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Subodh Mukherji.

Helmer-producer Subodh Mukherji died in Mumbai, India, on May 21 of leukemia. Mukerji produced and directed Bollywood's first color hit "Junglee" (Wild One, 1961). Pic, which introduced Saira Banu and made a star of Shammi Kapoor, set the trend of lensing in striking locales--including the strife-torn state of Kashmir.

Mukherji came from a Bollywood family. His older brother Shashdhar set up studios Bombay Talkies and Filmistan, and his nieces include Bollywood stars Kajol and Rani Mukherjee.

He started out as a screenwriter and assistant director in Filmistan Studios, going on to make his directorial debut in Filmistan's "Munimji" (Clerk).

He carved a niche with light romantic musicals, which never strayed from a simple formula. Among Mukherji's hits was Filmistan's "Paying Guest." Mukherji turned producer with his next "Love Marriage."

He went on to produce hits including "April Fool," "Saaz aur awaz" (Sound & Voice) and "Sharmilee" (The Bashful One). He is survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.

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Title Annotation:HELMERS
Author:Iyer, Shilpa Bharatan
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Jun 20, 2005
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