You Deserve Pran sahib
Arab News-16 April 2013-L.E.

Conferring the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award on the veteran Bollywood actor Pran on May 3 for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema is a well-deserved honor for the 93-year old legendary artist.

Phalke award is the highest honor and a distinguished official recognition for a film artist in India.

He is one of the Bollywood’s most popular actors, having played mostly the negative roles as also the character roles, in which he was loved and feared in equal measure by movie bugs. Pran will be most remembered for his classic performance in films like Madhumati, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Bahti Hai, Dil Diya Dard Liya and Ram aur Shyam. He played character roles with same ease, beginning with his famous portrayal of a ‘malang’ character in Upkar.

In his illustrative career of more than six decades, Pran has acted in over 400 films. He lasted acted in 1998.

The doyen of Indian cinema was honored with several awards including lifetime achievement award in 1997.

He was decorated with Padma Bhushan award, the country’s third highest civilian award, by the government of India in 2010.

Though a late decision, the jury of the Phalke award has done a commendable job by nominating Pran for the covetedaward.

Pran is equally popular outside India more prominently in Pakistan, and Gulf countries like UAE and Oman.

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