……. And Pran !! Never Before ; Never Again


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA            JULY 24, 2013           04.45 P.M.

On April 16, 2013 , I wrote a blog about Pran saheb . He was conferred Dada Saheb Phalke Award . And I posted my admiration for the man . I am posting the link of that blog :

 

Phalke Award ……………….. And Pran http://wp.me/ptyXI-2Sa

Little did I know that within 3 months , I would be sitting in my office and writing this obituary . Life is unpredictable and its hidden hands play strange and unfathomable games .

On July 12 , 2013 while I was sitting in my study in the night , I suddenly saw a post on the timeline of my facebook – ” RIP Pran Saheb ” . I was stunned . But I know that sometimes facebook postings are wrong and erroneous . So I approached my twitter-handle and it was flooded with the news of his death . Now there was no doubt . It was confirmed . It was true that Pran Saheb left us for his last journey . He was 93 at the time of his death .

I cannot put my grief in words . My association with the persona of Pran Saheb started with films like ;  ” Khandan ” [ 1965 ] , ” Shaheed ” [ 1965 ] , ” Dil Diya Dard Liya ” [ 1966 ] andRam Aur Shyam ” [ 1967 ] . I saw these films in quick succession in Deoria and Allahabad and started admiring him as an actor . ” Tere Mere Sapne ” [ 1999 ] was the last film of Pran Saheb which I watched in Mumbai . Thus it was a 34-year-long association of a fan with the legend .

Pran - Zanjeer

Pran in Zanjeer (Photo credit: Kaddele)

His stupendous innings started in 1940 . He hit the screen 4 years after Ashok Kumar and exactly 4 years before Dilip Kumar . Generations got changed . Times and fashion changed . Era of stars and super-stars came and went away . From Ashok Kumar to Dilip Kumar , from Dilip Kumar to Rajesh Khanna and from Rajesh Khanna to Amitabh Bachchan , several film stars came , ruled and then either retired or faded into oblivion or simply died . But era of Pran never ebbed , never receded , never ended . He never went away . From Ashok Kumar to Arshad Warsi , and from Suraiya to Sri Devi , he worked with every star worth his name .

In my earlier blog I have given complete list of his 350 films . Here I am giving list of important films of his career . In the list of Pran Saheb’s important films , there are 144 films . In 1940s there were 6 films . In the 50s 14 films , in the 60s 44 films , in the 70s 51 films , in the 80s 24 films , in the 90s 4 films and even in 2000s there was 1 important film . It is incredible . FromYamla Jat ” [ 1940 ] to ” Kiska Dosh ” [ 2003 ] , it was a 63-year-long journey of excellence and stardom , rather super-stardom .

1940s

  • Yamla Jat (1940)
  • Khajanchi (1941)
  • Khandaan (1942)
  • Ziddi (1948)
  • Grahasti (1948)
  • Badi Bahen (1949)

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

  • Kiska Dosh (2003)
I am fortunate that out of his above mentioned 144 important films , I have seen 120 films . May be I am missing one or two films . But even 120 is a decent number and it shows my admiration for Pran Saheb .
Pran Saheb is now gone . His billing in the titles of films always used to be ………………………………….and Pran . And even in his death it is there . It is uncanny . In 2011 and 2012 several stalwarts of film world left this world for their final and eternal journey . If you go through the list, it is eerie . It is uncanny . The list will be :
Dev Anand , Shammi Kapoor , Navin Nishchol , Bob Christo , Goga Kapoor , Jagjit Singh , Bhupen Hazarika , Srinivas Khale , Pandit Bhimsen Joshi , Mani Kaul , Surinder Kapoor , Tony Walker , M. F. Husain , Shandar Amrohi , Sachin Bhowmick , Kalpana , Joy Mukherjee , Achla Sachdev , Dara Singh , Rajesh Khanna , A. K. Hangal , Jaspal Bhatti , Ravi , Pandit Ravi Shankar , B. R. Ishara , Yash Chopra ……………………… and PRAN
 

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On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to the family of Pran Saheb .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre would also like to offer prayers for the departed soul .

Rest in peace Sir !

In the world of films there will never be anyone like you . And on the silver screen , I will never see  ………………. and Pran .

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Phalke Award ……………….. And Pran


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 16 , 2013           00.10 A.M.

I was happy to read the news that Pran Saheb was awarded Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2012 . As a veteran actor , who has worked in more than 400 films , he deserved much better . He should have got the award long back . But Pran Saheb , the gentleman villain of Hindi film industry got it very late . If you count his active years in films , he stands second in the hierarchy . Dev Anand [ Hum Ek Hain – 1946 to Chargesheet – 2011 === 113 films === 65 active years ] . Pran [ Yamla Jat – 1940 to Kiska Dosh – 2003 === 400 films === 63 active years ] . Legendary Ashok Kumar comes third . From [ Jeevan Naiya – 1936 to Aankhon Me Tum Ho – 1997 === 301 films === 61 active years ] . These three are the only Indian actors who can boast of such long and illustrious innings in Hindi films . In seniority he is second and second only to Ashok Kumar . Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor came much later .

I have seen his films and in his films invariably Pran Saheb’s name used to come at the end . He used to be billed as ……………. and Pran . It is uncanny that this happened to him this time also .

Pran

Pran (Photo credit: Kaddele)

In his prolific career , he did more than 400 films . I am fortunate that I have seen more than100 films of Pran Saheb . I am posting names of important films of his career .

1940s

  • Yamla Jat (1940)
  • Chaudhry (1941)
  • Khajanchi (1941)
  • Khandaan (1942)
  • Sahara (1943)
  • Dasi (1944)
  • Kaise Kahun (1945)
  • Ragini (1945)
  • Pardesi Balam (1945)
  • Badnami (1946)
  • Khamosh Nigahen (1946)
  • Paraye Bas Mein (1946)
  • Rehana (1946)
  • Shahi Lutera (194?)
  • Gupt Raj (194?)
  • Do Saudagar (194?)
  • Arsi (1947)
  • Mohini (1947)
  • But Tarash (1947)
  • Barsat Ki Ek Raat (1948)
  • Birhan (1948)
  • Chunaria (1948)
  • Nek Dil (1948)
  • Ziddi (1948)
  • Grahasti (1948)
  • Aparadhi (1949)
  • Badi Bahen (1949)
  • Roshani (1949)
  • Janmapatri (1949)
  • Rakhi (1949)

1950s

  • Biwi (1950)
  • Putli (1950)
  • Lajawab (1950)
  • Sangeeta (1950)
  • Sheesh Mahal (1950)
  • Afsana (1951)
  • Bahar (1951)
  • Daman (1951)
  • Sabz Baag (1951)
  • Pyar ki baaten (1951)
  • Bewafaa (1951)
  • Chham Chhama Chham (1952)
  • Sanskar (1952)
  • Sindbad The Sailor (1952)
  • Zamane Ki Hawa (1952)
  • Moti Mahal (1952)
  • Aah (1953)
  • Alif Laila (1953)
  • Ansoo (1953)
  • Baagi (1953)
  • Farmaish (1953)
  • Malkin (1953)
  • Rahbar (1953)
  • Biraj Bahu (1954)
  • Pehli Jhalak (1954)
  • Pilpili Saheb (1954)
  • Sheeshe Ki Diwar (1954)
  • Angaarey (1954)
  • Lakeeren (1954)
  • Meenar (1954)
  • Toofan (1954)
  • Aab-e-Hayat (1955)
  • Amanat (1955)
  • Azad (1955)
  • Baradari (1955)
  • Chingari (1955)
  • Bahu (1955)
  • Jashan (1955)
  • Kundan (1955)
  • Munimji (1955)
  • Devdas (1956)
  • Aan Baan (1956)
  • Chori Chori (1956)
  • Hum Sab Chor Hain (1956)
  • Hotel (1956)
  • Halaku (1956)
  • Kar Bhala (1956)
  • Inspector* (1956)
  • Naya Andaz (1956)
  • Tankhah (1956)
  • Ek Jhalak (1957)
  • Miss India (1957)
  • Asha (1957)
  • Champakali (1957)
  • Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)
  • Mr.X (1957)
  • Chandu (1958)
  • Adalat (1958)
  • Amar Deep (1958)
  • Daughter Of Sindbad (1958)
  • Madhumati (1958)
  • Raj Tilak (1958)
  • Chandan (1958)
  • Bedard Zamana Kya Jaane (1959)
  • Daaka (1959)
  • Do Gunde (1959)
  • Guest House (1959)
  • Madam X.Y.Z. (1959)
  • Pyar Ki Rahen (1959)
  • Jaalsaaz (1959)

1960s

1970s

1980s

  • Aap Ke Deewane (1980)
  • Bombay 405 Miles (1980)
  • Desh Drohi (1980)
  • Dhan Daulat (1980)
  • Dostana (1980)
  • Jwalamukhi (1980)
  • Jal Mahal (1980)
  • Karz (1980)
  • Patthar Se Takkar (1980)
  • Khuda Kasam (1980)
  • Zalim (1980)
  • Kaalia (1981)
  • Khoon Ka Rishta (1981)
  • Krodhi (1981)
  • Ladies’ Tailor (1981)
  • Naseeb (1981)
  • Man Gaye Ustad (1981)
  • Waqt Ki Deewar (1981)
  • Jiyo Aur Jeene Do (1982)
  • Takdir Ka Badshah (1982)
  • Partner (1982)
  • Taaqat (1982)
  • Andha Kanoon (1983)
  • Daulat Ke Dushman (1983)
  • Ek Jaan Hain Hum (1983)
  • Film Hi Film (1983)
  • Janwar (1983)
  • Laalach (1983)
  • Naukar Biwi Ka (1983)
  • Souten (1983)
  • Woh Jo Hasina (1983)
  • Nastik (1983)
  • Bade Dilwala (1984)
  • Insaaf Kaun Karega (1984)
  • Farishta (1984)
  • Haisiyat (1984)
  • Jagir (1984)
  • Laila (1984)
  • Raja Aur Rana (1984)
  • Rajtilak (1984)
  • Duniya (1984)
  • Sohni Mahiwal (1984)
  • Sharaabi (1984)
  • Inquilab (1984)
  • Durga (1985)
  • Hoshiyar (1985)
  • Bewafai (1985)
  • Karamyudh (1985)
  • Maa Kasam (1985)
  • Sarfarosh (1985)
  • Yudh (1985)
  • Paatal Bhairavi (1985)
  • Dosti Dushmani (1986)
  • Dilwala (1986)
  • Dharam Adhikari (1986)
  • Jeeva (1986)
  • Love & God (1986)
  • Ricky (1986)
  • Suhaagan (1986)
  • Dilruba Tangewali (1987)
  • Goraa (1987)
  • Insaf Kaun Karega (1987)
  • Imaandar (1987)
  • Kudrat Ka Kanoon (1987)
  • Hifazat (1986)
  • Muqaddar Ka Faisla (1987)
  • Maa Beti (1987)
  • Sitapur Ki Gita (1987)
  • Dharam Shatru (1988)
  • Paap Ki Duniya (1988)
  • Sherni (1988)
  • Aurat Teri Yahi Kahani (1988)
  • Dharma Yudh (1988)
  • Gunahon Ka Faisla (1988)
  • Kasam (1988)
  • Shahenshah (1988)
  • Mohabbat Ke Dushman (1988)
  • Ram O Rama (1988)
  • Bade Ghar Ki Beti (1989)
  • Chingari (1989)
  • Jaadugar (1989)
  • Mitti Aur Sona (1989)
  • Nigahen (1989)
  • Shukriya (1989)
  • Toofan (1989)
  • Zooni (1989)

1990s

  • Azaad Desh Ke Ghulam (1990)
  • Pyar Ka Toofan (1990)
  • Roti Ki Keemat (1990)
  • Sanam Bewafaa (1990)
  • Lakshman Rekha (1991)
  • Banjaran (1991)
  • Jigarwala (1991)
  • Mashooq (1992)
  • Meera Ka Mohan (1992)
  • Do Hanson Ka Joda (1992)
  • Bewafa Se Wafa (1992)
  • Panah (1992)
  • Isi Ka Naam Zindagi (1992)
  • Chandramukhi (1993)
  • Dosti Ki Saugandh (1993)
  • Gurudev (1993)
  • Kohra (1993)
  • Aaja Meri Jaan (1993)
  • Bhagyawaan (1993)
  • 1942: A Love Story (1994)
  • Hum Hain Bemisal (1994)
  • Saajan Ki Bahon Mein (1995)
  • Vaapsi saajan Ki (1995)
  • Lalchi (1996)
  • Dadagiri (1997)
  • Gudia (1997)
  • Lakha (1997)
  • Luv Kush (1997)
  • Kaun Rokega Mujhe (1997)
  • Mrityudaata (1997)
  • Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya (1997)
  • Badmash (1998)
  • Tere Mere Sapne (1999)
  • Jai Hind (1999)

2000s

  • Dosh (2002)
  • Ek Hidustani (2002)
  • Mohabbat Pehli Nazar Mein (2002)
  • Suryakant (2002)
  • Tum Jiyo Hazaron Saal (2002)
  • Deewan Tere Pyar ka (2003)
  • Kiska Dosh (2003)

If my memory is not failing me , the first movie of Pran Saheb , which I watched was ” Khandan ” [ 1965 ] . It was in Vijay Talkies , Deoria and perhaps the year was 1966 . Same year I watched ” Dil Diya Dard Liya “ and my admiration for Pran Saheb , in the garb of hate , began . Next year I watched ” Ram Aur Shyam ” [ 1967 ] in Pushparaj Talkies , Allahabad and it fortified my admiration for him and since then I am a die-hard fan of this legendary actor .

I may not be running most famous acting school of Mumbai , or most famous acting institute of India or most famous acting class of bollywood or most famous acting academy of world but I think it is my duty to offer my greetings to the legend .

I congratulate Pran Saheb on behalf of all the students and staff of Vidur Acting Institute , which is known as  Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May God give long and healthy life to the legend called Pran Krishna Sikand , a.k.a. Pran.

Dada Saheb Phalke Award was instituted in 1969 . Till date 43 luminaries have got this prestigious award . Pran Saheb is 44th .

Devika Rani got it in 1969

…………………….. and  Pran in 2012

[ List of his flms is being re-produced from Wikipedia . I express profound gratitude . ]

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80 Years of ” Alam Ara ” : India’s First Talkie


NIGHT……………………………….11.00

On March 14 , 1931 Indian cinema created history . First Hindi talkie ” ALAM ARA “ made by Ardeshir Irani was released on this very day in the Majestic cinema of Bombay [ now Mumbai ] Though , ” RAJA HARISCHANDRA ” , first ever full – length silent feature film of India was made by Dada Saheb Phalke , the pioneer of Indian cinema , in 1913.

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Dada Saheb Phalke - Father of Indian Cinema

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A scene from Indian movie Raja Harishchandra

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A scene from Indian movie Raja Harishchandra

It took almost 18 years to produce a talkie film and Ardeshir Irani became the pioneer. ” ALAM ARA ” made under the banner of Imperial Movietone had Master Vithal and Zubeida as the leading stars of the film and the movie had 7 memorable songs including DE DE KHUDA KE NAAM PAR sung by Wazir Mohammad Khan , who also played a faqir in the film . In those early years of talkie era there were no system of recording the song , Ardeshir Irani recorded it live with harmonium and tabla . This particular song is considered as the first ever song of not only Hindi films but Indian films as well. Music of ” ALAM ARA “ was given by Ferozshah M. Mistri and B. Irani .When released in the Majestic cinema hall of Bombay [ now Mumbai ] it created history . Public frenzy was to be seen to be believed , and finally police had to be summoned to control the crowd .

Director, Ardeshir Irani recording, Alam Ara f...

Ardeshir Irani recording a Song of Alam Ara

Alam Ara poster, 1931.

Alam Ara poster, 1931.

The film is a love story between a prince and a gypsy girl, based on a Parsi play written by Joseph David. David later served as a writer at Irani’s film company. The story centers on an imaginary, historical royal family in the kingdom of Kumarpur. The main characters are the king and his two warring wives Dilbahar and Navbahar. Their rivalry escalates when a fakir predicts that Navbahar will bear the king’s heir. Dilbahar, in revenge, attempts to have an affair with the kingdom’s chief minister Adil. The affair goes sour and a vengeful Dilbahar imprisons him and exiles his daughter, Alam Ara (Zubeida). In exile, Alam Ara is brought up by Gypsies. Upon returning to the palace at Kumarpur, Alam Ara meets and falls in love with the charming young prince (Master Vithal). In the end, Adil is released, Dilbahar is punished and the lovers marry.

A rare still from Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara, t...

A rare still from Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara

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A Scene fron Alam Ara

After the fire at National Film Archive of India, Pune, in 2003, which destroyed the last surviving prints of several classics such as Raja Harishchandra and Achhut Kanya, this film is no longer available in its original format.

Master Vithal and Zubeida in Alam Ara, 1931.

Master Vithal and Zubeida in Alam Ara, 1931.

Newpaper advertisement for first Indian talkie...

Newspaper advertisement for Alam Ara

The name of the actors , who played major role in ” ALAM ARA ” , is worthy of notice for the today’s film connoisseurs. Apart from Master Vithal and Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir [ known as Zubeida ] , it had singer Wazir Mohammad Khan as a faqir. Three prominent actors , who were part of the cast of ” ALAM ARA ” and who played major role in the talkie era and are known to today’s generation also , were Prithvi Raj Kapoor , Jillo Bai and L. V. Prasad .

Prithvi Raj Kapoor went on to play major roles in many films , won many awards and created an empire. His legacy was carried forward by his sons ; Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kpoor. Later on legacy was carried forward by his grandsons ; Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajeev Kapoor. Now fourth generation of Prithvi Raj Kapoor’s family is working in films. They are Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor’s daughter manages Prithvi Theatre , made to commemorate  Prithvi Raj Kapoor’s memory.

Jillo Bai was seen as Madhubala’s mother in ” Mughal – E – Azam “ and as mother – in law of Nargis in ” Mother India “ .

Case of L. V. Prasad is more curious. He worked as an actor in first Hindi talkie ” ALAM ARA ” , first Tamil talkie ” KALIDAS ” and first Telugu talkie ” BHAKT PRAHLAD ” , all released in 1931. Later on he stablished a major production company named as Prasad Productions and made hits like ; ” SHARDA ” , ” CHHOTI BAHAN ” , ” BETI BETE ” , ” DADI MAA ” , ” MILAN ” , ” JEENE KI RAH ” , ” RAJA AUR RANK ” ,  ” KHILONA ” and ” EK DUJE KE LIYE ” .

It is sad that no print of the epic movie ” ALAM ARA “ is available today. This part of our history is lost for ever and no one is bothered . Ardeshir Irani’s path-breaking film is lost forever.

Ardeshir Irani, (1886 - 1969)

Ardeshir Irani, (1886 - 1969)

Ardeshir Irani died in 1969 , when I was studying in intermediate and Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir a.k.a. Zubeida died in 1988, one year before I came to Mumbai to make a career in films.

Zubeida, a silent era actress in Indian Cinema...

Zubeida, a silent era actress

[ Synopsis of ” ALAM ARA “ is taken from Wikipedia. I have not seen the film , so for the story I have to rely on Wikipedia. I express my gratitude . ]

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