Veteran filmmaker Johnny Bakshi dies at 82, Anupam Kher and Shabana Azmi pay heartfelt tributes – bollywood

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Veteran producer-director Johnny Bakshi passed on to the great beyond on Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest at a hospital here. He was once 82. Bakshi was once admitted to Arogya Nidhi hospital in suburban Juhu on Friday morning after he complained of breathlessness. He was once tested for Covid-19, which came out negative.

“He was once hospitalised the day past because of breathlessness and was once put on ventilator. The COVID-19 test was once conducted and he tested negative for it. He passed on to the great beyond between 1.30-2.00 am because of cardiac arrest,” Bakshi’s daughter Priya told PTI. The filmmaker’s final rites were performed on Saturday at a crematorium here in presence of members of the family.

In his career spanning over four decades, Bakshi mostly worked as a producer, backing films such as Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain, (1974), Raavan, (1984) and Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee (1993).  He has also directed two films Daku Aur Police (1992) and Khudai (1994) starring Rajesh Khanna in the lead. 

Bakshi is survived by sons Brando, Kennedy, Bradman and daughter Priya. On Twitter, actor Anupam Kher paid tributes to the veteran filmmaker, remembering him as a man with the “most infectious laughter”. “Deeply saddened to realize approximately the demise of dear #JohnnyBakshi. He was once a very integral a part of my early life in Mumbai. As a producer, friend, a supporter and as a motivator. He had the most infectious laughter which made everybody happy around him,” he said.

 

Deeply saddened to realize approximately the demise of dear #JohnnyBakshi. He was once a very integral a part of my early life in Mumbai. As a producer, friend, a supporter and as a motivator. He had the most infectious laughter which made everybody happy around him. अलविदा मेरे दोस्त ।ओम शांति🙏 pic.twitter.com/xmlcldfk9k

— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) September 5, 2020

Shabana Azmi also wrote, “Sorry to be informed approximately the passing absent of filmaker Johny Bakshi this morning.. Did a movie with him Vishwasghat very early in my career. He was once invested in cinema.Condolences to the friends and family.”

Sorry to be informed approximately the passing absent of filmaker Johny Bakshi this morning.. Did a movie with him Vishwasghat very early in my career. He was once invested in cinema.Condolences to the friends and family.

— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) September 5, 2020

Filmmaker Kunal Kolhi also condoled Bakshi’s death and said he was once a “candy helpful person”. “Saddened to hear approximately the passing of #JohnnyBakshi sir. Met him all the way through my days in #PlusChannel with @MaheshNBhatt & @amitkhanna. He was once a candy helpful man. All the time smiling. A part of the old guard of the movie Industry. RIP sir,” Kohli tweeted.

(With HT inputs)

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