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Film-maker O.P. Dutta Dead at 90

  • MUMBAI, India

    Writer and one-time film-maker O.P. Dutta died of pneumonia on February 10 in Mumbai. He was 90. His son, filmmaker-writer J.P.Dutta, was inconsolable. 

    “Who will write the words that come to my mind when I make a film? Who will fill the void in my heart?” he told a Mumbai tabloid.

    Suniel Shetty revealed how he called Dutta “dad.” 

    “He treated everyone like family and had a great sense of humor,” he said. 

    Abhishek Bachchan, who was introduced by J.P. Dutta, was the first to reach the Dutta family after the news.  Dutta had been ailing for a long while in a near-paralytic condition, but his mental condition remained sharp. Dutta’s second son Deepak died in action as a soldier.

    O.P. (as he was affectionately called) made the first Indo-Pakistani collaboration “Anokhee” in 1956 with Sheila Ramani and a Pakistani cast. This was in the days when the two nations had yet to go to war.

    Dutta directed the 1949 “Pyar Ki Jeet,” starring Suraiya, and was one of the earliest filmmakers to be linked with his heroine in those days. He directed eight more films later, the last being “Aangan” in 1959. 

    Dutta also wrote the hit “Jailor” and was additional writer on films like “Biradari” starring Shashi Kapoor and “Mastana,” starring Mehmood and Vinod Khanna. His last films as writer were all with his son, from “Ghulami” (1985) and others to Dutta’s own productions starting with “Border” (1997).

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