New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid rich tributes to Bollywood veteran Pran, who died in a Mumbai hospital on Friday night, describing him as an ‘icon’ who entertained several generations with his "riveting performances" in a myriad of roles in films.
     
In a condolence message, Singh said Pran had "entertained several generations of Indians with his riveting performances in hundreds of celluloid roles. His versatility in etching a lasting impression on audience's mind improved with time, for which he was bestowed with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award." He pointed out that Pran "had worked with doyens of film industry among which he was an icon.”

“On this sad occasion, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and Pran's countless fans and admirers. I pray for peace of the departed soul," he added.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar condoled the death of legendary actor Pran and paid tributes to the stature he enjoyed in the film industry.

Chavan in his message said that Pran entertained the audiences with his multi-faceted performances during his six decade-long career. His 'Sherkhan' in Zanjeer would be remembered forever by the audiences.
    
"Indian cinema has today lost an icon, an actor who set new standards of action with every role that he portrayed in the last several decades," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari in his condolence message.
    
Tewari had presented the Dada Saheb Phalke award at Pran's residence as the actor could not attend the ceremony in New Delhi due to ill-health.
    
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said the country has lost an artiste par excellence.

(Agencies)

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