February 10, 2012 03:37:53 PM IST Glamsham Editorial
Veteran writer-filmmaker O. P. Dutta died following a bout of pneumonia at Mumbai's Kokilaben Hospital.
The filmmaker began his career as a director with PYAAR KI JEET in 1948, followed by SURAJMUKHI (1950), EK NAZAR (1951), MALKIN (1953) and others. Later, O. P. Dutta turned writer for his son J. P. Dutta as he wrote films like GHULAMI (1985), BORDER (1997), REFUGEE (2000), LOC KARGIL (2003). His last film as a writer was UMRAO JAAN (2006).
Actor Abhishek Bachchan, who worked with the filmmaker in UMRAO JAAN, expressed his grief on a social networking site. Abhi tweeted, ''As soon as I get off the stage, I receive the terrible news of the passing of Mr. O. P. Dutta, father to J P Dutta. The director who launched me.. O P ji was J P saab's writer and dialogue writer. He penned my very first words that I ever said on screen. Such a loving man. Full of zest, positivity and compassion. Had a great sense of humor and so rich in experience. He taught me one of my greatest lessons in life... jab bura apni burayi na chode, phir achcha apni achchayi kyun chode?''