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Villain of the Millennium Pran turns 89
Mumbai | Thursday, Feb 12 2009 IST
 
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Not many cine buffs may know that Bollywood's Villain of the Millennium Pran, who turns 89 today, was actually paid more than Amitabh Bachchan for his role in Chandra Barot's 1978 production 'Don' in which Bachchan played the male lead.

Padma Bhushan Pran is actually a poetic person in real life, possessing a philanthropic nature, loves sports, is a good player himself and has his own football team by the name Dynamos Club, which he financially assisted for several years.

After a roughly 60-year-long filmy career during which fans mostly loved to hate him, Pran -- whose full name is Pran Kishan Sikand -- now spends his time watching football, hockey, cricket on TV besides gardening, reading and looking after his dogs.

Born in Delhi on February 12, 1920, Pran never dreamt he would feature on the silver screen. He actually wanted to become a photographer but a chance meeting with storywriter Wali Mohammad was a turning point as he got his first role as a villain in the Punjabi film 'Yamla Jat' (1940).

He bagged his maiden role as hero in Dalsukh Pancholi's 'Khandaan' (1942). Noorjahan, the female lead, was less than 15 years of age.

''In close-up shots, she was made to stand atop bricks or stones to compensate for the difference in our heights,'' reminisces Pran who later featured in immortal films such as 'Madhumati' (1958), 'Johnny Mera Naam' (1970) and 'Bobby' (1973).

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