Pran (born Pran Krishan Sikand on 12 February 1920) is a multiple Filmfare and BFJA award-winning Indian actor, who is one of the most popular villains of Hindi cinema. He has appeared in over 350 films. Pran played the leading man in films like Halaku (1956) and Dharma(1973), Jangal Mein Mangal (1972), Gaddar and Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara (1973). His pivotal roles in the films as dacoit Raka in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960), films like Victoria No. 203, Manoj Kumar’s Upkaar (1967) and Purab Aur Paschim, Aurat(1967), Half Ticket (1962), as 'Sher Khan' in Zanjeer (1973), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) and Don (1978) are considered to be among his best performances.
In 2010, he has been named the list of CNN's "top 25 Asian actors of all time".
He won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award three times in 1967, 1969, and 1972 and was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. In 2001, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India, for his contribution to Indian cinema. Contrary to the villainous characters he played in his early films, he is very social, a member of various organizations, and even has his very own football team, 'Bombay Dynamos Football Club'.
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