2020 keeps getting worse. Veteran producer and director Harish Shah passed away today at the age of 76 at his residence. He was suffering from throat cancer. His brother Vinod Shah told Indian Express, “Harish was battling throat cancer for ten years. He passed away today at 6 am. He was 76 years old. His funeral will take place today around 1 pm at Pawan Hans crematorium. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, very few people are allowed for the funeral. It is going to be only 2 or 3 of us to do his last rites.”
Shah had produced Feroz Khan’s Kaala Sona, Rajesh Khanna‘s Mere Jeevan Sathi, Sunny Deol‘s Jaal: The Trap and many more. As a director, he is famous for Dharmendra’s 1988 film Zalzala and Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Kapoor’s 1980 film Dhan Daulat. Harish Shah had also produced a short film on cancer titled, Why Me, which had won the President award.
Many prominent Bollywood personalities like Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Saroj Khan have passed away this year. It’s been more than three weeks since the demise of Sushant Singh Rajput. There are still many discussions and debates about nepotism, conspiracy theories surrounding his death. In an interview to Hindustan Times, Raveena Tandon urged people to stop sensationalising the death. She said, “Stop sensationalising it now. You can’t blame anyone, not the film industry. This is just becoming a witch-hunt, a lynch mob, which is wrong. People have to think rationally. It’s doing a great disservice to the poor boy who’s gone.”
The actress said that she’s sad seeing a Whatsapp doing the rounds. She said, “Karan Johar intentionally made a bad film for Sushant, so he could ruin the actor’s career. Why would a producer pay an actor crores of rupees, sign him in his movie and then risk the rest of the crores in making a shitty film? Why would anyone invest so much money, time and mechanism to intentionally sabotage his own film? How absurd are these allegations!”