Anil Suri, veteran Bollywood producer, passes away due to COVID-19; brother claims 'hospitals denied him bed'
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: In a shocking news, veteran Bollywood producer Anil Suri passed away at the age of 77 on Thursday due to the dreadful coronavirus.
Suri, who had backed films like Raaj Kumar-Rekha starrer "Karmayogi" and "Raaj Tilak", is survived by two children and wife.
His brother Rajiv Suri, however, said that the veteran actor was denied bed in the hospital, adding that he had fever on June 2 but his condition worsened the next day with breathlessness.
"He was rushed to the top hospitals, Lilavati and Hinduja, but both denied him a bed," Rajiv told news agency PTI.
"He was then taken to Advanced Multispeciality Hospital on Wednesday night. He had COVID-19. On Thursday evening, they said something is amiss and he was put on ventilator. He died around 7:00 pm," he added.
Anil's last rites were performed on Friday morning at Oshiwara cremation ground with four close family members attending it wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Anil Suri produced films like "Karmayogi" (1978), starring Raaj Kumar, Jeetendra and Rekha, and the 1984 multistarrer "Raaj Tilak", starring Dharmendra, Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Hema Malini, Reena Roy, Sarika and Kamal Haasan.
Rajiv, who had produced Basu Chatterjee's 1979 film Manzil featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Moushumi Chatterjee, said it was heartbreaking to lose one of his favourite directors and brother on the same day. Chatterjee breathed his last on Thursday morning.
Chatterjee, known for his relatable, light as soufflé brand of cinema with films such as Rajnigandha and Chitchor, died following age related health issues. He was 93. Chatterjee, who is survived by his daughters Sonali Bhattacharya and Rupali Guha, died in his sleep at his Santacruz residence.
(With PTI inputs)
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