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...and PRAN: A Biography
...and PRAN: A Biography
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From the Jacket :

For the better part of the twentieth century, he was recognized as the eponymous 'bad man' of Indian cinema. Whether a sadistic despot or a malicious village bully, a dissolute city animal or a wicked anti-national, Pran portrayed the infinite shades of evil with consummate ease. Such was the impact that, it for centuries, not a single person has been named Ravan, then for over three decades after Independence, almost no male child was named Pran, because he was 'branded' as the personification of evil.

While Pran perfected the art of portraying evil in all its dimensions, he also immortalized the 'good' image in some of the most memorable characterizations ever seen on the Indian screen. Whatever the role, each performance was suffused with originality and imagination. By his use of highly stylized mannerism, unusual getups, realistic make-up and different accents, Pran succeeded in rising above the ordinary, in turning stereotypes into unforgettable characters.

This biography unveils the life and times of one of India's most important actors. Not only does it bring to light a career that spans more than six decades and 350 films, but it also presents an intimate portrait of the man behind the image.

About the Author :

Bunny Reuben took to film journalism in the late 1940s, From the 1950s to the 1970s, he was an in-the field reporter and writer of feature articles for the Indian Express group, Filmfare and Star & Style. He was also the founder-editor of Cine Blitz in 1975. Bunny Reuben has several books to his credit including the biographies of the legendary Mehboob Khan, the 'great showman' Raj Kapoor and the 'star legend of Indian Cinema' - Dilip Kumar. A well-known editor once remarked with reference to Bunny Reuben: 'He has raised film journalism to the level of literature.'

CONTENTS

Foreword7
Acknowledgements16
Prologue15
PART ONE
1.Destiny Lingers at the Paan Shop21
2.The Beginning...28
3.Lahore: A Star Career Begins33
4.Marriage...and a New Chapter of Life44
5.Destination: Bombay52
6.Pran's 'Tryst' with Destiny60
PART TWO
7.The Fabulous Fifties73
8.The Family Grows...91
9.Bollywood and the South99
10.Pran and 'The Big Three'109
11.The Actor Prepares128
12.The Preparation Continues...142
13.The Sports Lover156
PART THREE
14.The Splendid Sixties: Riding a Tidal Wave of Success173
15.Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai: Understanding Raaka187
16.Shaheed: A Landmark Film195
17.The Turning Point: Upkar206
18.The Family and Friends in the 1960s222
19.The Splendid Sixties Draw to a Close231
PART FOUR
20.The 1970s: Scaling New Heights239
21.Raja and Rana Ride in Victoria No: 203252
22.The Be-imaan Controversy: A Matter of Principle261
23.Zanjeer: Setting a New Trend273
24.The Wheel of Life Turns...292
25.The Successful Seventies Continue303
PART FIVE
26.Pran in the 1980s: Five Decades in Showbiz317
27.Pran: The Gentleman Villain339
28.The Opposite Sex...and Pran349
29.The Real Man versus the reel Image368
30.In the Coolness of the Shadows383
Epilogue395
Appendix 1: Filmography397
Appendix 2: Awards Won by Pran429
Index433

...and PRAN: A Biography

Item Code:
IDF010
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2005
ISBN:
817223466X
Language:
English
Size:
9.5" X 6.5"
Pages:
446 (Color Illus: 16, B & W Illus: 51)
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From the Jacket :

For the better part of the twentieth century, he was recognized as the eponymous 'bad man' of Indian cinema. Whether a sadistic despot or a malicious village bully, a dissolute city animal or a wicked anti-national, Pran portrayed the infinite shades of evil with consummate ease. Such was the impact that, it for centuries, not a single person has been named Ravan, then for over three decades after Independence, almost no male child was named Pran, because he was 'branded' as the personification of evil.

While Pran perfected the art of portraying evil in all its dimensions, he also immortalized the 'good' image in some of the most memorable characterizations ever seen on the Indian screen. Whatever the role, each performance was suffused with originality and imagination. By his use of highly stylized mannerism, unusual getups, realistic make-up and different accents, Pran succeeded in rising above the ordinary, in turning stereotypes into unforgettable characters.

This biography unveils the life and times of one of India's most important actors. Not only does it bring to light a career that spans more than six decades and 350 films, but it also presents an intimate portrait of the man behind the image.

About the Author :

Bunny Reuben took to film journalism in the late 1940s, From the 1950s to the 1970s, he was an in-the field reporter and writer of feature articles for the Indian Express group, Filmfare and Star & Style. He was also the founder-editor of Cine Blitz in 1975. Bunny Reuben has several books to his credit including the biographies of the legendary Mehboob Khan, the 'great showman' Raj Kapoor and the 'star legend of Indian Cinema' - Dilip Kumar. A well-known editor once remarked with reference to Bunny Reuben: 'He has raised film journalism to the level of literature.'

CONTENTS

Foreword7
Acknowledgements16
Prologue15
PART ONE
1.Destiny Lingers at the Paan Shop21
2.The Beginning...28
3.Lahore: A Star Career Begins33
4.Marriage...and a New Chapter of Life44
5.Destination: Bombay52
6.Pran's 'Tryst' with Destiny60
PART TWO
7.The Fabulous Fifties73
8.The Family Grows...91
9.Bollywood and the South99
10.Pran and 'The Big Three'109
11.The Actor Prepares128
12.The Preparation Continues...142
13.The Sports Lover156
PART THREE
14.The Splendid Sixties: Riding a Tidal Wave of Success173
15.Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai: Understanding Raaka187
16.Shaheed: A Landmark Film195
17.The Turning Point: Upkar206
18.The Family and Friends in the 1960s222
19.The Splendid Sixties Draw to a Close231
PART FOUR
20.The 1970s: Scaling New Heights239
21.Raja and Rana Ride in Victoria No: 203252
22.The Be-imaan Controversy: A Matter of Principle261
23.Zanjeer: Setting a New Trend273
24.The Wheel of Life Turns...292
25.The Successful Seventies Continue303
PART FIVE
26.Pran in the 1980s: Five Decades in Showbiz317
27.Pran: The Gentleman Villain339
28.The Opposite Sex...and Pran349
29.The Real Man versus the reel Image368
30.In the Coolness of the Shadows383
Epilogue395
Appendix 1: Filmography397
Appendix 2: Awards Won by Pran429
Index433

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