Asha Parekh Remembers Ram Mukherjee

Producer-director Ram Mukherjee who  co-founded the iconic Filmalaya  Studios and who directed well-known films like Hum Hindustani , Leader and EkBaar Muskura Do passed away on Sunday after years of heart problems.

His daughter Rani Mukherjee and son-in-law Aditya Chopra attended his funeral.

Veteran actress Asha Parekh who worked with  Ram Mukherjee in  one of her earliest films recalls the association:  “We worked  in  Hum Hindustani which is to this day remembered  for its  title song(Choro kal ki baatien….) .He was kind gentle  and attentive. And he knew his job even though Hum Hindustani,  the  film that I did with Mr Ram Mukherjee  was his  directorial debut he was very  kind very confident. My first release Dil Deke Dekho which was produced by the same  banner(Filmalaya) was  a big success. And I was flooded with offers. I chose to do  Hum Hindustani  with Filmalaya because I was  comfortable . I was shooting for it alongside Ghunghat which  was  a very big hit.Hum  Hindustani was an average success. But  I had  great fun shooting for it. I was paired with Sunil  Dutt Saab with whom I later worked  in  Chirag  and other  films.I remember during the shooting of Hum Hindustani we were   shooting in a forest. My mother and  I  got left behind and the entire unit  left. Dutt Saab came back to get us. Shooting  Hum Hindustani was a  big adventure.”


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