February 7, 2020 By John

A K Hangal Saab: The Grand Aged Male of Indian Cinema


What is creditable whilst seeing the sequence in Sholay is all eyes automatically target on A K Hangal in spite of all the stars getting current. It is Hangal Saab who has been instrumental in grabbing viewer’s awareness in ‘Itna sannata kyon hai bhai’.

On a single facet we celebrated the centenary 12 months of Indian Cinema and remembering the legends who contributed thoroughly in the previous 100 a long time and on the other side we have found passing absent of some of the properly recognised film personalities from the Indian Movie Market like celebrity Rajesh Khanna, Dara Singh, B.R. Ishara, Ashok Mehta and actor A K Hangal.

Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay celebrates 37th yr of good results this calendar year but really unlikely just one can forget the character actor Avtar Kishan Hangal popularly recognized as A K Hangal who played the notable part of “Rahim Chacha” in the motion picture trying to keep terrific affect on the audiences even now with his famed 1 liner, “Itna sannata kyon hai, bhai”. In Sholay, “I was supplied the character part of a blind male and to get this character ideal I utilized psycho-method to get the sensation of blindness,” exposed the veteran actor, when I satisfied him at his modest apartment at Santa Cruz.

What is creditable even though looking at the loss of life sequence in Sholay is all eyes automatically concentration on A K Hangal in spite of all the stars remaining current. It is Hangal Saab who has been instrumental in grabbing the viewer’s focus in that scene.

As my dialogue ongoing Hangal Saab’s eyes brightened up. “When we ended up filming Sholay we by no means thought the film would go on to come to be these a sensation. Feels very good that persons nonetheless recall my character now a lot more than 35 several years right after the film’s release”. He also stated that he was concurrently taking pictures for Dev Anand’s Ishq Ishq Ishq at Nepal. “Devsaab experienced organized a exclusive helicopter for me. I utilised to complete my function for Sholay and fly back again to Nepal”.

A hugely disciplined and humble man Hangal Saab never approached any one for do the job. “I have been genuine to my career and have by no means troubled any filmmaker. All my co-actors respected me a large amount and I really feel very pleased about it”, said the actor.

In advance of coming to operate in films Hangal Saab was acknowledged for his reputation and intensive do the job carried out with IPTA. Each position he has played he took pride in it and worked upon it incredibly very seriously. A K Hangal had at the time explained this to Sanjeev Kumar, “If you start out with a hero’s job, that is all you may keep on being. You are going to by no means turn out to be an actor”.

It truly is sad that A K Hangal has still left each and every 1 of us which indeed is a permanent reduction for the marketplace which just cannot be replaced. Hangal Saab was conferred the Padmabhushan in 2006 and experienced also penned his autobiography titled “Lifestyle and Periods of A K Hangal”.