When the legendary actor Pran had no work, despite a rich experience of 20 films
It was during the period of mid-70s when popular screenwriter duo Salim-Javed went on to create the ultimate villains in their movies. Who can forget the terror that the character of Gabbar Singh (played by late Amjad Khan) in ‘Sholay’ (1975), instilled in the hearts of the viewers. But, much before this there was another performer who had popularised the menacing power of villains in the era of 50s and 60s. Undoubtedly, he became and was the ‘King of Villains’. It was none other than the late legendary star Pran. Today, we and the ardent cinema lovers fondly remember him for his iconic performances in memorable films like ‘Madhumati’, ‘Milan’, ‘Upkar’, ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Don’ and many more. However, did you know that there was a time when this iconic star had no work for more than six months? And surprisingly, this was after he had worked in more than 20 films. Yes! You heard that right. The actor had made his debut with a Punjabi film ‘Yamla Jat’ (1940).
Recently, we stumbled upon an old interview of this legendary star where he recalled about that time. It was in the year 1947 when he had to shift to Bombay from Lahore. He said, “When the riots began in Lahore in 1947, I packed off my wife and one-year-old child with my sister-in-law to Indore. My son’s first birthday was on August 11, 1947, and my wife said I must come to Indore or she would not celebrate it. That’s how I reached Indore on August 10. The next day, All India Radio announced that an inter-communal massacre had begun in Lahore. Since I could not go back, we came to Bombay. My family and I reached here on the eve of Independence, August 14, 1947. We stayed at the Taj Mahal Hotel, the best hotel at that time.” (Also Read:When Sanjeev Kumar was offered the lead role in a film, after playing an extra in it)
He continued saying, “After more than 20 films there, I thought Hindi films would welcome me, but I was wrong. Yahan to bahut dhakke khaane pade!I had no work here for more than six months. I had to sell some of my wife’s jewellery to settle the bills. We then shifted to smaller hotels!”
“The first film I signed here was Bombay Talkies‘ ‘Ziddi’ (1948), directed by Zia Sarhadi. Then, in one week, I signed three more films, S M Yusuf’s ‘Grihasti’ (1948), Prabhat’s ‘Apradhi’ (1949) and Walisaab’s ‘Putli’ (1949). After I signed AVM’s first Hindi film ‘Bahar’ (1951) things picked up. Sohrab Modi gave me ‘Sheesh Mahal’ and since most of my films proved hits, my demand kept rising,” added the veteran actor.
After that, there was no looking back for this talented performer. We now know that it was not a cakewalk for this actor who faced his share of hard times while looking for work. However, he later made a mark.
Pran’s story is indeed inspirational.
Karan Singh Grover’s marriages leads to actor & now a 2018 Dadasaheb Phalke Award
While his body is every man’s dream, it is also every girl’s fantasy. The same goes for his lovely ex-wife.
Friends, Karan Singh Grover has recently been honored with a Dadasaheb Phalke Award on April 20, 2018, in Mumbai under the guidance of PMO and CBFC.
OMG! Is what one would say. However, there still lies the Maha Shock of his ex-wife, Jennifer Winget receiving one too.
Stylish as he may seem, he’s become the talk of the town for just this week, grabbing all eyes at the ceremony. However, questions do pop up in the human mind asking – Have the standards of the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards gone that low? Who knew that so-called working actors could receive awards too? (Also Read:Karan Singh Grover To Receive ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award’)
Karan’s journey from a regular employee to a handsome actor is more like a flop script of a Hindi movie, where one feels that they’ve wasted Rs 180/- on buying a ticket. It feels like the popcorn would taste better on the Road compared to a movie theatre.
From a Punjabi family, Karan Singh Grover grows up to be a Hotel Management student and then a Marketing Executive in Mumbai. In 2004, Karan’s journey took to many places, where the best role played at a serial named ‘Qubool Hai’ and a movie named ‘Hate Story 3‘ to be better than great in 2015.
Calling for what’s needed, The Glam Girl, Jennifer Winget has done lots since her divorce. For sure, she’s excelled as a Television actress and a fashion diva with her right attitude and looks that are worth crores. Still, there lies a question unanswered after this event.
Karan Singh Grover, who was previously married to Jennifer Winget and Shraddha Nigam is now married to Bipasha Basu. As an ex-wife and Television actress, it was she [Jennifer Winget], who brought him back into the limelight after his failed marriage with Shraddha.
However, after Karan and Jennifer filed for divorce, it was Bipasha Basu’s turn for a long life love session with Karan, which gave an announcement in public about the couple soon to be married. Many stars such as Mr & Mrs. Dutt, the Bachchans, and the Khans – were seen at Karan and Bipasha’s reception.
Furthermore, Karan Singh Grover’s movie ‘Alone‘ was quite unsatisfying to watch. Does this mean that Bipasha Basu brought her husband into the limelight where Bollywood’s greatest stars roam?
Karan Singh takes on his past to the future, and his relationship with Bipasha never really looked like a positive. What’s more? Is Karan’s interview with BollywoodLife. Karan went all out to say that his marriage with Jennifer was a mistake! Not only that, he added that some people are better off as friends and should not take it to the next level.
What must have Jennifer felt then? And she ever felt like giving it back to Karan Singh Grover? But, what she feels now is the real achievement for her work. Looking at the past, this is the biggest question that remains unanswered till today – Was she really a mistake for Karan? Or is Karan a mistake for 3 women including Bipasha Basu?
Nodding on it, Karan’s body and face will still make a great picture on a magazine cover. But, these 3 Musketeers have been with him as partners in both personal and professional life. For after seeing all that’s happened in his life, and now at the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards just shows that giving Karan an award wasn’t such a great idea. For there were and are many other actors who deserved the award and its category.
Throwback Thursday: When Sanjay Dutt confessed his wish to marry Madhuri Dixit
Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit’s reunion after 20 years with Karan Johar’s ‘Kalank’ has become the hot topic of discussion. The duo were rumoured to have dated each other for some time in 1990s but both have always remained tight lipped about it.
The onscreen hit jodi is happily married to their respective spouses, Sanjay’s love for Manyata is known to all. She is like a tower of strength for him. Madhuri too is happily married to Sriram Madhav Nene.
But seems like the actor still has a soft corner for his ‘Khalnayak’ co-star. Here’s a video of Sanjay confessing how he still doesn’t mind marrying Madhuri….’IF’ given a choice. This was at the Goa Fest last year when he was asked a hypothetical question on who would he want to marry if given a choice and he quipped, “Anybody knows Maanyata Dutt? Nobody knows? But…I would like to marry Madhuri Dixit. ”
Watch the video here:
It’s not like the actor said it seriously. We know the immense love he shares with his wife. (Also Check: ‘Kalank’ the film that was to star Sridevi, goes on floor)