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Yash Johar cremated in Mumbai

IANS [Tuesday, June 29, 2004]

Noted film producer Yash Johar was cremated at the Shivaji Park crematorium here Sunday in a poignant ceremony attended by the leading lights of Hollywood, including Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.

His son, director Karan Johar, lit the funeral pyre.

Johar died at Leelavati Hospital here Saturday night after a prolonged illness. He was 75.

The producer was admitted to the hospital June 19 with "acute chest congestion" and had been on life support for the past week.

Among those who attended the funeral were Sports Minster Sunil Dutt, superstar Amitabh Bachhan, family friend and actor Shah Rukh Khan, director Yash Chopra, Censor Board chief Anupam Kher, Sanjay Kapoor and a host of Bollywood personalities.
Earlier, Helen and Waheeda Rehman, Juhi Chawla, Amrish Puri and industrialist Adi Godrej were among those who visited Yash Johar's residence at SeaLine in Bandra to pay their respects.

Mourning the death of Johar, producer Ramesh Sippy said: "It is a great loss."

"His passing marks a very sad day for Indian cinema," said producer Bonny Kapoor.

Actor Shakti Kapoor said: "It was too early for him to go".

Smita Thackeray, president of the Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association, said: "I pray to god to give his soul eternal peace".

Johar is best known for producing hit films like "Muqaddar Ka Faisla", "Agneepath", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Kabhie Kushi Kabhie Gham" and "Kal Ho Na Ho".

He was the first Indian producer to regularly use foreign locations like Switzerland and Britain for his movies.

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