"Only two or three of us to do his last rites.”
Bollywood filmmaker Harish Shah has tragically passed away at the age of 76 after a long battle with throat cancer.
The year 2020, has certainly been a devastating time with the loss of several Bollywood celebrities.
Now another Bollywood gem has been lost. The veteran filmmaker was best known for producing Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja starrer Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972).
Harish Shah breathed his last on Tuesday, 7 July 2020 at his residence in Mumbai, India.
In fact, his final rites were performed at Mumbai’s Pawan Hans Crematorium later that afternoon.
Speaking to Indian Express, Harish Shah’s brother, Vinod Shah confirmed the devastating news. He said:
“Harish was battling throat cancer for ten years. He passed away today at 6 am. He was 76-years-old.
“His funeral will take place today around 1 pm at Pawan Hans Crematorium.”
Vinod Shah continued to mention that due to the Covid-19 outbreak the legendary filmmaker’s last rites would only be performed by a few people. He said:
“Because of the coronavirus pandemic, very few people are allowed for the funeral. It is going to be only two or three of us to do his last rites.”
As well as producing the 1972 romantic film, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Harish went on to produce an array of Bollywood films.
Alongside his brother Vinod Shah, the duo has produced several hit Bollywood films.
These include 1975 thriller film, Kaala Sona starring Curry Westerner Feroz Khan and actress Parveen Babi and the 1985 drama Rama Tere Kitne Naam featuring Rekha and Sanjeev Kumar.
The 1988 action film, Zalzala starring Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha is also another honourable mention.
Not to forget the 1995 film starring Rekha and Mithun Chakraborty, Ab Insaaf Hoga which is another cult classic.
In 1980, Harish Shah turned director with Dhan Daulat. The film featured Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh in lead roles.
Dhan Daulat (1980) was produced by his brother Vinod Shah.
One of the last films which the late Harish Shah produced was Sunny Deol and Tabu starrer Jaal: The Trap (2003).
Recently before his demise, Harish also made a short film based on cancer titled, Why Me. The short film went on to win the President Award.
There is no doubt that his work will continue to be remembered for decades to come.