Actor Mac Mohan Passes Away

By Arnab Ghosh, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

MUMBAI, INDIA ( Who can forget the close aide of Iconic Villain Gabbar Singh called Samba? Veteran actor Mac Mohan who immortalized the character in the 1975 blockbuster passed away yesterday after fighting prolonged battle with cancer. He was undergoing treatment at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital located in Andheri, Mumbai. He had just one dialogue in the landmark movie yet he was no less popular than Gabbar Singh himself. He was seen in the silver screen for the first time in the patriotic film ‘Haqeeqat’ which was released in 1964. However, it was in the 1970s that he came into the limelight and earned reputation for playing characters with dark shades. He worked in a number of hit Bollywood films like ‘Shaan’, ‘Satte Pe Satta’, ‘The Burning Train’ and ‘Don’ etc.

Mac Mohan was a prolific character actor who was seen on the big screen for the last time in Luck By Chance , directed by Zoya Akhtar. The actors and actresses of Bollywood have expressed their grief at his demise. Ramesh Sippy, the director of Sholay, said that even though he did not play lead roles in most of the films, his acting talent was recognized by the leading directors of Bollywood. His daughter Manjiri said that the actor was not in good health owing to a lung tumor. Mac Mohan was 71 when he died.

Actor Mac Mohan is survived by spouse Mini, daughters Manjiri and Vinati. He also has left a son named Vikrant. He was also the maternal uncle of noted actress Raveena Tandon. He acted in more than 200 films in his career.

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