Several generations have loved to hate the bad man of Indian cinema, "Pran." Bringing a snarling life to dialogues, Pran was famous for the small touches he added to characters - be it a nervous dacoit in "Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai" or a stubborn Indian expat in "Purab Aur Paschim" or as a golden-hearted Pathan Sher Khan in "Zanjeer". But, contrary to his big screen image of a villain, in real life Pran is a "gentleman". He has been conferred with Padma Bhushan earlier in 2001 and now, The Government of India has decided to honor this legend with the Indian cinema's prestigious "Dada Saheb Phalke" award. Bollywood fraternity cheered this decision of the Indian government. In a career spanning over six decades, Pran played a vast range of roles -- from a hero to a villain to a character artist. The legendary actor elevated the role of villain to a status equal to that of the hero.