Mumbai: Bollywood fondly remembered the grand old man of Hindi cinema and distinguished theatre artist AK Hangal, saying his demise has left a 'sannata' (silence).

Hangal breathed his last at 9 AM on Sunday following a brief illness aggravated by a fracture on his thigh bone at Asha Parekh hospital in suburban Santacruz.

His funeral will take place at 1 PM at Pawan Hans crematorium in Vile Parle.

"A K Hangal no more. An era comes to an end. Theatre and films were enriched by him. Funeral at 1 PM near Pavan Hans opp Nanavati hospital," actress Shabana Azmi wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.

Filmmaker ShekHar Kapur tweeted, "A K Hangal. Lifetime dedicated to the art of acting in theatre. Will always be remembered by his films."

Veteran actor Anupam Kher tweeted, "The Marathon Man of Hindi Cinema reaches the final winning post. We will miss you Hangal Saab. RIP."

Actor Arshad Warsi, who shared screen space with Hangal in Amitabh Bachchan's 2006 home production 'Tere Mere Sapne', prayed for the departed soul.

"I had the pleasure of working with A K Hangal in 'Tere Mere Sapne', my first film... May his soul rest in peace," Warsi said.

Kunal Kohli tweeted, "Itna Sannata Kyon Hai Bhai... RIP A K Hangal Sir."

"I remember receiving the Balraj Sahni trophy at IPTA (Indian People's Theatre Association) from A K Hangal, RIP sir," actor Kunal Khemu said.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt posted, "Adieu Hangal Saab! What an innings!!!"

"A K Hangal no more, an era comes to an end. Theatre and films were enriched by him," singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya said.

"Veteran Actor A K Hangal no more... just passed away. Had great moments with him at IPTA...may his soul rest in peace," filmmaker Ashok Pandit said.

Ashmit Patel tweeted, "A moment of 'sannata' for the grand ol' man of Indian cinema. #RIP AK Hangal Sahab."

"A K Hangal, RIP. respect," said Ranvir Shorey.

Director Anubhav Sinha wrote, "Is this a year of deaths? So many people just moving on to the other side. RIP Mr Hangal."

"The real grand old man of Hindi cinema Mr AK HANGAL. Thank you for some iconic moments you gave us," posted actor Gulshan Devaiah.

Jitendra Raghuvanshi, National General Secretary of IPTA said that in the demise of A K Hangal, who was the National President of the theatre association, said the country had lost a "great artist and patriot".

"Hangal had given all his time and resources to theatre, films and social service, doing nothing for himself. Immediately after the death of his daughter-in-law in 1994, he went straight to the studios to complete his assignments," said Raghuvanshi.


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