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Avtar Kishan Hangal popularly known as A. K. Hangal, was an
Indian freedom fighter from 1929-1947 then became a theater actor from 1936-1965
and later in 1966 became a character actor in Hindi language films.
His most notable roles are as Ram Shastri in Aaina (1977), as
the Inder Sen in Shaukeen, as Bipinlal Pandey in Namak Haraam, as Imaam
Sa'ab in Sholay, as Anokhelal in Manzil and the negative character in Prem
Bandhan and the 16 films he did with Rajesh Khanna. He has acted in
around 225 Hindi films in a career spanning from 1966 to 2005 and was
theater artist from 1936-1965. Hangal was last seen in a TV show, Madhubala,
in May 2012.
AK Hangal died on 26 August 2012 at the age of 97
Hangal is remembered for some of the most heart-rending
performances in Sholay, Shaukeen,Namak
Haram, Guddi, Bawarchi, Lagaan and
He received the prestigious Padma Bhushan award for his
contribution to Hindi Cinema in 2006.
Hangal's journey to filmdom was not a cake walk. He had heard
of Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) while he was in Pakistan and
was quite impressed by their work of spreading social messages through
After the partition, Hangal chose to stay back in Pakistan
but he was arrested because of his communist ideologies. He even spent two
years in jail, later he was asked to go to India.
At the age of 21, he came to the city of dreams, Mumbai, with
Rs 20 in his pocket.
Later he started doing plays with Indian People's Theatre
It was Balraj Sahni and Chetan Anand, who saw his stage work
and encouraged him to join Hindi cinema. Hangal was not interested in
movies, but destiny had already planned a filmi journey of his life.
When he was in his 40s, director Basu Chatterjee offered him
to play Raj Kapoor's brother in Teesri
Though he was not keen on doing the film but then too he shot, later only to
find out that the scene was chopped.
But after that there was no looking back as he played the
doting father, uncle and friend to actors like Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Bachchan,
Hema Malini, Rekha, Sunny Deol and others. He recently shot for TV Series Madhubala.
Hangal is survived by his 74-year-old son Vijay as his wife
Manorama predeceased him.