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Continued: Legendary Indian actor Pran dies at 93, known as Bollywood's 'Villain of the Millennium'

  • Article by: ASHOK SHARMA , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 12, 2013 - 4:15 PM

He spoke so little about his work at home that his daughter didn't even know he was famous until she was older, Bhall said.

Bhall recalled that her father did not want a party on his 90th birthday three years ago, but the family invited a large number of friends and relatives anyway. Pran relented and was overjoyed to see so many guests, she said in the interview.

"He told my brother, 'Now I will be 100, and then out,'" she said.

Pran possessed a special kind of magic that allowed him to captivate so many filmgoers as a villain, recalled Bachchan in a foreword to the biography, "And Pran" by film journalist Bunny Reuben.

"Onscreen villainy is a thankless job," Bachchan wrote, "which Pran accepted and carried out with such a degree of perfection that he became the actor the entire nation loved to hate."

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