In 2011, we lost Bollywood legends like Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor, and like many of you, I was hoping that 2012 would not see the loss of any more legends, at least not so soon into the year. Unfortunately, Joy Mukherjee, who is the paternal uncle of actresses Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee (their father Shomu Mukherjee is Joy’s younger brother) as well as Rani Mukherjee (her father, Deb Mukherjee, is Joy’s other brother) passed away at age 73 earlier this month on March 9th, 2012. He was cremated the next day on March 10th, 2012.
Mukherjee debuted opposite Sadhana (Babita Kapoor’s cousin and Karisma and Kareena Kapoor’s maternal aunt) in Love in Simla (1960). He immediately acquired praise for his looks and screen presence. If one were to watch movies from the 1960s in Bollywood, it would be impossible to get through the hits from that time period without encountering a Joy Mukherjee movie. Soon after Love in Simla, he paired opposite Asha Parekh, producing hits such as Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Love in Tokyo, and Ziddi.
The 1970s saw a slump in Mukherjee’s career, eventually leading to his retirement from the movies. Despite his disappearance from Indian cinema, Mukherjee has left his mark in cinema with his earlier films.
We at UrbanAsian send our condolences to his family. Mukherjee leaves behind a wife, Neelam Mukherjee, as well as 3 children (2 sons, 1 daughter). RIP Joy Mukherjee.