Mumbai/ New Delhi: Here are some unknown facts about the veteran character actor of Bollywood, Avtar Kishan Hangal popularly known as AK Hangal, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 98 in a private Hospital in Mumbai after a brief illness.

•    The veteran actor AK Hangal’s original name was Avtar Kishan Hangal

•    AK Hangal was born on February 1 1917  into a Kashmiri Pandit family and spent his childhood in Peshawar

•    Hangal’s father's name was Pandit Hari Kishan Hangal

•    Hangal’s primary occupation for the early part of his life was that of a tailor

•    He was an active participant in the Indian freedom struggle. Following his father's retirement, the family moved from Peshawar to Karachi. He moved to Bombay after the Partition of India in 1949 after 3 years in prison in Pakistan. He was involved with the theatre group IPTA along with Balraj Sahni and Kaifi Azmi

•    Interestingly, Hangal started his Hindi film career at the very late age of 50 with Basu Bhattacharya’s Teesri Kasam in 1966 and Shagird. He went on to play as the man of principles playing the on-screen father or uncle of the leading men/women in the films in the 70's 80's 90's

•    He gave a new dimension to the role of Rahim Chacha in the Bollywood Blockbuster film Sholay

•    In 1982 film, Khuddar, Hangal also essayed the character of Rahim Chacha

•    Hangal’s pivotal roles in the films like Namak Haraam, Shaukeen (1981), Sholay, Avtaar, Arjun, Aandhi, Tapasya, Kora Kagaz, Bawarchi, Chhupa Rustam, Chitchor, Balika Badhu, Guddi, Naram Garam are considered to be among his best

•    He, as a character actor, always was part of the most of the films with Rejesh Khanna as the lead hero like Aap Ki Kasam, Amar Deep, Naukri, Prem Bandhan, Thodisi Bewafai, Phir Wohi Raat, Kudrat, Aaj Ka MLA, Ram Avatar, Bewafai, till Sautela Bhai in 1996

•    His best performances in his later years was in Shararat (2002) his character roles in Tere Mere Sapne (1997) and Lagaan

•    In movies he has played a very large number of character roles, mostly positive

•    Hangal has acted in 225 films

•    The Government of India awarded him the prestigious Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Hindi Cinema in 2006

•    On 8 February 2011, Hangal 'walked' the ramp in a wheelchair for fashion designer Riyaz Ganji for his summer line in Mumbai

•    His son Vijay, a retired cameraman and former Bollywood photographer, himself is 75 and has not had a full-time job since 2001.With just a gap of 20 years between Vijay and Hangal it was difficult for them to manage their day to day expenses. Earlier, Vijay would take up small jobs but now, he can't do that either because of a back problem

•    Vijays’ wife died in May 1994 and does not have any children


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