Actress Rani Mukerji’s father Ram Mukherjee, director of such films as; Hum Hindustani and Biyer Phool died in Mumbai at 6AM on Sunday at the age of 84. The film director was reportedly experiencing drops in his blood pressure and was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on October 13. He had since been responding badly to the treatment. His wife who was in a state of shock was quoted as saying that her husband’s passing was a tragedy.
Ram Mukherjee’s cremation was held on Sunday around 3 PM at the Pawan Hans Crematorium, Mumbai. The funeral was attended by his friends, family and admirers. Rani Mukerji, along with husband Aditya Chopra, brother Raja Mukherjee were present at the ceremony. Bollywood legends Aamir Khan, Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and SRK also attended the funeral.
Ram Mukherjee’s Legacy
Ram Mukherjee, for those unfamiliar with the man’s work, was a Bengali film director, producer, screenwriter. He also co-founded Filmalaya Studios along with Sashadhar Mukherjee. Here at JungliDonkey we remember the revered filmmaker for his legacy by creating a small timeline of his notable accomplishments.
Hum Hindustani 1960
In 1960 the filmmaker released his first Hindi film, Hum Hindustani. The movie was produced by his uncle Sashadhar Mukherjee and stared Sunil Dutt, Joy Mukherjee, Sanjeev Kumar and Prem Chopra. The movie was inspired by the film Basu Paribar 1952.
Hum Hindustani portrayed Indian feudalism during the 1950s and featured the song, “Chodo Kal Ki Baatein” by Prem Dhawan.
In 1964, the filmmaker went on to direct a classic film about a young law school graduate/ editor who was accused of political murder. Starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala, the movie was written by Harish Mehra and featured music by Naushad and Shakeel Badayuni.
Ek Bar Muskura Do 1972
The 1972 drama film starred Shobhna Samarth, Joy Mukherjee, Tanuja and Deb Mukherjee.
O.P. Nayyar’s hit music brought this film into the limelight. All songs featured in this film were hits. “Kitne atal the tere iraade” by Kishore Kumar was considered one of his best, heart-touching, passionate and rhythmic songs of the time.
Biyer Phool 1996
The 1996 Indian Bengali romantic comedy film, was produced by Raja Mukherjee, and was a hit starring Prosenjit Chatterjee, Rani Mukerji and Indrani Haldar in the lead roles. It marks the debut of Rani Mukerji, who is now a leading Bollywood actress.
Words cannot describe how bereaved we were when we read that Mr Ram Mukherjee had passed, What are some of your favourite works of the legendary director? Let us know in the comments below