Ace filmmaker Shakti Samanta passes away

Ace filmmaker Shakti Samanta died at his residence in Mumbai at 6pm on Thursday. He was 83. Samanta was not keeping in good health for quite sometime.

His son Ashim Samanta who is also a filmmaker was by his side at the time of his father’s death. Ashim said, "My father suffered a stroke about two months ago and was recovering from it. On Thursday evening, while he was undergoing physiotherapy, he suffered a cardiac arrest. He left us at 6 pm.''

Samanta's contribution to the Hindi film industry was incredible and he will be best remembered for his films like Howrah Bridge (1958), Kashmir Ki Kali (1964), An Evening in Paris (1967), Aradhana (1969), Kati Patang (1970), and Amar Prem (1971) to name a few. He directed 43 films, 37 in Hindi and six in Bengali.

He extracted the best from Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh and it was he who introduced Sharmila Tagore to the film industry. Samanta’s first directional venture was ‘Bahu’ in 1954 and ever since he did not look back.

Samanta’s last ritual will be held at the Santa Cruz crematorium on Friday at 11 am.