9 Doyens Of Bollywood Who Lived More Than 90 Years
14 Jun 18 @ 1:11 PM
They say actors never retire, they only retire from life. Bollywood has witnessed many actors, actresses and celebrities who’ve donned the grease paint even after passing their prime. Some retired gracefully after playing a satisfactory innings making way for the next generation. As far as lifespan is concerned, quite a few celebrities have turned octogenarian but only a handful have managed to touch 90 years and above before passing off peacefully. We look at some of the doyens of Hindi cinema who lived beyond the age of 90 years.
Dilip Kumar (1922 - )
The thespian actor needs no introduction when it comes to Bollywood. Known as the tragedy king and the ultimate method actor, Dilip Kumar was born on 11 December, 1922 who debuted as an actor in ‘Jwar Bhata’ in 1944. His other hallmark films included 'Andaz', 'Aan', 'Devdas', 'Madhumati', 'Mughal-e-Azam', 'Gunga Jumna', 'Ram Aur Shyam', 'Shakti' and others. A recipient of most of the top government honours including the Dadasaheb Phalke by the government of India and Nishan-e-Imtiaz by the Pakistani government, he has done over 60 films in a career spanning six decades. He is last of the doyens alive from the golden era.
Chandrashekhar (1922 - )
The veteran actor Chandrashekhar was born on July 7, 1922 who made his screen debut as a lead in ‘Aurat Teri Yehi Kahani’ in 1954. He worked in several prominent movies which include ‘Surang’, ‘Rustam-E-Baghdad’, ‘Street Singer’, ‘Kali Topi Lal Rumal’, ‘Cha Cha Cha’ before moving on to play supporting roles in ‘Kati Patang’, ‘Sharaabi’, ‘Shakti’ and ‘Ajnabee’. He continues to live on and appears on TV programs occasionally.
Pran Krishan Sikand was easily the most hated and feared villain of Hindi cinema who redefined villainy in every aspect on screen. Born on 12 February, 1920 he started off as a hero in the film ‘Khandaan’ in 1942 but slowly shifted to villain roles which fetched him more popularity. Some of his remarkable films were ‘Madhumati’ (1958), ‘Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai’ (1960), Half Ticket (1961), ‘Ram Aur Shyam’ (1967), Patthar Ke Sanam (1967) and Heer Ranjha (1970). He also played positive character roles in ‘Upkar’, ‘Johnny Mera Naam’, ‘Parichay’, ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Dharam-Veer, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ and ‘Sanam Bewafa’. His last film was ‘Mrityudaata’ (1997) after which he refused acting due to ill health. He died in 2013 at the age of 93 after a prolonged illness in Mumbai.
Manna Dey (1919 − 2013)
Prabodh Chandra Dey, popularly known as Manna Dey, was one of the doyens of Indian playback singing who debuted as a singer in 1942 with the film ‘Tamanna’ and went on to croon for over 4,000 songs from 1942 to 2013 in almost all Indian languages. He had lent his voice to most of the leading yesteryear stars including Ashok Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Raaj Kumar, Pran, Amitabh Bachchan and others. A recipient of the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Manna Dey died of a cardiac arrest at Bengaluru in 2013 at the age of 94.
B.R. Chopra (1914 – 2008)
Baldev Raj Chopra was born on 22 April, 1914 who started his career as a journalist but later switched to directing films. The doyen filmmaker launched his own banner ‘BR Films’ under which he made classics like ‘Afsana’ (1951), ‘Naya Daur’ (1957), ‘Sadhna’ (1958), ‘Kanoon’ (1961), ‘Gumrah’ (1963) and ‘Humraaz’ (1967) and the epic TV series, Mahabharat. He was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1998 and lived till the age of 94.
A.K. Hangal (1914 - 2012)
Avtar Kishan Hangal was a freedom fighter before donning the greasepaint for the first time at the age of 52 in Raj Kapoor’s ‘Teesri Kasam’ in 1966. He was seen in a whole lot of character roles where he shared screen space with almost all leading actors of his time. In all he acted in about 225 Hindi films in a career spanning over four decades. Some of his most famous works were in ‘Anubhav’, ‘Guddi’, ‘Bawarchi’, ‘Namak Haraam’, ‘Sholay’, ‘Chitchor’, ‘Shaukeen’ and others. He was one of the longest living Bollywood actors who died in poverty in Mumbai on 16 August 2012.
Ashok Kumar (1911 – 2001)
Born as Kumudlal Ganguly and fondly known as Dadamoni, Ashok Kumar was one of the first superstar’s of Indian cinema who was born on 13 October, 1911 in Bihar. Ashok Kumar was a multi-talented man who struck gold with his very first film ‘Achhut Kanya’ and went on to act in many films like ‘Kismet’, ‘Samadhi’, ‘Kanoon’, ‘Bandini’, ‘Aashirwad’, ‘Raakhi’ and others. He was honoured with a gamut of film and civilian awards including the Dadasaheb Phalke award and Guinness Book Of World Records for being the longest serving lead actor on screen. He died due a heart failure at the age of 90 in Mumbai on 10 December 2001.
P. Jairaj (1909 - 2000)
P. Jairaj was born on 28th September, 1909 who was one of the longest serving actors of Indian cinema for which he was felicitated by the Guinness Book Of World Records. A recipient of many prestigious awards including the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1980, he started his film career in 1930 and went on to do over 170 films of which most were costume dramas as the lead. He died in 2000 due to old age leaving behind a legacy of brilliant filmography.
Harivansh Rai Bachchan (1907 – 2003)
Born on the 27th of November, 1907, Harivansh Rai Bachchan was known for being megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s father than a poet whose songs and couplets were used in a few Hindi films. He gained popularity in the world of literature for his poems on ‘Madhushala’. His known works in Bollywood was his famous evergreen Holi song ‘Rang Barse’ sung by his son Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Silsila’. He also wrote lyrics for another song for his son’s film ‘Alaap’ and couplets for ‘Agneepath’. He breathed his last on 18th January, 2003 at the ripe age of 96 after battling various respiratory ailments.