Johnny Bakshi Passes Away: Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Kunal Kohli mourn the filmmaker’s demise

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Veteran producer-director Johnny Bakshi left for his heavenly abode on Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was admitted to Arogya Nidhi hospital in Juhu on Friday morning after he complained of breathlessness. He was tested for Covid-19 but tested negative. Bakshi was 82.

Bakshi’s daughter Priya told PTI, “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 1.30-2.00 am due to cardiac arrest.” The filmmaker’s last rites were performed on Saturday.

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

Bollywood celebs like Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi have offered their condolences. Anupam wrote, “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.”

Shabana Azmi tweeted, “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.”

Filmmaker Kunal Kohli wrote, “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.”

Bakshi produced films like ‘Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain’, ‘Raavan’, ‘Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee’ and directed two films ‘Daku Aur Police’ and ‘Khudai’.

May his soul rest in peace and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

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