In Memoriam Joy Mukherjee's heroines remember their dashing co-star.
Joy Mukherjee was my first hero. We both hailed from the Filmalaya Acting School in the late 50s. We started our acting career with “Love In Shimla” directed by R.K. Nayyar. Joy was tall, handsome and exuded a manly charm on screen. He was not an actor of the calibre of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor or Dev Anand. He followed Shammi Kapoor's acting style and we formed a popular pair with our first film. We again paired together in “Ek Musafir Ek Hasina” in 1962 directed by Raj Khosla which went on to be a super hit. It is really sad, Joy passed away a day after Holi.
We danced to the “Come September” tune for the first time in “Ishara”. Joy was junior to me. Yet he was good with his stepping. As he lipped, “Dil Beqarar Sa” to Mohammed Rafi in the same film, he did appear romantic. Not an actor of great merit, Joy knew his limitations well.
A thorough gentleman, Joy Mukherjee gave due respect to all his co stars. I am grief struck to hear about his tragic demise.
We were a lucky and hit pair of three films, “Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hun”, “Ziddi” and “Love In Tokyo”. We worked in these breezy entertainers all of which had fabulous music. When we were shooting in Tokyo for “Love In Tokyo”, Joy and I used to look for Indian food and we did enjoy North Indian dishes in a couple of restaurants. He was never vulgar on screen and co-operated in every frame like a decent human being. I will be missing the vibrant Joy very much.
(As told to Ranjan Das Gupta)