Saawan Kumar Tak, the director, producer, writer and lyricist behind several
blockbusters, passed away today. Sawan Kumar's nephew Navin Kumar Tak confirmed to ETimes that the industry veteran breathed his last at a hospital in Mumbai at 4pm today. He suffered a heart failure and lung-related ailments too. The celebrated artist had been in a critical condition since the past few days and was undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
Saawan Kumar marked his directorial debut with 'Gomti Ke Kinare'. The film released in 1972 and featured Meena Kumari and Mumtaz in lead roles. As a filmmaker, he introduced talented actors like Sanjeev Kumar and Mehmood Junior aka Naeem Sayyed to the industry. He had produced 'Naunihal' on a shoestring budget, but the film had a Presidential mention at the National Awards. 'Naunihal' was also Sanjeev Kumar's debut Bollywood movie.
Saawan Kumar Tak has worked on films like 'Sanam Bewafa', 'Souten' and 'Sajan Bina Suhagan'.