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Sholay's 'Sambha' Mac Mohan Dies

Veteran Bollywood actor Mac Mohan, immortalised in the role of Gabbar Singh's sidekick Sambha in Ramesh Sippy's 1975 blockbuster 'Sholay', died in Mumbai on Monday  The actor breathed his last at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani
PTI May 10, 2010 21:05 IST
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Veteran Bollywood actor Mac Mohan, immortalised in the role of Gabbar Singh's sidekick Sambha in Ramesh Sippy's 1975 blockbuster 'Sholay', died in Mumbai on Monday 
The actor breathed his last at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in suburban Mumbai. He was suffering from cancer, hospital sources said.

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'.

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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. PTI