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A. K. Hangal - an actor of unmatched performance and humility!

A.K Hangal's performance unmatched: Gowarikar
By Indo-Asian News Service
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 05:12:46 GMT
 

A. K. Hangal - an actor of unmatched performance and humility!
Bollywood veteran actor A. K. Hangal has passed away. He is remembered by peers in the industry as an actor of unmatched performance, and also a man of great humility.

Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowarikar, who worked with A.K. Hangal in the 2001 film Lagaan, says that he will always be remembered for his "unmatched performance" and that is an example for those who want to perform "naturally".

Hangal passed away here (Mumbai) Sunday following a prolonged illness. He was 97.

"It is indeed very sad news. Not only for the world of films but also for the stage. I will always remember Hangal saab's characters' as 'pious, kind-hearted and humble'! His gift for giving a natural performance is unmatched," Gowarikar said in a statement.

"His performances in Deewar, Sholay and countless films of the 1970's will make me think of him with reverence - a 'great' actor," he further added.

Hangal played Shambu Kaka in "Lagaan".

Recalling the experience of working with him, Gowarikar said that he was "amazed to discover that Hangal saab was very close to the characters he played - upright, honest, dedicated and humble."

"On the sets of 'Lagaan', I bonded with him exceptionally well. I saluted him then. I salute him today! And in years to come, he will always be reference point for me when I tell my actors - to perform naturally like the great actor A.K. Hangal," he added.


For me, he was 'Humble saab': Subhash Ghai

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, who worked with A.K. Hangal in movies including "Krodhi" and "Khalnayak", says he was a disciplined actor and thorough gentleman who was fondly referred to as "Humble saab".

Hangal passed away here Sunday following a prolonged illness. He was 97.

"He was an undying father figure in the world of theatre and Hindi cinema. He lived for 50 years in this profession only because he was disciplined and a thorough gentleman," the 67-year-old said in a statement.

"An actor who would bring theatre discipline on the sets of a film shoot too. He worked with me in 'Krodhi' and 'Khalnayak' and we used to call him 'Humble saab' not Hangal saab. He was a great soul indeed," he added.

Hangal stepped into the Hindi film industry in 1966-67 and worked in nearly 225 films. Known as a character artist, he is remembered for playing Rahim Chacha in "Sholay". Some of his other memorable movies include Namak Haraam, Bawarchi, Chupa Rustam, Abhimaan and Guddi.

He was also seen in Aamir Khan-starrer "Lagaan" (2001) and Shahrukh Khan's Paheli (2006).
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