Filmmaker Arjun Hingorani, who launched Dharmendra dies at 92

Bollywood filmmaker Arjun Hingorani, who launched Dharmendra in Bollywood passed away yesterday at Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh.

 "Arjun Hingorani peacefully left for the heavenly abode," Atul Mohan, vice president of the Chamber of Film Journalists said in a statement. His last rites were performed in the Vrindavan dham. A prayer service will be held in Mumbai.

Dharmendra took to Twitter to express his grief over Hingorani's demise. "Arjun Hingorani, the man who put his hand around the shoulder of this loner in Mumbai, has left us forever... I am extremely sad! May his soul rest in peace!" he tweeted.

Arjun Hingorani introduced Dharmendra in 1960 film ‘Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere’. After launching the star, Hingorani developed a strong bonding with him and the duo went on to work in films like ‘Kab Kyoon Aur Kahan’ (1970), ‘Kahani Kismat Ki’ (1973), ‘Sultanat’ (1983) and ‘Kaun Kare Kurbanie’ (1991).

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who worked with Hingorani in 1981 film ‘Katilon Ke Kaatil’ also also expressed his grief over the filmmaker’s death. "R I P. Whenever the shot was ready, this man used to say 'Rishi sahab ko bulaye' (call Rishi sir) and shout 'Dharmen ko bulao' (call Dharmen) for Dharmendra sahab - because he gave him a break in films. Dharam ji out of sheer respect obeyed him. We all three did 'Kaitlon Ke Kaatil' a super hit film. Adios Arjun ji!" Kapoor wrote on Twitter. 

May his soul rest in peace!