AK Hangal
Veteran actor AK Hangal’s health condition is critical.Facebook

Veteran actor Avtar Kishen Hangal, who was admitted in a critical condition at a Mumbai hospital, passed away on Sunday at the age of 95.

Last week, the actor was rushed to Asha Parekh Hospital in Santa Cruz West after he fell in his bathroom and fractured his right femur. Initially, doctors treated him at his home, but when his condition worsened he was admitted to the hospital's ICU ward.

"He had a fall on August 13. On August 16, he was admitted to the hospital as he had suffered a back injury and had to undergo a surgery. But that could not take place as later it was found that he has chest and breathing problems," his son Vijay Hangal told IANS.

He was put on ventilator since the time he was admitted and because of his weak condition he could not operated.

"He is on life support system. One of his lungs is not functioning. He is also having respiratory problems," Dr Vinod Khanna, Orthopaedic surgeon at Asha Parekh hospital told PTI.

Earlier, Dr Khanna had said that the actor had severe chest complications and is under constant observation.

The 95-year-old actor was born in a Kashmiri Pandit family and had spent his childhood in Peshawar, Pakistan. The actor was also an active participant in the Indian freedom struggle.

Hangal's occupation in early part of his life was that of a tailor. He started his acting career in the Hindi film industry since 1967 and had worked in more than 200 films. He is best known for his roles in films like "Namak Haram", "Sholay", "Shaukin" and "Aaina".

Apart from the film industry, Hangal had also worked in television serials and was last seen in Colors television show "Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon", which was a tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema.

In 2006, the Government of India awarded Hangal the prestigious Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian Cinema.