Death Cause: Prolonged Illness
Age: 97 Years
Death Date: 26/08/2012
|Full name||Avtar Kishan Hangal Life & Times of A K Hangal|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 4”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 60kg
in pounds- 132lbs
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Debut||Film: Teesri Kasam (1966) as Hiraman's older brother
TV: Darkness (1986)
|Last Appearance||Film: Krishna Aur Kans (2012) as "Ugrasen"
TV Show: Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon (2012) as "Kendisi"
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Hindi cinema (2006)
|Date of Birth||1 February 1914 (Sunday)|
|Birthplace||Sialkot, Punjab, British India|
|Date of Death||26 August 2012 (Sunday)|
|Place of Death||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Age (at the time of death)||97 Years|
|Death Cause||Prolonged Illness India TV News|
|School||Khalsa High School, Peshawar|
|Religion||Hinduism Life and Times of A K Hangal|
|Caste||Kashmiri Pandit Life and Times of A.K. Hangal|
|Political Inclination||Communist Party The Times of India|
|Address||3, Saraswati Mansion, 4th Road,
Santacruz East, Mumbai-400055,
|Hobbies||Painting, Music, Drama|
|Controversies||In 1993, A.K. Hangal was invited to attend the Pakistan day celebration by the consulate in Mumbai. He applied for a visa to visit Pakistan when this news reached out to Shiv Sena's Bal Thackeray, he took offense and labeled him as a "Traitor". He was threatened to be banned from Bollywood, his effigies were burned and his scenes were deleted from the films. The Times of India|
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Married|
|Children||Son- Vijay Hangal (Photographer)
|Parents||Father- Pandit Hari Kishan Hangal (Government employee)
Mother- Ragia Hundoo
Some Lesser Known Facts About A. K. Hangal
- A. K. Hangal was a veteran Indian actor, who started his film career at the age of 40 and has acted in more than 200 Bollywood movies for which, he has been awarded Padma Bhushan in 2006 by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
- A. K. Hangal had a Kashmiri Pandit background, who had migrated to Peshawar. His grandfather was an assistant commissioner in the city of Peshawar.
- In his childhood, he would visit the Parsi Theatrical Company along with his father in Peshawar. His father was very fond and would take up the seats in the front row of the theatre.
- In 1936, A. K. Hangal became a part of an amateur theatre group called “Shri Sangeet Priya Mandal.”
- After completing his matriculation, he began to work as a tailor against the wishes of his father, who had recommended him for a government job.
- A. K. Hangal was deeply inspired by the struggles of independence that took place around him which, shaped his revolutionary beliefs and ideas and helped him become a part of the anti-imperialist struggle in the country.
- He was imprisoned for two years for his Communist ideologies after he moved from Peshawar to Karachi. Zee News
- He moved to Bombay in 1949, after the partition, and joined IPTA (Indian People’s Theatre Association) along with veterans including Balraj Sahni and Kaifi Azmi.
- At the age of 40, he made his film debut as Raj Kapoor‘s elder brother in Basu Bhattacharya’s Teesri Kasam (1966).
- A. K. Hangal has been a constant in Rajesh Khanna‘s solo male lead hero films from Bawarchi in 1972 to Sautela Bhai in 1996. He has worked with him on a total of 16 films.
- A. K. Hangal’s portrayal as “Rahim Chacha” in the blockbuster Sholay (1975) is widely acclaimed. He also did portray “Rahim Chacha” in Khud-Daar (1982).
- A. K. Hangal was shooting for Ramesh Sippy‘s Sholay (1975) and Dev Anand‘s Ishk Ishk Ishk (1974) simultaneously. Dev Anand had arranged a helicopter for him to help him commute to the set location easily in Kathmandu.
- His character of Inder Mohan – a lecherous old man, alongside Ashok Kumar and Utpal Dutt, in Shaukeen 1982, was applauded and talked a lot about by the audience.
- A. K. Hangal has also penned his autobiography named “Life & Times of A K Hangal”, where he talks about early life in Peshawar and Karachi and struggle years in Mumbai.
- Some of his best performances came in his later years with movies such as Shararat (2002), Tere Mere Sapne (1997), Lagaan (2001).
- A. K. Hangal made his last appearance in a TV show called Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon (2012) aired on 1 June at 22:00 on Colors.
- His son Vijay Hangal who was a still photographer had a back problem that kept him away from work. And his wife had already predeceased him.
- During his final years, A. K. Hangal’s financial condition was poor and, was suffering from severe health problems.