Legendary Bollywood filmmaker J. Om Prakash breathed his last on Wednesday morning in Mumbai. He was 93 years of age. The news of action star Hrithik Roshan’s maternal grandfather’s passing was confirmed by his contemporary and nephew Deepak Parashar, who mourned the tragic loss in a Twitter post an hour after Prakash’s death. "My dearest uncle Mr J Om Prakash passed away about an hour ago. So saddened as he joins his friend, my mamaji Mr Mohan Kumar in heaven! Their contributions to Indian cinema is a gift they left behind for us! Took this pic few months ago when went to see him! Om Shanti!" he wrote.
My dearest uncle “Mr J Om Prakash”passed away about an hour ago So saddened as he joins his friend, my Mamaji “Mr Mohan Kumar “in heaven ! Their contributions to Indian cinema is a gift they left behind for us ! Took this pic few months ago when went to see him ! Om Shanti ! pic.twitter.com/rRuODYcQ2Z— Deepak Parashar (@dparasherdp) August 7, 2019
Amitabh Bachchan was one of the first celebrities from the Indian film industry to remember Prakash as a gentle and humble man. “J Om Prakash ji – a producer and director of eminence passed away this morning. A kind, gentle and affable being. My neighbour and Hrithik's grandfather... sad!! Prayers for his soul.”
T 3251 - J OM PRAKASH ji Producer Director of eminence, passed away this morning .. a kind gentle affable being .. my neighbor, Hrithik's grandfather .. sad !! Prayers for his soul ..— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 7, 2019
The late filmmaker's daughter Pinky is Hrithik’s mother and married to Rakesh Roshan. Hrithik expressed his fondness towards Prakash on multiple occasions, often calling him his mentor and role model.
Hrithik and family at Prakash's 92nd birthday
Not too long ago, he thanked his “deda” for all his support ahead of the release of Hrithik’s latest outing Super 30. He wrote, "My Super Teacher – My nana who I lovingly call deda. I thank him for the lessons he has taught me at every stage of my life, which I share with my kids now.”
#MySuperTeacher - My Nana who I lovingly call Deda, for the lessons he has taught me at every stage of my life, which I share with my kids now. And Dr Oza, my speech therapist as a child, who taught me to accept my weakness and helped me overcome my fear of stammer. pic.twitter.com/TCw1qW3Bg0— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) July 5, 2019
Prakash is best known for directing films such as Aap Ki Kasam, Aakhir Kyon?, Arpan, Apna Bana Lo, Aasha and Apnapan. He directed Rajesh Khanna in his debut film Aap Ki Kasam and worked with Jeetendra in Aadmi Khilona Hai.
Prakash with Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz behind the scenes of Aap Ki Kasam
He will be fondly remembered in the hearts of his fans and loved ones alike. Rest in peace!