A good number of Hindi film industry people had already assembled at Mehra’s Juhu bungalow from morning itself. His body was then taken to Oshiwara cremation grounds from there. A larger number of Bollywood celebrities were then seen assembling there. Amongst those reached earlier was veteran music director Anandji (of Kalyanji-Anandji jodi fame) who had given music to many Mehra’s super hit films like Zanjeer, Muqqadar Ka Sikandar and Laawaris amongst many others. Music director Bappi Lahiri who too worked on Mehra’s films and delivered musical hits such as Sharaabi and Namak Halaal came in with son Bappa Lahiri. Soon few minutes later Amitabh Bachchan made an entry with son, Abhishek Bachchan. Mehra is credited for creating Big B’s angry young man image with their film together Zanjeer (1973). Interestingly, when the Bachchans came in none of the present electronic media members rushed towards them like they usually do or how they did just few weeks during late Feroz Khan’s condolence meet. Big B that time had lambasted through his blog, media’s insensitive behaviour during such occasions.
The Bachchans were then joined by veteran filmmakers Ramesh Sippy and Yash Chopra. Actor-filmmaker Sanjay Khan who had acted in Mehra’s second film, Mela which paired him along with his brother Feroz Khan for the first time came in solo. There was also actor Ranjeet who had played villain many a times in Mehra’s films.
Amongst other Bollywood celebs we saw filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar, Goldie Bahl, Anees Bazmee, Tinnu Anand and Ashoke Pandit. -Sampurn Media