Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji‘s father and established filmmaker Ram Mukerji passed away during the wees hours of the morning today (October 22, 2017) in Mumbai. According to sources, Ram Mukerji died today at 4 am and his body was taken to his residence, Janki Kutir at 10:30 am. The exact cause of the death is yet to be known but it has been said that Ram Mukerji was fit and healthy before he unexpectedly collapsed this morning.

Ram Mukerji’s funeral was held in the city a while back and present at the funeral were Rani’s husband and filmmaker Aditya ChopraRanveer Singh, Aamir Khan, Arjun Kapoor’s sister, Ashutosh Gowariker, among others and the celebrities were clicked during the last rites. Ram Mukerji’s daughter Rani too was snapped during the funeral. The actress was seen donning a black dress with golden sunglasses. Rani even waved to the paparazzi present there, while Rani’s husband, who attended his father-in-law’s last rites, was snapped inside his car.

For the uninitiated, Ram Mukerji, who was best known for helming films like Hum Hindustani and Leader, among others, is one of the founders of Filmalaya Studios, which is situated in Mumbai. Ram Mukerji is a film director, producer and screenwriter in Hindi and Bengali cinema. He produced daughter Rani Mukerji’s first Bollywood film Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat and has launched Rani in a Bengali romantic comedy film titled ‘Biyer Phool’ alongside Prosenjit Chatterjee in the year 1996. ALSO READ: (Diwali 2017: Find Out Why Tiger Shroff – Disha Patani, Ajay Devgn – Kajol Were Missing In Action)

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In an interview (in 2011) with a leading daily, Ram Mukerji had said that his daughter has been taking care of him while he had been ill adding that Rani even cancelled all her plans and had been there for her father. He said, “My daughter was very upset because I was not keeping well. But I am happy that I am perfectly fine now, and that my daughter has been able to concentrate on her work. I am blessed to have a daughter like Rani and I must say that I am a very proud father.”