The week started on a sombre note with producer Sudhakar Bokade passing away on Sunday night following a heart attack. The 57-year-old filmmaker is best known for his films like Saajan, Izzatdar, Sapne Saajan Ke among others. Incidentally, Bokade was all set to revive his banner with his upcoming film starring Rajeev Khandelwal.
Bokade was also working on releasing his long-pending film Kalingaa, which saw the legendary Dilip Kumar turn director. The producer had been hoping to release the project, the delay of which had cost him dearly.
The filmmaker came into the industry as a producer in 1990 with Izzatdar, which starred Dilip Kumar, Govinda and Madhuri Dixit in lead roles, post which he made the blockbuster Saajan. He also produced the much talked-about Prahaar that marked the debut of Nana Patekar as a director. His film Mera Juta Hai Japani with Rahul Roy, that the actor was to direct, also got shelved mid-way.
In the following years, Bokade tried his hand at making a comeback but remained unsuccessful. Recently, he was in talks with several actors for a string of films. His Khandelwal starrer was set to go on the floors this month. Bokade’s last rites were performed at Oshiwara crematorium on Monday afternoon.
At the funeral
B-Town was missing at Sudhakar Bokade’s funeral. The only actor in attendance was Shreyas Talpade. Bokade was planning a film with Shreyas, Govinda and Nana Patekar. He was apparently to shoot in Fiji but the project did not take off.