Though it has come quite late for the 93-year-old thespian, it has come right nevertheless. Veteran actor Pran will receive the 2012 Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifetime contribution to cinema. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest cinematic honour given annually by the Government of India. The 93-year-old Pran, whose real name is Pran Krishan Sikand, has acted in 350 films till the 1990s and has played both positive and negative roles with equal passion. However, negative or villanous roles were dominantly responsible for his cinematic popularity and he played such roles with such effortless ease and realism that it is said parents stopped naming their children Pran.
He was declared the 'Villain of the Millennium' by Stardust in 2000 and was also on CNN's Top 25 Asian Actors of All Times List. Besides, he has got the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to cinema.
Among his most notable films are Zanjeer, Don, Amar Akbar Anthony, Upkar and Sharaabi. The roles played by him of Sher Khan and Malang in Zanjeer and Upkaar are forever etched in cine-goers' minds. His last film was 'Mrityudata' in 1997. The actor has not been in good health for some time. Bollywood has reacted with jubilation over his nomination for the coveted prize.
Sanjay Dutt will play his iconic character Sher Khan in the Zanjeer remake.