Pran was born in Ballimaran, Old Delhi, into a wealthy family. His father, Kewal Krishan Sikand, was a civil engineer and a Government civil contractor, his mother was Rameshwari, and the couple had four sons and three daughters.
He was academically gifted, especially in mathematics. Since his father had a transferable job, he studied in various places, including Dehradun, Kapurthala, Meerut and Unnao (Uttar Pradesh), finally completing his matriculation from Raza High School, in Rampur. Thereafter, he joined A. Das & Co., Delhi as an apprentice as he wanted to become a professional photographer. This job took him first to Simla, where he played Sita to Madan Puri's Ram in the local staging of "Ramlila".
Pran married Shukla Ahluwalia on 18 April 1945, and has two sons, Arvind and Sunil, and a daughter, Pinky.
Born on 12th. February,1920 at Delhi ,is endowed with a super intellect and equipped with the natural gift of an artist. He is generous, noble, emotional and a sensitive soul. Refined and cultured in his outlook and habits. he commands the highest respect and is loved and admired by everyone.
Pran was educated at different places namely Kapurthala, Unnao, Meerut, Dehradun and Rampur as his father late Lala Kewal Krishnan Sikand was a Government Civil Contractor for the construction of roads and bridges. Kalsi bridge near Dehradun was constructed by him.
Pran started his career by learning photography in Lahore. A chance meeting with a film producer, got him his first break in ‘Yamla Jat’ in 1940.
Married in 1945 to Shukla, he has two sons Arvind and Sunil, and one daughter Pinky.At partition in 1947, Pran came to Mumbai and restarted his film career after a brief struggle.He has acted in over 400 films and in each one has a new mannerism and a different style, holding the audience spellbound by his versatile and dynamic acting. As a villain, in films like ‘Ram Aur shyam’ people shuddered with fear and hated him, and yet loved him as the good, unforgettable ‘Mangal chacha’ in ‘Upkar’. Pran has a very social nature and he is member of various organizations like Punjab Association, Mumbai, CCI club Mumbai, Bombay Provincial Hockey Association, Western Indian Football Association Bombay, Chelmsford Club Delhi, Press Club of India Delhi and The Otters Club Bombay.
Being a sports lover and a good sportsmen he had his own football team "DYNAMOS FOOTBALL CLUB" which he financed for a number of years in the fifties. Along with his film career he has been engaged in a number of Social activities, including the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, Maratha Sikshan Sanatha, Film Industry Welfare Trust. He has organised charity events and cricket matches, as well as the ‘Hope 86’ and ‘Hope 87’ shows for the needy people in the film industry.
Under the patronage of the Late, His Excellency Nawab Ali Yawar Jung, Pran presented a number of charity shows for the refugees of Bangladesh and for the deaf and dumb. In his six decade career, Pran has received many Awards, prominent among these are:
Today Pran at the age of 89, is a satisfied man with an illustrious 60 years career in the film industry, and feels, if he is born again he would like to be born as ‘PRAN’ again.