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Mac Mohan, Sholay`s `Sambha`, dies of cancer

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Veteran Bollywood actor Mac Mohan, immortalised in the role of Gabbar Singh`s sidekick Sambha in Ramesh Sippy`s 1975 blockbuster `Sholay`, died here today.

The actor breathed his last at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in suburban Mumbai. He was suffering from cancer, hospital sources said.

"He had been suffering for long of a tumour in the right lung and breathed his last at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital this (Monday) evening," his daughter Manjiri told IANS.

Mac Mohan was 71 and is survived by his wife Mini, another daughter Vinati and son Vikrant.

Mac Mohan was the maternal uncle of wellknown Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon, who was present at his home when his body arrived from the hospital, Manjiri added.

Mac Mohan, who started his career with `Haqeeqat` in
1964, acted in over 175 films in a career spanning 46 years.

He shot to fame as the gun-toting dacoit `Sambha` in `Sholay`. After that he never looked back and has essayed a number of villainous roles in films like `Don`, `The Burning Train` and `Satte Pe Satta`.

"No one could have suited Sambha`s role better than Mac Mohan. He will always be remembered by that role," Sippy told PTI.

Amjad Khan`s conversation with him are among the most favourite dialogues from the film. Mac Mohan is asked by Khan`s character, "Arrey o Sambha, kitna inaam rakhe hain sarkar hum par?" (Hey Sambha, what is the reward the government has placed on my head?).

And prompt comes Sambha`s reply, "Poorey pachaas hazaar (altogether Rs 50,000)".

Javed Akhtar, who penned those famous lines, says only Mac Mohan could have done justice to them. "The way he sat on the hillock, overlooking Gabbar`s den, was a sight to behold,"
the noted writer-lyricist said.

-Agencies inputs


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