Mumbai, Mar 10 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Last rites of veteran Bollywood actor Joy Mukherjee, who passed away at a Mumbai hospital on Friday, will performed at Versova crematorium on Saturday.
He was 73 when he breathed his last at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital.
He is survived by his wife Nellam Mukherjee, two sons and a daughter.
Mukherjee was admitted to the hospital on Monday in a critical condition.
He was suffering from respiratory problems, said doctors, who were treating him.
Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has condoled the death of the veteran actor.
In her condolence message, Soni said: “Joy Mukherjee represented the era of romantic films in the Indian film industry. His films were known for their melodious songs and enthralling music which provided wholesome entertainment. I pray to God that his family gathers the strength to overcome the unrepairable loss.”
Bollywood mourned Mukherjee’s death as actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: “Joy Mukherji passes away .. leading man and a star during his time .. condolences to members of his family and prayers ..”
“He was a wonderful person and will remain in our hearts forever,” said Kajol.
Mukherjee’s co-actor and sister-in-law Tanuja said: “I am glad his suffering is over. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to his wife and children.”
Singer Shaan tweeted: “Also saddened to hear of the sad demise of Joy Mukherjee…The Ever Handsome, Tall, Romantic Hero of 60/70s.. Sayonara…. Joy da.”
“We were supposed to work in a movie together but it didn’t materialise. I’ll remember him as a very nice person who proved to be a brilliant actor. I wish his family and loved ones strength,” said actor Prem Chopra.
Popular chef Sajeev Kapoor posted on his micro-blogging site: “Joy Mukherjee – you will always be remembered as a young and vibrant actor singing one of my fav song – phir wahi dil laya hoon!”
Actor Asha Parekh, who worked with Mukherjee in several films including ‘Love in Tokyo’, said that it was a ‘joy’ working with the actor.
Sharmila Tagore said that Mukherjee was one of the ‘sweetest’ person she had met in her film career.
Mukherjee was born in a family that shared a deep root with film industry.
He was the son of Sashadhar Mukherjee and Sati Devi. His father was a successful producer and a co-founder of Filmalaya Studios.
His uncles were director Subodh Mukherjee, Ashok Kumar and Kishore Kumar.
Mukherjee was the paternal uncle of B-town queen Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee.
The romantic actor had charmed the audience in his debut film ‘Love in Shimla’ (1960).
However, he gained popularity with his strong performances in films like ‘Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon’, ‘Love in Tokyo’ and ‘Ziddi’.