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Another big loss for Bollywood with passing of AK Hangal
The man who was known as the most lovable Chacha went for his heavenly abode on Sunday. It is another loss for Bollywood as with him an era ends.

AVTAR KISHEN Hangal passed away on Sunday, August 26, after leading a full life of 95 years. Although, a very respected character artist of Bollywood, his funeral rites were not attended by the big names of Bollywood. His immediate family and friends were present at the last journey of his life. His son Vijay Hangal performed the last rites that took place in Mumbai and Ila Arun, Raza Murad with Raj Zutshi was present on the occasion.


Ila Arun said, “It is a great loss. It's a personal loss and I feel as if I am orphaned and if the youth loved the man then they would take points from the great man himself.” Hangal, who came into films quite late, when he was 50 years old, was the favourite oldie and played it to perfection in all his 225 films. Raj Zutshi offered his condolences to the family and said, “When one's general passes away, a void is left.” He also talked about Hangal's playfulness and secular ideas. Raza Murad remembered the great man through his three best films of his career, 'Namak Haram, Dacait and Ram teri Ganga Maili. He also talked about A K Hangal's association with his latest tele-series, 'Madhubala', which is also A K Hangal's last work.

Born into a Kashmiri Pandit family, the veteran actor spent his childhood in Peshawar where he had performed in theaters for some major roles. In a career that spanned 5 decades Hangal worked with several noted artists. However, acting was not his only profession. Before he became an actor, he was a tailor and fought for the country during Independence. He befriended several cine stars and was persudaed to do films. His best work include, Namak Haram, Sholay, Shaukeen, Guddi and Bawarchi. He was also a leading man of the IPTA, which has leftist leanings, and include others such as Shailendra, Iftikhar and Balraj Sahni.

Post 2007, the actor was hospitalized and was in dire need of money. The film industry did step up to the man's needs and helped him. It was reported that as soon as Jaya Bachchan heard of his failing health, she sent over a cheque of 5 lakh to take care of his hospital needs. Hangal always considered Jaya Bachchan to be his daughter, and acted in several films such as Anamika, Guddi, Abhimaan, Parichay and Kora Kagaz with her. AK Hangal's last film was Amol Palekar's Paheli in 2005.


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