A. K. Hangal, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Death Cause: Prolonged Illness
Age: 97 Years
Death Date: 26/08/2012

A.K. Hangal

Full nameAvtar Kishan Hangal [1]Life & Times of A K Hangal
Profession Actor
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 ColourDark Brown
DebutFilm: Teesri Kasam (1966) as Hiraman's older brother
Teesri Kasam

Teesri Kasam

TV: Darkness (1986)
Last Appearance Film: Krishna Aur Kans (2012) as "Ugrasen" Krishna aur Kans
TV Show: Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon (2012) as "Kendisi"
Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon
Awards, Honours, Achievements Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Hindi cinema (2006)
A.K. Hangal with Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Personal Life
Date of Birth1 February 1914 (Sunday)
Birthplace Sialkot, Punjab, British India
Date of Death 26 August 2012 (Sunday)
Place of DeathMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Age (at the time of death) 97 Years
Death CauseProlonged Illness [2]India TV News
Zodiac signAquarius
Nationality Indian
HometownPeshawar, Pakistan
SchoolKhalsa High School, Peshawar
ReligionHinduism [3]Life and Times of A K Hangal
CasteKashmiri Pandit [4]Life and Times of A.K. Hangal
Political InclinationCommunist Party [5]The Times of India
Address3, Saraswati Mansion, 4th Road,
Santacruz East, Mumbai-400055,
Maharashtra, India
HobbiesPainting, Music, Drama
ControversiesIn 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. [6]The Times of India
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Married
Wife/Spouse Manorma Dar
ChildrenSon- Vijay Hangal (Photographer)
A.K. Hangal's son Vijay Hangal
ParentsFather- Pandit Hari Kishan Hangal (Government employee)
Mother- Ragia Hundoo
Krishan Kumari
Bishan Kumari

AK Hangal


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.

    AK Hangal

    A. K. Hangal during his younger days

  • 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. [7]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 with Rajesh Khanna

    A. K Hangal with Rajesh Khanna

  • 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).

    AK Hangal in Sholay

    AK Hangal in Sholay (1975)

  • 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 in Lagaan (2001)

    A.K Hangal in 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.