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Pran, whose name remained unique: Bollywood's admired villain, Pran, was so talented, parents shied away from naming kids his name!

Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Dharmendra, all became heroes only by defeating Pran! He too floored viewers with his sardonic wit, flamboyant appearance and his chilling acting.

Pran Krishan Sikand chose to be a villain even though he acted in some films first as a hero.

Being a villain, he felt, was far more challenging.

Thus, this good-looking young man took up the role of the most evil villain — film after film — in the 1950s and 1960s.

The fear and dread he evoked in the hearts of the audience actually made them hate him even while they admired him for his realistic performances.

It is difficult to imagine any successful film of that era without the menacing figure of Pran lurking around with his cigarettes, cigars, pipes, turning a

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