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#GoldenFrames: A. K. Hangal

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A. K. Hangal’s dialogue, “Itna sannata kyun hai bhai?” resonates in Indian cinema even after his death. He was a freedom fighter who fought for India’s independence. Hangal continued to fight for workers’ rights after the India-Pakistan partition in 1947 in Karachi, Pakistan. The actor did landmark movies such as ‘Sholay’, ‘Namak Haraam’ and ‘Lagaan’. Hangal admitted in one of his interviews that he only watched 50 out of 225 movies he has worked in! Unlike other actors, Hangal made his debut in Hindi cinema at the age of 50.


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Avtar Kishan Hangal was born on February 1, 1914, to Pandit Hari Kishan Hangal and Ragia Hundoo in Sialkot in Punjab, Pakistan. The actor had two sisters Bishan and Kishan. Hangal was brought up in Peshawar, Pakistan, as his grandfather was the assistant commissioner and his father too had a government job. Following his father’s retirement, the family moved from Peshawar to Karachi, Pakistan. Hangal learnt tailoring and formed a trade union for tailors in Karachi, Pakistan. Apart from being a professional tailor, he was a theatre artist as well. He worked in plays under Shree Sangeet Priya Mandal, a theatre group, for a decade. Being a freedom fighter. Juggling between two jobs didn’t stop Hangal from being an active member during the freedom struggle.


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Being a freedom fighter, the actor spent three years in jail in Karachi, Pakistan before coming to Mumbai, India. The actor had no plans to come to India after the Partition but was sent here by the Pakistan government. He told Filmfare in 2011, “I came to India from Karachi in 1949 with just Rs 30 in my pocket. I was tadipar (banished) from Pakistan. I refused to bow before them. I had secular and communist leanings. My progressive views didn’t suit them.”

(Photo: Rajesh Khanna and A.K. Hangal in a still from the movie ‘Avtaar’)


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#GoldenFrames: A. K. Hangal, an actor par excellence

Hangal joined the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA), where he bonded with like-minded personages such as Prithviraj Kapoor, Balraj Sahni and Kaifi Azmi. Things changed for Hangal when he was offered a role by ‘parallel cinema filmmaker’ Basu Bhattacharya in ’Teesri Kasam’ (1966), where he played the role of Raj Kapoor’s elder brother. Followed by his role in Samir Ganguly’s ‘Shagird’ (1967), as Saira Banu’s quirky father, which kick-started his screen career.


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#GoldenFrames: A. K. Hangal, an actor par excellence

The actor continued to play character roles such as a loving father, helpful neighbour, loyal servant or a close relative for two decades. Hangal is best known for his role as Rahim Chacha in ‘Sholay’ (1975). His iconic dialogue in the movie, ‘Itna sannata kyun hai bhai,’ has achieved the same kind of cult status as Gabbar Singh’s ‘Kitne aadmi the?’ For ‘Sholay’ (1975), Hangal learnt Islamic hymns and tried to perfect the body language for the role of an imam. The actor used to well research such roles.

(Photo: Dharmendra and A.K. Hangal in a still from the movie ‘Sholay’)


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#GoldenFrames: A. K. Hangal, an actor par excellence

His other well-known performances include playing the elder brother Ramnath Sharma in ‘Bawarchi’ (1972), as Jaya Bhaduri’s indulgent father in ‘Guddi’ (1971), a role he reprised in ‘Abhimaan’ (1973). Hangal worked with Rajesh Khanna in around sixteen movies. His most memorable roles were in ‘Aap Ki Kasam’ (1974), ‘Amar Deep’ (1979), ‘Thodisi Bewafaii’ (1980) and ‘Avtaar ‘(1983).

(Photo: Jaya Bhaduri and A.K. Hangal in a still from the movie ‘Guddi’)


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#GoldenFrames: A. K. Hangal, an actor par excellence

He is remembered as the raunchy old man in the bold comedy ‘Shaukeen’ (1982), who had fantasies about young women in the company of Ashok Kumar and Utpal Dutt. ‘Parichay’ (1972), ‘Namak Haram’ (1973), ‘Abhimaan’ (1973), ‘Naram Garam’ (1973), ‘Garam Hawa’ (1973), ‘Chitchor’ (1976), ‘Khoon Bhari Maang’ (1988), ‘Khal Nayak’ (1993), ‘Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India’ (2001) and ‘Shararat’ (2002) are some of his other memorable movies.

(Photo: A.K. Hangal, Ashok Kumar and Utpal Dutt in a still from the movie ‘Shaukeen’)


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#GoldenFrames: A. K. Hangal, an actor par excellence

In the early 1990s, he was reportedly labelled anti-national by political parties for attending Independence Day celebrations at the Pakistan Consul-General’s office. The actor was boycotted and remained out of work for two years. The incident left him deeply hurt. “I am a stranger in this world because of my ideological and political background, sensitiveness and social commitments,” he wrote in his biography, ‘Life And Times Of AK Hangal.’


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#GoldenFrames: A. K. Hangal, an actor par excellence

Hangal played Shambhu Kaka, the oldest inhabitant of a drought-struck village in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s ‘Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India’ (2001). The movie received widespread critical acclaim and awards at international film festivals, as well as many Indian film awards. It became the third Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after ‘Mother India’ (1957) and ‘Salaam Bombay!’ (1988).

(Photo: Aamir Khan and A.K. Hangal in a still from the movie ‘Lagaan’)


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#GoldenFrames: A. K. Hangal, an actor par excellence

It is believed that filmmakers were afraid to cast him in villainous roles. “My screen image made me so noble, that whenever I tried to do a bad man’s role, the film did not run. For example, Ramanand Sagar’s ‘Prem Bandhan’ and Ved Rahi’s ‘Kalighata’. Perhaps I look like a gentleman and cannot hide that,” the actor mentioned in his biography, ‘Life And Times Of AK Hangal.’


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