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Om Prakash, veteran director, dies at 93

Prakash is best known for his collaboration with two of Bollywood biggest superstars — the late Rajesh Khanna and Jeetendra

Mumbai: Veteran director and actor Hrithik Roshan’s grandfather, J Om Prakash, passed away on Wednesday. He was 93. The news of his death was shared by actor Deepak Parashar, who said that Prakash breathed his last in the morning.

“My dearest uncle Mr J Om Prakash passed away about an hour ago. So saddened as he joins his friend, my Mamaji Mr Mohan Kumar in heaven! Their contributions to Indian cinema is a gift they left behind for us! Took this pic (a) few months ago when went to see him! Om Shanti!” Parashar tweeted.

A spokesperson for Hrithik Roshan said Prakash’s last rites were performed at a crematorium next to Pawan Hans, Vile Parle.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Dharmendra, visited his residence. Veteran stars like Jeetendra and Prem Chopra were also present for the funeral, along with family members, including Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik, his former wife Sussanne Khan and their two sons.

Earlier in the day, Bachchan condoled Prakash’s death on Twitter, saying, “J Om Prakash Ji Producer Director of an eminence, passed away this morning… A kind gentle affable being … my neighbour, Hrithik’s grandfather… sad! Prayers for his soul…”

Prakash is best known for his collaboration with two of Bollywood biggest superstars — the late Rajesh Khanna and Jeetendra. He had a strong penchant for beginning his film titles with the letter ‘A’.

With Khanna, he made films such as Aap Ki Kasam (1974) and Aakhir Kyon? (1985). His collaboration with Jeetendra yielded five big hits — Apnapan (1977), Aasha (1980), Apna Bana Lo (1982), Arpan (1983) and Aadmi Khilona Hai (1993). Prakash’s last film as director was 2001’s Afsana Dilwalon Ka, starring Rahul Roy in the lead.

J Om Prakash filmography

Year Film Director Producer Notes
1961 Aas Ka Panchhi Yes
1964 Ayee Milan Ki Bela Yes
1966 Aaye Din Bahar Ke Yes
1969 Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke Yes
1972 Aankhon Aankhon Mein Yes
1974 Aap Ki Kasam Yes Yes
1975 Aakraman Yes
1975 Aandhi Yes
1977 Apnapan Yes Yes
1977 Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka Yes
1980 Aasha Yes Yes
1981 Aas Paas Yes
1982 Apna Bana Lo Yes
1983 Aasra Pyaar Da Yes
1983 Arpan Yes Yes
1985 Aakhir Kyon? Yes Yes
1986 Aap Ke Saath Yes Yes
1986 Bhagwan Dada Yes
1988 Agnee Yes Yes
1991 Aadmi Aur Apsara Yes
1992 Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh Yes Yes
1993 Aadmi Khilona Hai Yes
2001 Afsana Dilwalon Ka Yes Yes

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