Veteran producer-director Johnny Bakshi dies at 82

Bakshi is survived by sons Brando, Kennedy, Bradman and daughter Priya.

Veteran producer-director Johnny Bakshi passed away on Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest at a hospital in Mumbai. He was 82. Bakshi was admitted to Arogya Nidhi hospital in suburban Juhu on Friday morning after he complained of breathlessness. He was tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), which came out negative.

“He was hospitalised yesterday due to breathlessness and was put on ventilator. The COVID-19 test was conducted and he tested negative for it. He passed away between 1.30-2 a.m. due to cardiac arrest,” Bakshi’s daughter Priya told PTI.

The film-maker’s last rites were performed on Saturday at a crematorium in Mumbai in the presence of family members.

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 film-maker, remembering him 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.

Film-maker Kunal Kolhi also condoled Bakshi’s death and said he was a “sweet helpful person”.

“Saddened to hear about the passing of #JohnnyBakshi sir. Met him during my days in #PlusChannel with @MaheshNBhatt & @amitkhanna. He was a sweet helpful man. Always smiling. Part of the old guard of the film Industry. RIP sir,” Mr. Kohli tweeted.

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