amir khan,.. the last name in film casting ... 'and Pran' never 'struck fear' in me... never sent shivers down my spine..

Even as a child, the name ... ' and Pran' in credits .. was the assurance, that the movie has at least one man who will create or will catalyze some ' Interesting moments..'

Legend has it that, in those days, people stopped naming their children Pran. Quite an achievement! A recognition for centuries.. admirable..!!

After K N Singh (ref films like CID, Aawaara etc), one can consider Pran as few of the senior most popular actor who played numerous notable negative roles.
Pran acted against - Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Raj kapoor, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor .....to infinity.
And to the fright of all leading ladies - Hema Malini, Vajyanti Mala, Sharmila Tagore....

down to narrow memory lane -

- liquor guzzling and rioting Michael in Majboor - Michael daaru pi ke danga karta hai...

- trapeze artist jasjeet, on a revenge spree in DON -

- sarcastic malang in Upkaar - do you remember .. veteran actor prem chopra was also there with another veteran madan puri .. but sure when you say Upkaar movie - you see the image of Pran as malang..

- sher khan. No.. mowgli happened later.. Pran as Sher Khan in Zanjeer was a near parallel force to then introduced Angry Young Man. '..ilaake mein naye ho saheb..'

- Kabira in Karz...  - Pyar mohabbat mein toh maine tan mann jaan lutaya ... dhokha diya jo  dost ko, ab dekh Kabira aaya.. an outspoken crook with a secret which has no content, but he still manages to mint money out of that ..

- moti in Johhny Mera Naam - against Dev Anand..

- a cunning relative in Khaandaan - he stole away a child for his circus show involving elephant .. bataaiye (read hindi)..bahot badmaash aadmi hai ...

- daku raka in Jis desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai.

- a smuggler of victorian manners in Half Ticket - Kishore Kumar's white humour got brightness from Pran's grey background. a reference to this movie can update you, that Pran was very much present even in the prime of your grand parents

- Parichay
- Sharabi
- Ram aur Shayam............

the list is endless and it's 1 am again .. and i have to get up early. Did I tell you - i earn through concrete and fitout work.. read my previous blog...

well..

Pran (with full respect .. i do not like adding saab. SAAB  sounds very corporate, seemingly diminishes his witty villainy. )  
one heavy word .. but succeeded by too long a justification in bracket. Ok! Let me start again.

Pran is to Film Industry.. what Sri Nagar, Mumbai, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Madras are to India...very deep rooted integral part...

PS : in his prime, which spanned for about one and half decade .. PRAN was charging and getting more fees than all the leading heroes of his times. Why so serious? that's a trivia..

- i narrate in lower case &
they call me..............