Mumbai: Veteran producer-director Johnny Bakshi died on Saturday after struggling a cardiac arrest at a hospital right here. He was 82.

Bakshi was admitted to Arogya Nidhi hospital in suburban Juhu on Friday morning after he complained of breathlessness. He was examined for COVID-19, which got here out unfavorable.

“He was hospitalised yesterday resulting from breathlessness and was placed on ventilator. The COVID-19 take a look at was performed and he examined unfavorable for it. He handed away between 1.30-2.00 am resulting from cardiac arrest,” Bakshi’s daughter Priya informed PTI.

The filmmaker’s final rites had been carried out on Saturday at a crematorium right here in presence of members of the family.

In his profession spanning over 4 a long time, Bakshi principally labored as a producer, backing movies comparable to “Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain”, (1974), “Raavan”, (1984) and “Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee” (1993).

He has additionally directed two movies”Daku Aur Police” (1992) and “Khudai” (1994) starring Rajesh Khanna within the lead.

Bakshi is survived by sons Brando, Kennedy, Bradman and daughter Priya.

On Twitter, actor Anupam Kher paid tributes to the veteran filmmaker, remembering him as a person with the “most infectious laughter”.

“Deeply saddened to know in regards to the demise of expensive #JohnnyBakshi. He was a really integral a part of my formative years in Mumbai. As a producer, pal, a supporter and as a motivator. He had essentially the most infectious laughter which made all people pleased round him,” he stated.

Filmmaker Kunal Kolhi additionally condoled Bakshi’s loss of life and stated he was a “candy useful individual”.