Monday, August 25, 2014


It was two years back, on 26 August 2012 that A.K.Hangal  left this world for his eternal abode.May be since he acted mostly as Father, Grandfather ,Uncle etc his death felt as if the departure of a member of the family not only to film workers but also for the viewers.His skillful and quite natural  acting talents constructed a link which attached him to the hearts of the spectators.
                   A.K.Hangal( Avtar Kishan Hangal) was born in a Kashmiri Pandit family and had spent his childhood in Peshawar.He was an active participant of Indian Freedom Struggle from 1929 to 1946.
He was involved with the theatre group of IPTA along with Balraj Sahni,Kaif Azmi etc and was jailed for two years from 1947 to 1949 for his Communist activities.
He later acted in many plays in India from 1949 to 1965 and his film entry was at the age of 50 with the Basu Bhattacharya's film 'Teesri Kasam' in 1966.He continued to act in films depicting  character roles.
His roles in films like 'Aina,Namak Haram,Sholay,Chit Chor,Balika Badhu,Guddi,Kora Kagaz,Aandhi,Tapasya'Avtar' etc earned critical and viewers accolades.
In Rajesh Khanna films like 'Aap Ki Kasam,Amardeep,Naukri,Prem Bandhan,Phir Wohi Raat,Kudrat,Aaj Ka MLA, Ram Avtar,Soutela Bhai' etc his roles were excellent.
In the 1969 film 'Saat Hindustani' A.K.Hangal acted as a doctor along with Utpal Dutt,Madhu,Amitabh Bachchan,Shahnaz etc and the film was directed by K.A.Abbas.
In "Heer Ranjha' directed by Chetan Anand he acted as a court Maulvi.
In the film 'Anubhav'  A.K.Hangal acted as 'Hari' and this was a nice film of Jaya Bhaduri.
In the well acclaimed film 'Guddi' in which Jaya Bhaduri acted in title role A.K.Hangal played the role of her father.
In the film 'Mere Apne' he acted as a College Principal.In the film "Jawani Diwani' also he acted as a College Principal.

He was 'Professor Choudhary' in 'Saath Saath'  and in the film Kora Kagaz acted 
 as Principal Gupta.
His role as 'Bipinlal Pandey' in the super-hit film Namak Haram of 1973 in which Rajesh Khanna appeared along with Amitabh Bachchan earned good response from critics and viewers.
His role in Sholay earned accolades as well as the lover father 'Pitamber Choudhary' in 'Chitchor'.His role as 'Masterji' in 'Balika Badhu' was also nice.
In the film 'Aina' in 1977 he portrayed excellent  acting skill for the character as 'Ram Shastri'.
In the film 'Naukri'(78) directed by  Hrishikesh Mukherjee he acted as father of the lead actor Rajesh Khanna.
In another Rajesh Khanna film 'Amardeep' he portrayed 'Ramu Kaka'.
In the 1984 film 'Sharabi' he played the blind father of Meena(Jaya Pradha).The film had  Amitabh Bachchan as  the hero and  was  directed by Prakash Mehra.
In the 2005 film 'Paheli' directed by Amol Palekar he acted as 'Jeevraj'.Sharukh Khan and Juhi Chowla paired in this movie.
A.K.Hangal passed away on 26 August 2012.
Selected Filmography
Teesri Kasam
Saat Hindustani
Sara Akash
Mere Apne
Daag a poem of Love
Garam Hawa
Namak Haram
Aap Ki Kasam
Ishq Ishq Ishq
Aaj Ka Ye Ghar
Balika Badhu
Iman Dharam
Kala Baaz
Badaltey Rishtey
Des Pardes
Swarg Narak
Tumhare Liye
Saath Saath
Shriman Shrimati
Meri Jung
Ram Teri Ganga Maili
Mera Dushman
Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja
Tere Mere Sapne
Hari Om
Sab Kuch Hai Kuch Bhi Nahin

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