Avtar Kishan Hangal or A.K Hangal was an Indian freedom fighter from 1929-1947. Later he was an enthusiastic and talented stage actor from 1936-1965 and later became a character actor in Hindi language films from 1966-2005.
Hangal was admitted to the Asha Parekh Hospital in Santa Cruz, Mumbai on 16 August 2012, three days after he fractured his thigh bone from a fall in his bathroom. But that could not take place as later it was found that he has chest and breathing problems.” On 26 August, he was put on life support.
His condition worsened and he died on the same day, at the age of 98. His cremation was held the next afternoon at Pavan Hans crematorium.
On A.K Hangal’s death anniversary, here are unknown facts about the legendary actor
- A. K. Hangal has acted in around 225 Hindi films in a career spanning from 1966 to 2005.
- Born into a Kashmiri Pandit family, he spent his childhood and youth in Peshawar, where he had performed in theatre. However, his primary occupation for the early part of his life was that of a tailor.
- Following his father’s retirement, A. K. Hangal’s family moved from Peshawar to Karachi. He moved to Bombay after the Partition of India in 1949 after 3 years in prison in Pakistan.
- A. K. Hangal had been actively associated with the path-breaking Indian People’s Theatre Association besides having acted in more than 200 films.
- A. K. Hangal was involved with the theatre group IPTA along with Balraj Sahni and Kaifi Azmi, both of whom had Marxist leanings.