Amitabh Bachchan mentioned the late Rakesh Sharma, who was famed for helming movies like Mr. Natwarlal and Yaarana. The actor declared that he would “hesitate” attending the funeral.
The late filmmaker Rakesh Sharma, a friend of the actor Amitabh Bachchan, passed away at the age of 81. Amitabh described Rakesh as “a most pleasant and kind-hearted individual” on his blog on Saturday night, but he also said that he “will regret to go to his funeral.” Films like Mr. Natwarlal, Yaarana, Khoon Pasina, and Do Aur Do Paanch were directed by Rakesh. (See Also | Puneeth Rajkumar, according to Amitabh Bachchan, has the most adorable smile. Watch)
Amitabh penned: “But the day is gloomy because another colleague has abandoned us, and I in particular. Rakesh Sharma was Prakash Mehra’s first assistant director (AD) on ZANJEER before becoming an independent director for subsequent PM (Prakash Mehra, as we frequently joked with him, as the country’s PM) films. Particularly notable were Hera Pheri, Khoon Pasina, Mr. Natwarlal, Yaarana, et cetera.”
He went on, “They all depart one by one… But some people, like Rakesh, leave a mark that is difficult to erase or forget. His sense of screenplay and direction, writing and execution on the fly, and the fun times on location during Nattu and Yaarana. His complete faith in his worth. And the ease with which he would grant us the liberty of skipping shootings on the odd day, just to be able to spend time relaxing and playing around.”
As Amitabh put it, “A very friendly and compassionate person, always willing to help anyone in need, especially the artists he collaborated with! No, I won’t hesitate to attend his burial because I won’t be able to stand the sight of a lifeless Rakesh! Rakesh, you elevated a lot of us to prominence with your creative story and filmmaking concepts, and we will always remember you. (Hands folded emojis).”
According to a story in the Times of India, Rakesh passed away on November 10 in Mumbai after a protracted battle with cancer. On Sunday evening in Andheri, there will be a prayer gathering.