Bollywood actor Pran Krishan Sikhand dies at 93

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Pran Krishan Sikhand, known simply as "Pran" to his fans, died in New Delhi on Saturday (July 13). The Bollywood actor was 93.

Best known for playing notorious villains over a six-decade-long career, Pran appeared in more than 400 films. Most notable among them are several prominent movies in which he played the bad guy: "Kashmir ki Kali," "Khandaan," "Aurat," "Bari Behen," "Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai," "Half Ticket," "Upkar," "Purab Aur Paschim" "Don," "Karz" and "Naseeb."

Pran, born on Feb. 12, 1920, first appeared on film in 1940. After the Punjabi film, "Yamla Jat," the actor worked steadily for a few years. A move to Mumbai was initially difficult, but a role in 1948's "Ziddi" revived Pran's acting career.

Between 1969 and 1982, Pran developed his talent for playing villainous characters in films, making the bad guy as important as the hero in many. Pran also appeared as a beloved character actor in many films. By the 1970s, Pran Krishan Sikhand was one of the highest-paid actors in all of Bollywood cinema.

The actor's death came after a prolonged illness, according to the man's family. Married to Shukla Ahluwalia in 1945, Pran left behind sons Arvind and Sunil and daughter Pinky.

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