‘Villain’ Ashish Vidyarthi euphoric at Phalke for ‘bad guy’ Pran

Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) Actor Ashish Vidyarthi, known for portraying baddies in films, is happy that Bollywood’s famous villain Pran will be honoured with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award.

“Yes, it’s a huge thing. His impact on the Indian society cannot be understated. For many years no kid was named ‘Pran’. Just imagine he had such a big impact,” said Ashish on the sidelines of a programme here Tuesday.

Pran, who acted in over 350 films, became an object of hatred after his portrayals of a bad guy in a series of films, including hits like “Madhumati”, “Ziddi” and “Ram Aur Shyam”.

But he also did character roles in films like “Upkaar” and “Zanjeer” and it helped in changing viewers’ perceptions of him.

“…it’s been amazing and the fact that he has worked in such amazing films again not just as a villain,” said Ashish.

The 93-year-old was named for the Dada Saheb Phalke award – the highest honour in Indian cinema – earlier this month.

“He is a very inspiring person. I have worked with him once so that is something I hold very dear to me,” said Ashish recollecting old memories.

Ashish, famous for his portrayal of negative characters in movies like “Vaastav”, “Daud” and “Soldier” and other Bengali and south Indian films, launched an audio CD “Blue Strings” at the event.

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by authors, news service providers on this page do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Hill Post. Any views or opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual. Hill Post makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site page.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.