Biography of A K Hangal . A K Hangal was the most senior Bollywood Artist till date and a legendary Freedom Fighter. Even at the age of 97, he appeared in TV Show Madhubala in May this year. Â He was awarded prestigiousÂ Padma BhushanÂ for his contribution to Hindi Cinema in 2006.
Born as AvtarÂ Â Kishan HangalÂ on 1 February 1917 , Â A. K. Hangal, acted in over 200 Hindi Films spanning from 1966 to 2005. Â He is most popularly known as Â Imaam Sa’ab inÂ Sholay. apart from it his other notable roles includeÂ Ram Shastri in Aaina (1977), as the Inder Sen in Shaukeen, as Bipinlal Pandey inÂ Namak Haraam, as, as Anokhelal inÂ ManzilÂ and the negative character in Prem Bandhan. He did a total of Â 16 films with Superstar Â Rajesh Khanna.
A K Hangal was born into aÂ Kashmiri PanditÂ family atÂ Peshawar, now Pakistan to Â Pandit Hari Kishan Hangal. In the early part of his life he was a tailor.
He moved to Bombay after theÂ Partition of IndiaÂ in 1949 after 3 years in prison in Pakistan. He was involved with the theatre groupÂ IPTAÂ along withÂ Balraj SahniÂ andÂ Kaifi Azmi.
H acted in a plethora of Â films likeÂ Namak Haraam,Â Shaukeen,Â Sholay,Â AainaÂ ,Â Avtaar,Â Arjun,Â Aandhi,Â Tapasya,Â Kora Kagaz,Â Bawarchi,Â Chhupa Rustam,Â Chitchor,Â Balika Badhu,Â Guddi,Â Naram GaramÂ . Â
He, as a character actor, always was part of the most of the films withÂ Rajesh KhannaÂ as the lead hero likeÂ Aap Ki Kasam,Â Amar Deep,Â Naukri,Â Prem Bandhan,Â Thodisi Bewafaii,Â Phir Wohi Raat,Â Kudrat,Â Aaj Ka M.L.A., Ram Avtar,Â BewafaiÂ till Sautela Bhai in 1996.
In recent years he acted in few films like Â ShararatÂ (2002) his character roles inÂ Tere Mere SapneÂ (1997) andÂ Lagaan. His last big movie was PaheliÂ Â in 2005.
On 8 February 2011, Hangal ‘walked’ the ramp in a wheelchair for fashion designer Riyaz Ganji for his summer line in Mumbai.
His Autobiography Life and Times of A.K. Hangal was published inÂ 1999.
Hangal, aged 95, had a fall on August 13. On August 16 he was admitted to the Asha Parekh Hospital in Santa Cruz as he had suffered a back injury when he fell in his house and fractured his right femur. He had to undergo a surgery, but that could not take place as later it was found the actor has trouble breathing and a history of lung disease, kidney problems and tuberculosis.Â AK Hangal breathed his last on 26th August 2012 at the age of 95.