Bollywood producer/director PRAKASH MEHRA has died of pneumonia and organ failure, aged 69.
Mehra - who launched the career of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan - died in hospital in Mumbai, India on Sunday (17May09).
The pair first collaborated on 1973 film Zanjeer, which made Bachchan an overnight success.
They continued to enjoy a long working relationship with Mehra at the helm, with 1970s and 80s films including Herapheri, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Lawaaris, Namak Halal and Sharabi.
In a tribute to his mentor, Bachchan told the Bombay Times newspaper on Monday (18May09): "Prakash Mehra was an all-rounder in his craft. He was first a writer and coming from the north had great sense of the language and its temperament. He was a simple man who had come from very humble beginnings. His commercial successes never ever betrayed his respect for the people that he grew up with or with those that remained with him during his phenomenal journey. We have lost a great filmmaker and a wonderful human."