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Filmmaker Saawan Kumar Tak passes away at 86 Saawan Kumar Tak
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Filmmaker Saawan Kumar Tak passes away at 86

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 25 Aug 2022, 08:06 pm

Mumbai/IBNS: Filmmaker Saawan Kumar Tak, known for delivering several Bollywood blockbusters, passed away on Thursday. He was 86.

According to reports, the director-producer-lyricist suffered heart failure and lung-related ailments too. He breathed his last at 4 PM.

The celebrated artist had been in critical condition for the past few days and was undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit of Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

Mourning his death, superstar Salman Khan shared a picture of them together on Twitter and wrote: "May u rest in peace my dear Sawaan ji. Have always loved n respected u."

Saawan Kumar began his career as the producer of the 1967 Sanjeev Kumar starrer film Naunihal. He was the one who gave the name Sanjeev to actor Haribhai Jariwala. The film received a Presidential mention at the National Awards.

His directorial debut was with the film Gomti Ke Kinare (1972), which was Meena Kumari's last film, and was released posthumously.

He then went on to direct many Hindi films, including successful films like Saajan Bina Suhagan, Souten, Souten Ki Beti, Sanam Bewafa, and Bewaffa Se Waffa.

He is also a prolific lyricist and has written songs for most of his produced and directed films. Besides, he has written the lyrics of songs for movies directed by other filmmakers.

Among these are "Sabak", the 1973 movie starring Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam and featuring the popular song "Barkha Rani Zara Jamke Barso". He penned some songs from the film Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai and all the songs from the 2004 film Dev.

He has also written lyrics for some very popular songs of his own movie such as "Zindagi Pyar Ka Geet Hai" Souten, "Hum Bhool Gaye" Souten Ki Beti, "Yeh Dil Bewafa Se Wafa" Bewaffa Se Waffa all sung by Lata Mangeshkar.

He was married to music director Usha Khanna.