Filmmaker and writer OP Dutta died on February 10th, Thursday after developing complications due to pneumonia, at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri, Mumbai. He was 90 and is survived by his son JP Dutta.
“He was brought in critical condition on February 7, and was admitted to the intensive care unit. He passed away around 9.30 pm on Thursday,” confirmed Dr Ram Narain, chief operating officer, Kokilaben Ambani Hospital to HT.
The filmmaker’s last rites were performed on Friday at a Shivaji Park crematorium in Dadar. Several Bollywood personalities like Bachchans, Sunil Shetty and wife Mana, Vinod Khanna and wife Kavita, and Raveena Tandon attended the funeral.
OP Dutta made his debut in 1948 with ‘Pyar Ki Jeet’. He went on to direct 9 more films including ‘Ek Nazar’ and ‘Malkin’. He gave up direction in 1959 as none of his films were super hits but did average business at box office.
Later in his life he started to pen down stories and dialogues for his son JP Dutta’s drama films. He has written dialogues for movies like ‘Border’ and ‘Refugee’. His last movie was ‘Umrao Jaan’ in 2006.
Actor Abhishek Bachchan, who made his debut with his film ‘Refugee’, was the first to break the news on Twitter.
“Full of zest, positivity and compassion. Had a great sense of humor and so rich in experience,” he tweeted.
May you rest in peace.