Mumbai: Hollywood-based Indian filmmaker Jagmohan Mundhra, who made films like Bawandar and Provoked, died Sunday, industry sources said. He was 62.
Confirming the news of Mundhra’s demise, actress Neetu Chandra, who was seen in his 2010 thriller Apartment: Rent at Your Own Risk, said: “Yes, he is dead.”
Actress Seema Biswas, who was supposed to work in his next film, said Mundrha had been admitted to hospital to check internal bleeding but did not have any further details.
Veteran actress and activist Shabana Azmi tweeted: “Sad news. Filmmaker Jagmohan Mundhra passed away this morning. Heartfelt condolences to his family. Jagmohan Mundhara – he was one the most subjective director. His Shoot On Sight is a film which is identical to A Wednesday.”
Others also posted condolence messages on Twitter.
Pooja Bedi: “Deeply saddened to hear Jagmohan Mundhra passed away! A WONDERFUL man, my first director the one responsible for me being in show business,” said Pooja Bedi on her Twitter page.
Vikram Bhatt: “Just heard that filmmaker Jagmohan Mundhra has passed away! A prayer for the departed and strength to his family, Vikram Bhatt.”
Kabir Bedi: “Jagmohan Mundra, friend from my Hollywood years, passes away and I’m deeply sad. Last met at Shammi Kapoor’s funeral. RIP.”
Shekhar Kapur: “Jagmohan Mundhra and his wife Chandra selflessly looked after ppl from indian films in LA. Looked after me for months when I first landed. There was never a time when Jag n Chandra’s house was not open for guests. I will miss him dearly. V assume r best friends r only a phone call away bt often don’t make that call. Then one day its 2 late. RIP JAG.”
Dia Mirza: “Shocked to hear that Jagmohan Mundra has passed on. Gentleman. RIP.”
Anupam Kher: “Can’t believe that Jagmohan Mundhra passed away this mor. He was a delightful person. Always smiling and positive. Very sad. RIP Jags.”
Shreya Ghoshal: RIP Jagmohan Mundra. This was too sudden. You were indeed so down to earth, humble and gentle human being. You will be missed.
Sanjay Suri: Sad to hear about Jagmohan Mundhra.
Born in 1948 in a conservative Marwadi family, Mundhra studied engineering at IIT Mumbai and then moved to US to do his M.Sc. But his ultimate calling was moviemaking and in 1982 he ventured into filmmaking with Sanjeev Kumar and Shabana Azmi starrer Suraag and this was followed by the women-centric film Kamla with Shabana and Deepti Naval in lead roles.
Later he made films like Night Eyes, The Jigsaw Murders, Eyewitness to Murder, Open House and Halloween Night.
In 2000, Mundhra moved to issue-based movies and the first in the series was Nandita Das starrer and critically acclaimed Bawander, which was based on real story of rape victim Bhanwari Devi in Rajasthan.
In 2007, he teamed up with Aishwarya Rai to bring on screen the trials and tribulations of London-based Punjabi woman Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a victim of domestic violence in his film Provoked.
In 2007, Mundhra took up yet another sensitive subject for his movie Shoot On Sight, which talked about the West’s perception of Muslims following 9/11. The movie’s take-off point is the order London police passed to shoot suspected terrorists after the July 7, 2005, London subway bombings.
Howeveer, Mundhra moved to a lighter subject with Govinda starrer Naughty @ 40.
He was very keen to make a film on Congress president Sonia Gandhi.