“He passed away between 1.30 – 2.30 am"
Veteran filmmaker Johnny Bakshi has sadly passed away after suffering from a cardiac arrest at the age of 82.
The filmmaker breathed his final breath on Saturday, 5 September 2020 at a Mumbai hospital according to PTI.
In the morning on Friday, 4 September 2020, Johnny Bakshi was admitted to Juhu’s Arogya Nidhi Hospital after suffering from breathlessness.
Initially, he was tested for Covid-19. However, his results came out negative.
The filmmaker’s daughter, Priya revealed that her father was put on life support on Friday. She said:
“He was hospitalised yesterday due to breathlessness and was put on a ventilator. The Covid-19 test was conducted and he tested negative for it.
“He passed away between 1.30 – 2.30 am due to a cardiac arrest.”
On Saturday, 5 September 2020, Johnny Bakshi’s final rites were held at a Mumbai crematorium surrounded by family members.
The veteran filmmaker has produced numerous well-known films. These include the 1974 film, Raavan, Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain (1974) and Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee (1993) just to name a few.
Johnny Bakshi also took on the role of a director. Some of his popular films include Khudai (1994) and Daku Aur Police (1992). Both of these films starred actor Rajesh Khanna. He also acted in several films.
Paying tribute to Johnny Bakshi, actress Shabana Azmi took to Twitter to express her grief. She wrote:
“Sorry to learn about the passing away of filmmaker 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.”
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.
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) September 5, 2020
Actor Anupam Kher also shared his condolences saying:
“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 has the most infectious laughter which made everyone happy around him.”
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. ?????? ???? ????? ??? ?????? pic.twitter.com/xmlcldfk9k
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) September 5, 2020
Mourning his demise, filmmaker Kunal Kohli tweeted:
“Saddened to hear about the passing of #JohnnyBakshi sir. Met him during my days in #PlusChannel with @MaheshNBhatt and @amitkhanna.
“He was a sweet helpful man. Always smiling. Part of the old guard of the film industry. RIP sir.”
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.
— kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) September 5, 2020
Producer Amit Khanna who knew the late filmmaker for five decades wrote:
“A friend of 5 decades filmmaker Johnny Bakshi passed away this morning. He will be missed by many whose life he touched. May his soul rest in peace.”
The late filmmaker is survived by his daughter, Priya and sons, Bradman and Kennedy.