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Veteran Filmmaker Harish Shah Passes Away At 76

Harish Shah was best known for producing Mere Jeevan Saathi in 1972

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Veteran filmmaker Harish Shah passed away on Tuesday. He died after losing a long battle with throat cancer. According to his brother Vinod Shah, the filmmaker left for the heavenly abode at 6 am at his residence in Mumbai. “He was battling throat cancer for 10 years and passed away in the morning today,” Vinod Shah told PTI. Harish was 76.

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The last rites for the producer were held at Pawan Hans crematorium on Tuesday afternoon. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the funeral was attended only by close family members.

Harish Shah was best known for producing the Rajesh Khanna-Tanuja starrer Mere Jeevan Saathi in 1972. The film went on to be a massive success. In addition, he also produced several other movies like Kaala Sona, the 1975 Curry Western featuring Feroz Khan and Parveen Babi, and Ram Tere Kitne Naam, the 1985 drama starring Sanjeev Kumar and Rekha.

However, his flair for the creative led him to don the director’s hat with Rishi and Neetu Kapoor-starrer Dhan Daulat. Harish Shah also directed Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha’s 1988 action-drama Zalzala and 1995 film Ab Insaaf Hoga, featuring Rekha and Mithun Chakraborty. Sunny Deol and Tabu-led 2003 action thriller Jaal: The Trap was one of the last films he backed. He recently made a short film on cancer called Why Me.

This year has been a rough one for the entertainment industry. It has lost a number of its shiniest stars in the form of actors Sushant Singh Rajput, Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan as well as legendary choreographer Saroj Khan.

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