Rani Mukerji’s father dead

Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS) Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji’s father Ram Mukherjee, a writer and filmmaker, died here early on Sunday.

He was not keeping well for sometime, said a source close to the family.

Ram, one of the founders of Filmalaya Studios here, had directed films like “Hum Hindustani” and “Leader”.

He had also directed and produced Rani’s debut film “Biyer Phool” in 1996.

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 ‘Rakta Nadir Dhara’, ‘Raktalekha’, ‘Biyer Phool’. RIP Ramda.”

Rani, along with husband Aditya Chopra, were present at the last rites here at the Pawan Hans Crematorium in Vile Parle West.

Actors Aamir Khan, Anil Kapoor and Ranveer Singh were among the others who came to pay their last respects.

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