A. K. Hangal is best known for his roles in movies like Aaina, Shaukeen, Namak Haraam, Sholay, Manzil and Prem Bandhan to name a few. In a career spanning 40 years, he has acted in some 225 films. Hangal actively took part in the Indian freedom movement.
While he was a student, he challenged the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh. He then moved to Karachi, where he was sentenced three years in prison, for showing discontent against British rule. He was a relative of India's first Prime Minister, Pt. JawaharLal Nehru. PanditNehruji’s wife, Kamla Nehru, was the first cousin of Hangal's mother.
After doing theaters for almost 30 years, he finally started his Hindi film career by debuting at the age of 50 with Basu Bhattacharya's TeesriKasam, which released in 1966. After which he went on to portray as the man of principles, by playing the on-screen uncle or father of the leading actor/actresses in the films for next 40 years.