Filmmaker and writer OP Dutta died on Thursday after developing complications due to pneumonia, at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri, hospital sources said. He was 90 and is survived by his filmmaker son JP Dutta.
“He was brought in critical condition on February 7, and was admitted to the intensive care unit. He passed away around 9.30 pm on Thursday,” said Dr Ram Narain, chief operating officer, Kokilaben Ambani Hospital.
Dutta was cremated at the Shivaji Park crematorium on Friday afternoon. Several Bollywood personalities attended the funeral.
He started his career with a film called Pyar Ki Jeet in 1948 and went on to direct films such as Ek Nazar and Malkin. He later wrote dialogues and screenplays for popular films such as Border and Refugee, directed by his son JP Dutta. The last film he wrote was Umrao Jaan in 2006.
Actor Abhishek Bachchan, who debuted with Refugee, paid tribute to the filmmaker on Twitter: “Full of zest, positivity and compassion. Had a great sense of humour and so rich in experience.”