Filmmaker B R Ishara, who directed films like 'Chetna' and 'Ek Nazar', passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 77 at a hospital here after suffering from tuberculosis. Ishara, who was believed to be in his seventies, was best known for writing and directing films in the 1970s including 'Hum Do Hamare Do', 'Zaroorat' and 'Milap'.
Among the newcomers the writer-director launched were Anil Dhawan (Chetna), Parveen Babi (Charitra), Reena Roy (Zaroorat) and Raj Kiran (Kaagaz Ki Nao). Trivia for cricket enthusiasts: He directed all-rounder Salim Durrani in Charitra.
He also worked with stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Reena Roy, Shatrughan Sinha, Raj Kiran and Raza Murad.
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with him in 'Ek Nazar', remembered Ishara on the micro-blogging site. "The well known writer-director BR Ishara passed away early this morning. Brought in fresh style subject for films. Did 'Ek Nazar'," he wrote on Twitter.
"BR Ishara - BabuDa, took a departure from conventional style of film making in early 70's - novel and appreciated by all... He directed and made 'Ek Nazar' with Jaya and me before our marriage... some of the most melodious music of LP," Big B added.
Actor Manoj Bajpayee tweeted, "Unfortunate Mr BR Ishara passed away!may god bless his soul with peace!"