MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA AUGUST 28, 2012 01.00 A.M.
Death of Shri A. K. Hangal on August 26, 2012 at the age of 97 was almost expected . He was aged , frail and was suffering from multiple diseases . On August 13 , 2012 he fell in the bathroom of his flat and fractured his right femur bone . On August 16 he was admitted in Asha Parekh Hospital , Santacruz and after 10 days finally succumbed to his injury and other age related complications .
I wrote a blog about him when Hangal Sahab was alive . He hit the headlines for his poor health and penury . Industry people rushed to his succour . But his communist comrades , who are now shedding copious tears after his demise , kept distance and maintained stoic silence .
Avtaar Veenit Kishan Hangal a.k.a. A. K. Hangal was an iconic father figure of Hindi cinema . He was first noticed in films like ; ” Shagird ” [ 1966 ] and ” Teesari Kasam ” [ 1966 ] . I first saw him in ” Shagird “ , a Joy Mukherjee and Saira Banu starrer .
Born in Sialkot , Pakistan , Hangal Sahab spent his childhood in Peshawar . He moved to Karachi before partition of India and was a tailor by profession . He joined theatre very early in his life . In 1949 he moved to India after spending 3 years in jail in Pakistan . In Mumbai he , along with Balraj Sahni and Kaifi Azmi , joined IPTA [ Indian People’s Theatre Association ] and then in 1966 joined Hindi films at the age of 50 .
As stated earlier he started his film journey with ” Shagird ” [ 1966 ] and ” Teesari Kasam ” [ 1966 ] . Later on he worked in films like ; ” Saat Hindustani ” [ 1969 ] , ” Guddi ” [ 1971 ] , ” Bawarchi ” [ 1972 ] , ” Abhimaan ” [ 1973 ] , ” Namak Haraam ” [ 1973 ] , ” Kora Kagaz ” [ 1974 ] , ” Sholay ” [ 1975 ] , ” Balika Badhu ” [ 1976 ] , ” Aina ” [ 1977 ] , ” Satyam Shivam Sundaram ” [ 1978 ] , ” Basera ‘ [ 1981 ] , ” Kalyug ” [ 1981 ] , ” Kudrat ” [ 1981 ] , ” Naram Garam ” [ 1981 ] , ” Shaukeen ” [ 1982 ] , ” Avtaar ” [ 1983 ] , ” Sharaabi ” [ 1984 ] , ” Arjun ” [ 1985 ] , ” Bewafai ” [ 1985 ] , ” Meri Jung ” [ 1985 ] , ” Ram Teri Ganga Maili ” [ 1985 ] , ” Khoon Bhari Maang ” [ 1988 ] , ” Khalnayak ” [ 1993 ] and ” Lagaan ” [ 2001 ] .
So from 1966 to his last film in 2001 , it was a 35 year-long and very successful film journey . He acted in almost 200 films .
During his last years , on February 08 , 2011 , he graced the ramp on a wheelchair for fashion designer Riyaz Ganji for his summer line .
His last appearance was a TV serial ” Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon ” [ 2012 ] . He gave his voice for Maharaja Ugrasen in animation film ” Krishna Aur Kans ” [ 2012 ] . So in a way his career span is 46 years .
The government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan in 2006 .
He lived an eventful life and must have left this world with a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment .
Al-vidaah Rahim Chacha ! Your voice will always reverberate in my ears , ” Itna sannata kyon hai bhai ? ”
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