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Pran Krishan Sikand

Actor Pran Krishan Sikand who was born on 12th February, 1920 is a multiple Filmfare and BFJA award winning Indian actor who is much known as a movie villain. He has appeared in about 350 films in his film career. He was fondly referred as the Villain of the Millennium.

In the year 2010, he was named in the list of CNN's Top 25 Asian actors of all times. He also won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award in the years 1967, 1969 and 1972 and was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 1997. In the year 2001, he was honored with the Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema.

Date Of Birth : 12th February, 1920
Place Of Birth: New Delhi, India
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Pran is a well known member of various organizations and also owns the football team named Bombay Dynamos Football Club. He was educated at various places namely Meerut, Dehradun and Rampur.His father was Lala Kewal Krishnan Sikand who was a Government Civil Contractor.

  • As a child he had studied in various places like Meerut, Kapurthala, Unao, Dehra Dun, and Rampur. He is very much fond of dogs and has always had a dog as his pet since his childhood till date.

  • He initially wanted to be a professional photographer and joined A.Das & Co., as an apprentice for which he re-located to Shimla. It was in Shimla that he landed his very first dream role as an actor albeit on stage with Madan Puri and he played the role of Sita in Ramleela.

  • He then went on to star in a Punjabi movie named Yamla Jat as a villain. Ironically his expedition into Hindi movies started as a hero in the film Khandaan opposite actress Noor Jehan.

Padma Bhushan Award:

2001 - Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award from the Government of India. 2004 - Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by the Maharashtra Government

Filmfare Awards

1967 - Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Upkaar

1969 - Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Aanso Ban Gaye Phool

1972 - Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Be-Imaan (Pran refused to accept it)

1997 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award

Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards

1961 - BFJA Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Jis Desh Me Ganga Behti Hai

1966 - BFJA Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Shaheed

1974 - BFJA Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Zanjeer

Other awards and recognitions

1973 - Chitrlok Cine Circle Ahmedabad: "Best Character Award".

1976 - Bombay Film Award: Most Versatile Actor.

1978 - Bombay Film Award: Most Versatile Actor.

1978 - North Bombay Jaycees: Best Character Actor.

1983 - Kala Bhushan Award presented by Punjabi Kala Sangam.

1984 - "Extra Ordinary Special Award as Wizard of Acting" by Bombay Film Award.

1984 - "Viyayshree Award" presented for enriching Human Life and

Outstanding Attainments India Int. Friendship Society).

1984 - "Ars Gratia Artis" for excellence in emotive Art.

1984 - Filmgoers Award: Reigning "Abhinay Samrat".

1987 - North Bombay Jaycees: Outstanding Performance of Decade.

1990 - Kala Rattan Award presented by Punjabi Kal Sangam for 50 glorious Years.

1990 - Punjab Association: an Award for 50 years in the Industry.

1990 - Southall Lion\'s Club London: "In recognition of Invaluable Services to Charity at

the Celebration of Golden Jubilee of his services tot Film Industry.

1991 - Cinegoers Award: "Abhinay Samrat Golden Jubilee Actor".

1992 - Outstanding contribution to Indian Film Industry,

Indian Motion Pictures Producers\' Association.

2000 - Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award

2000 - Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement

2000 - "Villain of the Millennium" by Stardust Award.

  • He was one amongst the highest paid actor of his time. He was reportedly paid more sum of money than Amitabh Bachan for the film Don. Such was his reputation that he was very much in demand when he was at the peak of his career.

  • A chance of meeting with the great writer Wali Mohammad Wali at a small shop in a place called Hira Mandi led Pran to win his first role as a villain in director Dalsukh Pancholi's Punjabi film named Yamla Jat which was followed by the film Chaudhary and Khajanchi. The film Khandaan was the first Hindi movie in which Pran acted as a hero opposite actress Noor Jehan who had earlier also acted with him as a child artist. After the partition he went to Bombay and his role in the Bombay Talkies Ziddi with the legendary actor Dev Anand and actress Kamini Kaushal which directed by Shaheed Lateef that launched his career in Bombay.

  • This film was also regarded as Dev Anand's big break as a hero in Bollywood. In the 1960's with the release of Manoj Kumar's film Upkaar he started to act in positive character roles. Ironically in this movie actress Kamini Kaushal also moved into character roles. He became a very well known character actor in the films like Zanjeer, Don, Amar Akbar Anthony and Majboor. The legendary Villain of the Millennium has had an epic six decade long career in the Hindi Cinema and is also one of the most celebrated actors of the Bollywood industry.

  • So efficient was his acting that it said that people even stopped naming their children after Pran because of his villainous roles. Pran was so named because in most of his movies that he acted in, he was the last name in the cast list of the credits. Also he portrayed a good role in the film Don of the year 1970. He was at the highest peak of his career in those days that Pran was paid a much more amount of money than the ace actor Amitabh for working in the film Don. He is a sports lover and a good sportsman, so he owned a football team named DYNAMOS FOOTBALL CLUB which was financed by him for a number of years in the 1950's.

  • Other than his very successful film career he has also been engaged in a lot of social activities which also includes the Chief Minister's Relief Fund Maratha Sikshan Sanatha, Film Industry Welfare Trust, etc. He has also organized a lot of charity events and cricket matches as well as the Hope 86 and Hope 87 shows for helping the needy people in the film industry. His favorite hobbies are watching sports like football, hockey, cricket and reading and looking after his lovable pet dogs.

  • He has got 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren who often visit him. Actor Pran is a very much satisfied man with a very illustrious 60 year of acting career in the film industry and it feels, if he is born again he will surely like to be born as PRAN again.

  • Pran was born in Ballimaran, Kotgarh Old Delhi, into a very wealthy Punjabi family. His father was Kewal Krishan Sikand who was a civil engineer and a Government civil contractor and his mother was Rameshwari and the couple were gifted with four sons and three daughters. Pran got married to Shukla Ahluwalia on 18th April 1945 and was gifted with two sons named Arvind and Sunil and a daughter named Pinky.

  • He enjoys a sheltered life with his family. All three children of Pran are now married, while Arvind is married to Chitra and is doing a business in London and is also the father of two, Sunil is married to Jyoti and has a son and Pinky is married to Vivek Bhalla and also has two children. Pran's grandchildren are named as Yuvraj Bhalla, Siddharth Sikand, Arjun Sikand, Swati Bijlani, and Sunaina Anand.