Rani Mukerji’s father cremated: Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranveer Singh pay respect. See pics

Rani Mukerji’s father, filmmaker Ram Mukerji, died after a prolonged illness. Rani and son-in-law Aditya Chopra were present at his funeral.

bollywood Updated: Oct 23, 2017 11:46 IST
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Rani Mukerji’s father Ram Mukerji’s funeral took place on Sunday.

Father of Bollywood actor Rani Mukerji, filmmaker Ram Mukerji, was cremated in Mumbai on Sunday. The noted filmmaker of Bengali and Hindi cinema had died on Sunday morning. He was 84.

Rani, along with husband Aditya Chopra, was present at the last rites at the Pawan Hans Crematorium in Vile Parle West here. Actors Aamir Khan, Anil Kapoor and Ranveer Singh were among the others who came to pay their last respects. Shah Rukh Khan couldn’t make it to the funeral but visited Rani at home later.

According to the official statement released by Yash Raj Films, headed by Rani’s husband Aditya Chopra, the director’s funeral was attended by family and close friends. “Ram Mukerji passed away on October 22 at 6 am due to natural causes. Close friends and family attended his quiet funeral at 2 p.m. in Mumbai’s Vile Parle Crematorium... He will be sorely missed by his wife Krishna Mukerji, daughter Rani Mukerji, son Raja Mukerji and the rest of the family.”

His wife Krishna told IANS over phone: “He was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital from October 13 and his treatment was going on. Unfortunately, his body was not responding to the treatment that well this time. Last night, his blood pressure suddenly dropped around 5 a.m.”

In a voice full of emotion, she said: “He is no more, everything is finished.”

Ram Mukerji was one of the key associates of S Mukerji and one of the founder members of Filmalaya studios. He is well known for his films - Hum Hindustani (1960) and Leader (1964), starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala. His wife Krishna Mukerji is a playback singer and their son Raja is a director.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mourned his death. “Saddened at the passing of veteran filmmaker Ram Mukherjee. My condolences to his family,” tweeted Banerjee.

Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee tweeted: “Really sad to hear Ram Mukherjee passed away. I had an opportunity to work with him in ‘Rakta Nadir Dhara’, ‘Raktalekha’, ‘Biyer Phool’. RIP Ramda.”

Rani Mukerji married filmmaker Aditya Chopra in 2014 in a secret ceremony in Europe. The couple has daughter Adira together. Aditya Chopra is the elder son of filmmaker Yash Chopra and wife Pamela. Rani Mukerji was last seen in 2014’s Mardaani and is shooting for YRF’s next Hichki, which releases next year.

First Published: Oct 23, 2017 11:42 IST