Actress Rani Mukerji’s father Ram Mukherjee has died in Mumbai at around 4 am on Sunday, reports news agency PTI. The exact cause of the death is yet to be known. The filmmaker was not keeping well for a long time, a source close to the family told PTI. He was the co-founder of Filmalaya Studios and was best-known for helming films like Hum Hindustani and Leader, starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala. Mr. Mukherjee also produced Rani’s debut Hindi film Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat.
Sharing the news of her husband’s demise, Krishna Mukherjee said, “His blood pressure dropped suddenly and he was admitted to Breach Candy hospital where doctors declared him dead at 4 am. He was doing fine earlier and this was sudden.”
Ram Mukherjee is survived by his wife Krishna Mukherjee, daughter Rani and son Raja. His body will be cremated at 2 pm.
Ram Mukherjee worked in both Hindi and Bengali cinema. He was one of the founders of Filmalaya Studios in Mumbai. He was most known for helming films like Hum Hindustani (1960), which starred Sunil Dutt, Joy Mukherjee and Asha Parekh in lead roles, and the Dilip Kumar-Vyjayanthimala starred Leader (1964). Mukherjee also produced Rani’s debut Hindi film Raja Ki Aayegi Baarat in 1997. He also directed and produced the actor’s Bengali debut movie Biyer Phool (1996), which also starred Prosenjit Chatterjee.