When the legendary actor Pran had no work, despite a rich experience of 20 films | Bollywood Bubble

When the legendary actor Pran had no work, despite a rich experience of 20 films

When the legendary actor Pran had no work, despite a rich experience of 20 films

Pran's old interview

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.

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When an old wish of Anushka's mother was fulfilled, in an unbelievable turn of events

There’s no doubt that actress Anushka Sharma had a dream debut when she was cast opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan in her first film ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. Following this, it was her third release ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ (2010) that proved to be a turning point in her career. And since then there has been no looking back for this gorgeous powerhouse performer. Time and again, she has proved her mettle as an actor, and even as a producer with films like ‘NH10’. Throughout this nine year long journey, Anushka’s family has indeed been her constant motivation and support that have always kept her going ahead.

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Recently, we stumbled upon an old interview of Anushka Sharma where the actress revealed an interesting incident. Anushka revealed when she got to know that her mother Ashima Sharma always wanted her to be an actress.

It was during Anushka’s conversation on show ‘India’s Most Desirable’ when after listening to her mother Ashima Sharma’s message that had been recorded for her, the actress asked host Simi Garewal if she can say something about her mum. And then the actress went on to share this incident from the time when she had got the news of been signed on for ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. (Also Read: Did you know? Little Abhishek Bachchan found his mother’s films very depressing)

She said, “There was this one time I was driving back from Yash Raj Studios and I got the news, Adi (Aditya Chopra) told me. And I was driving back and I couldn’t drive anymore because I was crying. I was so happy.. I was crying. So I stopped… I stopped the car and I pulled over and I called my mother and I told her that I got this film. And you know what my mum told me? There’s this turtle that used to be there in my living room. It was I think some Feng Shui thing. You just open the turtle and you put something like a wish inside that turtle and you shut it. And when your wish comes true you take it out. So she never never told me about this. But then she came down after she heard that I have got the film she opened that and showed it to me. She’d written it there ‘I hope my daughter stars in a Yash Raj film’. I swear… it’s unbelievable. So I think somewhere she always wanted me to be an actress.”

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Upon hearing this, Simi reacted, “What are you saying?” Anushka added, “She said that she’d written this long ago, one thing for my brother and one thing for me.” Simi immediately asked if what was written for her brother came true as well, to which, Anushka nodded her head in agreement. And then when Simi asked Anushka if she (Simi) could write something in this magical, wish-fulfilling turtle, Anushka smiled and said, “You have to meet my mom right (smiles) she has some direct contact with God.”

Indeed, every parent wishes the best for his/her children and this incident is something that showcases this perfectly. Unbelievable, unforgettable, and totally lovable.

Check out the full interview of Anushka Sharma below:

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When a little Shahid found his mother Neelima Azeem crying and became her strength

For a young kid, it is really hard to believe and understand that his/her parents are getting divorced. This difficult time was hit on actor Shahid Kapoor, who was just three years old when his parents Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azeem got separated from each other. In his first growing years, Shahid lived and spent much more time with his mother in Delhi at that time. The actor mother believes that as a single divorced woman bringing up a child would have been hard for his mother but nobody can understand this better than her. But, as a mother, for Neelima Azeem her son Shahid turned her strength when he was just four years old.

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Recently, we stumbled upon an old interview of Shahid Kapoor. The actor had appeared as the celebrity guest on host Simi Garewal’s talk show ‘India’s Most Desirable’. And it was his mother Neelima herself who shared (through a special message) a heart touching incident between her and little Shahid. It was during the actor’s conversation when the host asked him that did his mother ever tell him about what she was going through, her kind of personal turmoil or did she not. To which, Shahid replied, “We were friends, so I mean we kind of spoke about everything. I spoke about how I felt, she spoke about how she felt.” (Also Read: Shahid Kapoor’s first heartbreak: Two most painful minutes of his life)

As he finished saying this, it was Neelima Azeem’s voice that was heard then. Her message recorded for him was played on a LED TV screen where she said, “Something so personal I want to share here with you is that when he was only four years old I mean obviously there were moments when at night I used to you know sometimes let go of the pain and the fears that come along with the divorce especially when you are as young as that. And I remember that I was… he found me crying maybe at some late hour at night and he took me on his chest at four years and he said ‘Mumma why you crying you know Main Hoon Na.’ I mean literally that film came (later on) and he said ‘Main Hoon Na’. And I don’t know from there onwards it just.. it just hit me that he is there with me you know and there is nothing to worry.”

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On hearing this, Simi immediately asked, “Even now! You’re still there for her.” Shahid took a slight pause and replied, “I hope I am. But, when you become an adult and when you start working around the clock I always live with the guilt that I don’t give enough time to my family. So I hope I’m there for her.”

Shahid even mentioned in the show that his mother Neelima had never made him feel a hard time and her pain, being she was very good with that to hide.

Indeed, it is such a heart touching incident to remember shared by Shahid’s mother.

Check out the full interview of Shahid Kapoor below:

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