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On Pran’s 100 birth anniverary, B-Town recalls an actor & a gentleman

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Iconic screen villain Pran would have lived to be a hundred on Thursday, February 13, and a few B-town personalities including veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan took to social media to remember the late actor as a fine artiste and gentleman.

Big B shared screen space with Pran in several superhit films including “Zanjeer”, “Kaalia” and “Amar Akbar Anthony”. He tweeted: “On his 100th Birth Anniversary.. Pran Saheb an ode to him … The sophisticated elegance of dignified presence. A demeanour of a quiet un pronounced , unmistakable marked discipline. The tenderness of a considerate colleague. Soft spoken, reserved, Urdu verse literate, and all other justifiable similar sentiments, for the gentleman called Pran. And none of the above could ever be related to the kind of roles he mostly played on screen – the negative villain ! Such was the caliber of his acting prowess! This is a distinction beyond par!”

Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha wrote: “Pran means life. But looks at the success of an actor, ever since he became a villain people stopped calling their children by this name. He would be hundred today.”

“Pran saab great actor all time .. so true even one loved him so much that no body kept his son’s name PRAN,” tweeted filmmaker Anil Sharma, recalling how his class acts as a Bollywood bad man made Pran such a menacing figure that generations of parents refrained from naming their child as Pran.

Born on February 12 1920 in erstwhile British India’s Lahore (now in Pakistan), started out in 1940 with a supporting role in the Punjabi film, “Yamla Jat”. Even as he tried out playing the hero in a few films including “Khandaan” (1942), “Pilpili Saheb” (1954) and “Halaku” (1956), he would go on to make his mark redefining Bollywood villainy through the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties.

From the start of his career till his last appearance — in the 2007 release, “Dosh” — Pran also did some fine character roles.

In a career spanning over 350 films, his performances in “Madhumati” (1958), “Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai” (1960), “Upkar” (1967), “Shaheed” (1965), “Purab Aur Paschim” (1970), “Ram Aur Shyam” (1967), “Johny Mera Naam” (1970), “Victoria No. 203” (1972), “Be-Imaan” (1972), “Zanjeer” (1973), “Don” (1978) and “Amar Akbar Anthony” (1977) are considered exceptional.

In 2001, the actor became a recipient of Padma Bhushan for his contributions to the arts.

He was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2013, the highest award in cinema conferred by the government in India. He passed away the same year at the age of 93 of old age.

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I-T sleuths ‘search’ Sonu Sood’s home for second day

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 For the second consecutive day, the Income Tax Department continued its ‘survey’ operations at the home of Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, official sources said here on Thursday.

A team of IT sleuths swooped on the 48-year-old Sood’s Juhu home to carry out search operations to detect certain alleged financial irregularities.

The IT department is examining bank statements, books of accounts, documents and details of financial or other business transactions during the ‘survey’, for suspected tax evasion, though no details are being shared officially.

In Wednesday’s operations, the IT had searched around half-a-dozen premises linked to the actor, including offices and other properties in Mumbai and certain locations in Lucknow.

Sood shot into limelight last year (2020) for arranging free flights or luxury buses for stranded migrants during the lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic and sent them to different parts of India, besides organising liquid medical oxygen supplies to various hospitals during the second Covid wave this year (2021).

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IT department ‘surveys’ actor Sonu Sood’s Mumbai premises

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 The Income Tax Department is ‘surveying’ the Mumbai offices and home in the suburbs belonging to Bollywood actor Sonu Sood here on Wednesday, official sources said.

Teams of IT sleuths began the operations since morning, though the reason behind the action is not immediately known.

Sood had shot into prominence last year for arranging free flights to enable stranded migrants reach their homes in different parts of India during the nationwide lockdown.

He also had a scrap with the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for allegedly converting his six-story house in Juhu into an illegal boarding.

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Tahira Kashyap reveals how Ayushmann Khurrana won her heart

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On Ayushmann Khurrana’s 37th birthday on Tuesday, his filmmaker-wife Tahira Kashyap revealed how the actor won her heart, when they both were just 19 years old.

Tahira on Tuesday shared a throwback picture on Instagram and penned a heart-warming note talking about how the actor wooed her.

“We were 19! I found you quite cool, with your frames, bike, matching sweaters and mufflers, but what got my heart was when you held the guitar and sang a song for me,” Tahira wrote.

She added: “You have always been passionate about art and what inspires me is after all these years your innocence and excitement towards work and life remains the same. You have been my biggest confidante and cheerleader.

“I might not be a big romantic as the goofiness (like you would say) gets the better of me, but I want to tell you that life is amazing with you and I continue learning a lot from you! Happy birthday umm P.S. – we were such lookers no.”

Ayushmann and Tahira were childhood sweethearts. The two got married in 2008. The couple welcomed their son Virajveer in 2012 and daughter Varushka in 2014.

Ayushmann’s upcoming roster includes ‘Anek’, ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ and ‘Doctor G’.

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