Veteran producer-director Yash Johar died in Mumbai, India, on June 26. He was 76.
Johar started his career in Bollywood as a production assistant in actor-director Dev Anand’s Navketan production unit. He was production manager on the bilingual “The Guide” in 1965.
He also worked for Yash Chopra’s Yash Raj Films and then moved on to set up his own production company, Dharma Prods. Under that banner, Johar produced family-oriented films like “Dostana” (Friendship) and “Agneepath” (Path of Fire) with Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan and “Duplicate” with Shah Rukh Khan.
Johar had a hit with Bollywood blockbuster “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” (Something Happens, 1998) — which also marked his son Karan’s directorial debut.
He went on to produce recent successes “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham” (Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Sad) and “Kal Ho Naa Ho” (Tomorrow May Not Come).
He is survived by his wife, Hiroo, and son.