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Joy Mukherjee neglected father’s advice: Dilip Kumar

Mumbai, March 19 Veteran actor Dilip Kumar is saddened that the late Joy Mukherjee neglected his health after the death of his father, Sashadhar Mukherjee, and became overweight.

“It saddened me to see Joy when I last met him at our dinner here at home last December. He was unable to walk without help as his weight had increased. The neglect and indifference towards the physical fitness his father had insisted on began after S. Mukherjee Sahab’s (father) passing away,” Dilip Kumar wrote on his blog thedilipkumar.mouthshut.com.

Joy, known for films like “Love in Simla”, “Shagird” and “Love in Tokyo”, passed away March 9. He was suffering from thalassemia.

“I was witness to the care and love he (Sashadhar Mukherjee) lavished on his son Joy. He wanted to see Joy scale great heights as a star. It was not just a loving father’s desire to see his son shine as a star on the screen; it was the conviction of the man who had spotted, groomed and launched some of the more adored stars of the Hindi cinema besides writers, directors, technicians, singers and composers.

The 89-year-old actor said that Mukherjee had even hired a wrestler, who would help Joy through regular exercise regime.

“For Joy’s physical fitness and part of his ‘gyming’, Mukherjee Sahab had hired a wrestler, a tough pleasant guy who knew his job well with oiled curly hair falling over his forehead,” wrote Dilip Kumar.

“A wrestling ring was created a regular sand ‘akharda’ and it was the wrestler’s duty to see that Joy and his brothers take regular lessons from him… Joy had no option but to obey his father and I guess he knew what his father expected from him. Joy became one of the heartthrobs of the nation after his debut and I could see the pride in Mukherjee Sahab’s eyes,” he added.


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3 Responses to “Joy Mukherjee neglected father’s advice: Dilip Kumar”

  1. kumar ramsingh
    March 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    Great icon and a great actor a person who is known for his humility, super hits like Ram aur Shyam,Aadmi are the epitome of which he will be remembered.


  2. Aziz
    April 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Neither Anand nor Satyakam had music by RDB. Anand’s music was by Salil and Satyakam by LP.Stick to 50′s Hollywood, may not get you another book deal but will save us from such orerrs of factual and judgemental kind. If you are not invested enough in a millieu, please don’t fake it. Panchatantra’s linear narrative, notwthstanding.

  3. Rahul Banerjee
    June 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Joy Mukherjee the angel of Romance, He was the icon of every youth after Dev sahab, who showed the path to youths about what is romance and how to be romantic, I will never forget Joy Mukherjee who never died, because he is alaways alive in the romantic
    mind of every youth, with his ladykiller handsome looks and romantic style, I was born in the year 1970, but apart from deb sahab I caanot match any hero infront of Joy, he was
    evergreen, he will be alive in the romantic mind of every young guys and in every girls heart. May his soul rest in peace at heaven. I will remain in this earth with his romantic memory. joy mukherjee amar rahe, aap iss dharti mey dubara janam lijiye phir wohi dil leke. Rahul(kolkata)

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