Joy Mukherjee
Born(1939-02-24)24 February 1939
Died9 March 2012(2012-03-09) (aged 73)
  • Film actor
  • director
  • producer
Years active1960–2012
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
SpouseNeelam Mukherjee
FamilyMukherjee-Samarth family and Ganguly family

Joy Mukherjee (24 February 1939 – 9 March 2012) was an Indian actor and director. He was titled as the 'heart throb of the 1960s and 1970s'.

Family background

Main article: Mukherjee-Samarth family

Joy Mukherjee was the son of Sashadhar Mukherjee and Sati Devi. His father was a successful producer and a co-founder of Filmalaya Studios. His uncles were director Subodh Mukherjee, Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar and Kishore Kumar. Joy Mukherjee was educated in Col. Brown Cambridge School in Dehra Dun and St. Xavier College. His wife's name is Neelam and they had two sons and a daughter.[1]


Joy debuted opposite Sadhana in the film Love in Simla (1960), directed by R. K. Nayyar. He then starred with Asha Parekh for several hits like Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Love in Tokyo, Ziddi and Hum Hindustani. Some of his films like Aao Pyar Karen and Shagird (opposite Saira Bano), Ek Musafir Ek Haseena with Sadhna, Ishaara with Vyjayantimala and Jee Chahta Hai with Rajashree were superhit movies. Most of his movies had hit music. By the late 1960s, acting roles began drying up, so he began directing and producing.[2]

He produced and directed Humsaya although this films did not do well. Despite a late success with home production Ek Baar Muskura Do (1972) with brother Deb Mukherjee and later to be sister-in-law Tanuja, Joy faded from the silver screen.

He later directed Rajesh Khanna in Chailla Babu in 1977 which was a major box office success. This film's success solved his insolvency problems which arose due to production of Love In Bombay. Later in 1985, Rajesh Khanna even gave him opportunity as a villain in the film Insaaf Main Karoonga, which became the last successful film of actor Joy Mukherjee.

Financial troubles

Love in Bombay brought deep financial troubles for Joy Mukherjee but late director-actor's wife Neelam, who is releasing the movie 40 years later, says that despite losing everything, the film remained very close to him. "This film was my husband's Waterloo. He lost everything he had in this film. He sunk in lot of his own money, major properties. There were 37 cases of insolvency against him. But he cleared everything and had a clean slate and started afresh. This film was very dear to him despite it bringing so much problems to him," Mrs Mukherjee said. The 1973 film, was the third part of the "Love in" series which started with Joy debuting with the blockbuster hit Love in Simla in 1960 and the golden jubilee hit Love in Tokyo in 1966. His insolvency issues got resolved when he directed his sole successful directorial venture Chailla Babu in 1977.


Joy Mukherjee died on 9 March 2012 in Mumbai's Leelavati Hospital, exactly two weeks after his 73rd birthday, where he had been on a ventilator. He had a prolonged illness.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1960 Love in Simla Dev Kumar Mehra Debut With Sadhana
Hum Hindustani Satyendra Nath
1962 Umeed Shankar
Ek Musafir Ek Hasina Ajay
1963 Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon Mohan
1964 Aao Pyaar Karen Kesha
Ji Chahta Hai Parwana
Ishaara Vijay
Ziddi Ashok
Door Ki Awaz Prakash
1965 Bahu Beti Shekhar
1966 Love in Tokyo Ashok
Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai Sanjay Malhotra
Saaz Aur Awaaz Rajesh
1967 Shagird Ramesh
1968 Ek Kali Muskayee Dr. Dilip
Humsaya Shyam / Lin Tan (Double Role) Directed & Produced By Himself
Dil Aur Mohabbat Rajesh Choudhary
1969 Dupatta Himself Punjabi Film
1970 Aag Aur Daag Raja
Ehsan Raja Prasad
Inspector Inspector Rajesh / Agent 707
Moojrim Gopal
Puraskar Rakesh
1971 Kahin Aar Kahin Paar CID Agent
1972 Ek Bar Mooskura Do Dr. Ashok
1977 Haiwan Major Anil Verma
Chhailla Babu Directed
1985 Phoolan Devi Bada Thakur Bengali Film; Also Released in Hindi as "Kahani Phoolvati Ki"
Insaaf Main Karoongaa Shamsher Singh
2013 Love in Bombay Badal Directed & Produced By Himself. Film was originally made in 1971 but released in 2013.

See also


  1. ^ "Two weddings, and one story". Archived from the original on 16 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Joy Mukherjee profile". Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2006.
  3. ^ "Actor Joy Mukherjee dies at 73". Indian Express. Archived from the original on 20 February 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2017.