Joy Mukherjee passes away

The veteran of films like Love in Simla, Shagird and Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon died at 73

Bollywood veteran actor-filmmaker Joy Mukherjee passed away in Mumbai on Friday, March 9 at 73. Veteran actor Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu had paid a visit to the ailing star of yesteryears in hospital just yesterday (March 8). Music composer Bappi Lahiri was also among the visitors. “Dilip saab and Sairaji came to visit him (Joy) Thursday afternoon. Since he was still unconscious and on the ventilator, they sat for a long time chatting with his wife (Neelam Mukherjee),” RR Pathak, Mukherjee’s spokesperson, said. Mukherjee had been admitted to Lilavati Hospital at around 10:30am on March 5 in a critically ill state, and he had high fever when he passed away.

The actor was born on February 24, 1939. He made his cinematic debut in 1960 with Love in Simla, became very popular with films like Shagird, Love in Tokyo, Bahu Beti, Ziddi, Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Ek Musafir Ek Hasina, Puraskar, Ishaara, and Hum Hindustani. He also directed movies like Love in Bombay, Chhaila Babu, Saanjh Ki Bela and Umeed. His last screen appearance was on a TV show Aye Dil-e-Nadan.

Mukherjee came from a film family – his father Sashadhar Mukherjee, who was married to legendary actor Ashok Kumar’s sister Sati Devi, was the co-founder of Filmalaya Studios. Joy was also the paternal uncle of actors Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee. Joy left behind wife Neelam and three children – two sons and a daughter. May his soul rest in peace.

With inputs from agencies