Pran, Bollywood's black gold

Pran, Bollywood's black gold

Actor Pran, 93, died in a Mumbai hospital on July 12. He was this year's Dadasaheb Phalke awardee.

Pran elevated the role of villain to a status equal to that of the hero. In a career that spanned over 6 decades, Pran acted in almost every major Bollywood film that came out in the 1960s and 70s.

Such was Pran's impact as a screen baddie, that parents would not name their sons Pran, and the name fell out of fashion.

Ahead, a look at his life and career.