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Jagmohan Mundhra: October 29, 1948 – September 4, 2011

Another moviemaker has hung up his lens - 62-year-old filmmaker Jagmohan Mundhra suffered a heart attack on Friday after a brief illness. At the time of his death he was working on two new projects

Posted Mon, September 5, 2011 5:13pm IST

From B-grade sex-and-horror films to a movie featuring Bollywood’s top star, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, he did it all in Hollywood. And then, a few days ago, this promising career came to an end

Another moviemaker has hung up his lens – 62-year-old filmmaker Jagmohan Mundhra suffered a heart attack on Friday after a brief illness. At the time of his death he was working on two new projects – an issue-based film and a biopic on Sonia Gandhi. The engineer-turned-director and producer made 31 films in his life span. They ranged from issue-based themes to films with a high erotic quotient. Mundhra’s first film as a director was Suraag, starring Sanjeev Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Rajesh Khanna, but soon after he moved to the United States. There he did a course in marketing motion pictures and began to build a career in Hollywood. He started off with films heavily dosed with sex and horror – The Jigsaw Murders (1988), Halloween Night (1988), Night Eyes (1990), L.A. Goddess (1993), Sexual Malice (1994) and Monsoon (1998) – before venturing into issue-based docu-dramas that got Nandita Das (Bawandar) and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Provoked) a lot of acclaim for their acting skills. And some of the movies he made were…

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