Mumbai: Veteran actor AK Hangal came out of retirement at the age of 97 to shoot for the television serial Madhubala. The veteran actor stepped out of his house for the first time in five months for the shooting of an episode of Madhubala in which he has done a cameo. Hangal pulled off his part in a single-take shot.
Hangal has been active in filmdom since 1967 and played on-screen father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle to many top notch Bollywood actors.
Prashaant Bhatt, concept head of 'Madhubala', said that he thought about Hangal for the show because the serial is a tribute to 100 years of India. "He is the oldest face in Indian cinema and since the show is a tribute to 100 years of cinema we wanted Hangal ji on the show. He comes on a wheel chair and is very excited and eager to know his lines. We don't have narrate too many scenes and lines since we don't want to exhaust him. But he feels at ease when on the sets." Hangal, who has acted in around 225 Hindi films and various TV shows in a career spanning nearly five decades, will be seen in a small role.
'Madhubala' went on air Monday and it tells the story of a girl who is forced into the world of showbiz. Drashti Dhami plays the title role and the cast also includes Vivian D'sena, Raj Zutshi and Shagufta Ali.
Watch the exclusive video of the shooting of Hangal's single take shot of Madhubala here.