Veteran Bollywood filmmaker Johnny Bakshi dies at 82

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He has directed two films -- Daku Aur Police (1992) and Khudai (1994) starring Rajesh Khanna in the lead

Veteran Bollywood producer-director Johnny Bakshi died following a cardiac arrest at a hospital in Mumbai on Saturday. He was 82.

Bakshi was admitted to Arogya Nidhi hospital in suburban Juhu on Friday morning after he complained of breathlessness. He underwent a Covid-19 test, which came out negative.

His last rites were performed on Saturday at a crematorium in Mumbai in the presence of his family members.

In his career spanning over four decades,

Bakshi worked as a producer, backing films such as Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain, (1974), Raavan, (1984) and Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee (1993) in his four-decade old film career. 

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.

Various Bollywood film personalities paid tributes to the veteran movie maker of Bollywood.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher recalled Bakshi as a man with the “most infectious laughter”.

“Deeply saddened to know about the demise of dear #JohnnyBakshi. He was a very integral 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 in a tweet.

“Sorry to learn about the passing away of filmaker Johny Bakshi this morning.. Did a film with him Vishwasghat very early in my career. He was invested in cinema. Condolences to the family and friends,” tweeted Shabana Azmi.

Image credit: India TV 

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