7 Iconic Movies of Pran

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Dr. Kailash - Aah (1953)

Pran starred as the good-hearted doctor who is both physician and friend to the Raibahadur (Raj Kapoor) and who must contend with his friend's illness and what that does to the latter's love life.

Raja Ugra Narain - Madhumati (1958)

Pran starred as the evil feudal lord in the Bimal Roy classic which is one of the many inspirations for Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om (2007), playing the Raja with streak of coarse blackness that doesn't allow for any light in till the hero challenges his might.

Raka - Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960)

In the Raj Kapoor production, Pran starred as the fearsome dacoit leader Raka who terrorises villages and villagers before being forced to confront his wrongdoing and turning a new leaf.

Gajendra - Ram aur Shyam (1967)

As the evil, almost despotic brother-in-law to Ram and Shyam (played by Dilip Kumar), Pran leaned heavily into playing everyone's worst idea of a relative and dialed it right up.

Mohan - Johny Mera Naam (1970)

As the suave henchman to the degenerate Raibahadur (Prem Nath), Pran cuts a mysterious figure whose inherent dramatics counter the lightness of Sohan (Dev Anand).

Sher Khan - Zanjeer (1975)

The criminal who turns out to be a force for good is one of Pran's most memorable turns, with the fanfare of "Yaari Hai Imaan" and the gravitas of Sher Khan's immensely quotable lines.

Jasjit - Don (1978)

As the wounded, vengeful father looking for his children, Pran practically played the lead of the film's emotional angle, bringing intensity to what may have been a stock role in the hands of a lesser actor.