Veteran Actor A.K. Hangal Dead

Veteran actor Avtar Kishen Hangal has died in a Mumbai hospital today. He was 95.

Mr Hangal was admitted to Parekh Hospital in Santa Cruz in suburban Mumbai on August 16 after he slipped and fell in his bathroom, fracturing his right thigh bone, on August 13.

“He had a fall on August 13. On August 16, he was admitted to the hospital as he had suffered a back injury and had to undergo a surgery. But that could not take place as later it was found that he has chest and breathing problems,” the actor’s son Vijay Hangal said last evening.

Mr Hangal was put on life support today and was too weak to be operated on. “He is on life support system. One of his lungs is not functioning. He is also having respiratory problems,” Dr Vinod Khanna, Orthopaedic surgeon at Asha Parekh hospital told PTI.

AK Hangal, who has acted in over 200 films, is best known for his roles in Namak Haram, Sholay, Shaukin and Aaina. He was recently seen in TV series Madhubala, seven years after he last faced the camera.

A.K. Hangal Biography

Avtar vineet Kishan Hangal was born to Pandit Hari Kishan Hangal. His childhood was spent in Peshawar, where he had performed in theatre for some major roles. However, his primary occupation for the early part of his life was that of a tailor. He was an active participant in the Indian freedom struggle. Following his father’s retirement, the family moved from Peshawar to Karachi. He moved to Bombay after the Partition of India in 1949 after 3 years in prison in Pakistan. He was involved with the theatre group IPTA along with Balraj Sahni and Kaifi Azmi, both of whom had Marxist leanings.

He started his Hindi film career at the very late age of around 50 with Basu Bhattacharya’s Teesri Kasam in 1966, and went on to play the quintessential meek and oppressed old man in innumerable Hindi movies. His own favourites are the roles he played in Sholay and Shaukeen. In movies he has played a very large number of character roles, mostly positive. He has acted in more than 125 films so far.


The Government of India awarded him the prestigious Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Hindi Cinema in 2006.

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