Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:00:00 GMT | By IANS

Dadasaheb Phalke award for Pran

Veteran actor Pran honoured with prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for his contribution to Indian Cinema.

Pran (© Varinder Chawla)

New Delhi: The arch villain of Bollywood, Pran Krishan Sikand - or Pran as he is popularly known - was named for the Dadasaheb Phalke award.

The actor turned 93 in February this year.

Confirming the news, a source from the Information & Broadcasting Ministry told us: "Yes, he (Pran) is getting Dadasaheb Phalke award."

Pran acted in over 400 movies in a career spanning over six decades and played a vast range of roles -- from a hero to a villain to a character artist.

He became a symbol of hatred after his portrayals of a bad guy in a series of films including hits like 'Madhumati', 'Ziddi' and 'Ram Aur Shyam'.

If he played a villain to the hilt, he was equally good when he stepped into character roles and won many hearts as loveable Mangal Chacha in 'Upkar', thoroughly entertained as street-smart fraud in 'Victoria No.203', and epitomised on-screen friendship in the role of a rough but kind Pathan in 'Zanjeer'.

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