The Ministry for Information & Broadcasting, on 10 May 2013 presented the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for life time achievement to Pran Kishan Sikand, popularly known as Pran at his residence in Mumbai. The veteran actor was unable to travel to New Delhi for the National Film Awards function held on 3 May 2013.
The veteran actor was presented the coveted award, comprising of a Swarn Kamal, Citation, Shawl and a cash prize of 10 lakhs rupees.
Pran is the 44th recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, that was instituted in 1969, the birth centenary year Dadasaheb Phalke, considered the Father of Indian Cinema. The veteran actor has given sterling performances in many films along with Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor in 1950s 60s and 70s. Pran’s performances have received acclaim in films like Azaad, Madhumati, Devdas, Dil Diya Dard Liya, Ram Aur Shyam and Aadmi, Ziddi, Munimji, Amar Deep, Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Aah, Chori Chori, Jagte Raho, Chhalia, Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai, Zanjeer etc.
Major Facts related to Pran
• Born in the year 1920 in Old Delhi, Pran started his career way back in 1940.
• He first ventured into photography but a chance meeting with a film producer got him his first role in a film called Yamla Jat.
• He has acted in over 400 films in a career spanning six decades.
• In 2001, the Government of India had honoured Pran with the Padma Bhushan award.