Joy Mukherjee

24 Feb 1939
9 Mar 2012
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Joy Mukherjee (24 February 1939 – 9 March 2012) was an Indian film actor and director.

Joy Mukherjee was the son of Sashadhar Mukherjee and Sati Devi. His father was a successful producer and a co-founder of Filmalaya Studios. His uncles were director Subodh Mukherjee, Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar (Actor) and Kishore Kumar.Joy Mukherjee was educated in Col. Brown Cambridge School in Dehra Dun and St. Xavier College. .The name of his wife is Neelam. They have two sons MONJOY, SUJOY and a daughter Simran.

Joy debuted opposite Sadhana in the film Love in Simla (1960) directed by R.K. Nayyar. After Love in Simla, he paired with Asha Parekh for several hits like Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Love in Tokyo and Ziddi. Some of his films like Door Ki Aawaz, Aao Pyar Karen and Shagird (opposite Saira Bano), Ek Musafir Ek Haseena with Sadhna, ‘Ishaara’ with Vyjayantimala and ‘Jee Chahta Hai’ with Rajashree were superhit movies. Most of his movies had hit music (Ek Musafir Ek Haseena, Aao Pyar Karen, Shagird, Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Ek Baar Muskura Do, Door Ki Aawaz, Jee Chahta Hai, Humsaya, etc.) By the late 1960s acting roles began drying up, so he began directing and producing.

He produced and directed Humsaya although neither that film nor his subsequent films as producer or director did well. Despite a late success with home production Ek Baar Muskura Do (1972) with brother Deb Mukherjee and later to be sister-in-law Tanuja, Joy faded from the silver screen. His last success came directing Chailla Babu. In 2009 he acted in the television serial Aye Dil-e-Nadan in DD National along with his son Sujoy Mukherjee.

Joy Mukherjee died at the age of 73 on 9 March 2012 in Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai. He was placed on a ventilator near the end of his life. He was survived by his wife and children.

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