Sat, 13 Jul 2013 00:15:00 GMT

Bollywood mourns death of beloved Pran 'sahab'

Legendary actor Pran's death late Friday evening left Bollywood celebrities nostalgic.


Amitabh Bachchan (© Varinder Chawla)

Some remembered his iconic villain roles, while some recollected his popular dialogues and songs, and there were others who shared what a "heart of gold" the "gentleman" had.

Pran, whose real name was Pran Kishan Sikand, was 93. He died at the Lilavati Hospital at 8:30 p.m., his son said.

Following the news of his death, a flurry of Bollywood celebrities - both old and new, took to Twitter to share their fondest memories of the actor, who made an endearing impact on his fans as a hero, villain and a character actor in a filmography of over 400 movies across a career spanning six decades.

Here's what the celebrities had to say:

Amitabh Bachchan: Pran sahab passes away! A gentleman, most collaborative colleague, a senior of immense distinction, a true disciplined professional. Another magnificent pillar of the Film Industry, falls. Our illustrious edifice in ruins, as stalwart after stalwart leaves.

Karan Johar: Truly the end of a magnificent and glorious era. He was a gentleman superstar and heaven is blessed today.

Kabir Bedi: Farewell Pran sahab, godfather of Indian villains, your legendary characters illuminated the annals of Indian cinema. Deepest respects. RIP

Anupam Kher: Final curtain call for one of the most loved actors of Indian cinema. An actor and a gentleman. Pran sahab, we will miss you and your warmth.

Sridevi: Today we have lost a legend, a gem and an iconic actor. We will miss you. RIP Pran sahab.

Riteish Deshmukh: SHER KHAN you will live forever. RIP Pran sahab. Thank you for entertaining us all these years. Will miss you sir.

Smriti Z Irani: It's your talent that will define your career as an actor not the tag of 'hero' or 'villain' - that's the example set by Pran sahab. RIP.

Preity Zinta: RIP Pran sahab! Did not know him personally, but heard he was a perfect gentleman with a heart of gold!

Arjun Rampal: RIP Pran sahab, you immortalised so many characters, was fortunate to play one of them. You live in my heart forever.

Dia Mirza: Six decades of entertainment, over 400 hundred films...STALWART.

Manoj Bajpayee: May Pran sahab's soul rest in peace! In an industry of hero and villain, he ruled the space he was given.

Mohit Chauhan: The villian we loved to hate. You will be missed Pran sahab. Thank you for all those brilliant performances.

Tusshar Kapoor: RIP Pran sahab, your humungous body of work will live forever!

Abhishek Kapoor: RIP Pran sahab.. thank you for all those wonderful movies

Vishal Dadlani: Yaari hai imaan mera, yaar meri zindagi! Pran sahab, RIP.

Sophie Choudry: End of an era. RIP Pran sahab. You will always be our Sher Khan.

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