“I MISS MY DEAR DAD JOY MUKHERJEE ON HIS 84TH BIRTHDAY TODAY” SUJOY MUKHERJEE tells JYOTHI VENKATESH
Superstar Joy Mukherjee’s son Sujoy Mukherjee who comes from the illustrious “Filmalaya” Sashadar Mukherjee family and has cousins like Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Tanisha Mukherjee, Samrat Mukherjee and Sharbani Mukherjee besides Ayan Mukherjee fondly remembers his late father Joy Mukherjee on his 84th birth anniversary today and tells JYOTHI VENKATESH who is a family friend of the Mukherjees that though Sunny Deol was as popular as his father Dharmendra, he is sad that his father Joy Mukherjee did not get success to the extent he richly deserved only because his son could not click as an actor in films.
Talking about his father Joy Mukherjee, Sujoy Mukherjee his second son states that Joy was actually known as the Rock Hudson of India when he reigned supreme as the No 1 leading man in the 60’s. “My dad was a very straight forward, down to earth and simple person. Simplicity was his way of life and life mantra and he used to say that if you are simple you automatically will become successful.”
Sujoy adds that February 24 will always be the great day in his life because it was today that his father Joy Mukherjee was born 83 years ago. “I miss him”, says Sujoy with moist eyes as he recollects the wonderful days he had spent as a child with his late father, with whom he says that he has learnt a lot of things. I learnt from him how to put in 100 per cent whether I set out to write or for that matter produce or direct a film.”
Sujoy adds, “Dad used to tell me that the day you start thinking that you are perfect and know everything from A to Z, you lose the battle and also cease to grow and end up as a loser. I decided to follow in my father’s footsteps and become an actor because I used to admire him right from my childhood as an actor.”
Sujoy turns serious and confesses as a matter of fact. “I became an actor and christened myself as Boy Mukherjee and made my debut as a leading man opposite Sheeba because I genuinely thought that I do have the right potential to do justice to the roles that I got but did not at all get saddled with the kind of roles that I thought I was capable of doing. I didn’t get the kinds of roles which I thought I deserved to get. I know that I have the potential but did not get the success which I think I deserved to get, though my dad used to often tell me that I not only had a good voice and strong personality to succeed as an actor like him. But that was not meant to be.”
Sujoy recalls how his father at the peak of his popularity as a super star used to hold his hands and walk clad in a lungi and kurta all across the road early in the morning all the way to the school bus to drop him since the school bus was not allowed to come near the society in Yari Road where they used to stay.
Sujoy still recollects his dad’s smiling face and says that he learnt filmmaking from his dad who had produced the film Humsaya and directed two films- Humsaya and Chaila Babu. I would be honest enough to say that though dad was always my inspiration, Amitabh Bachchan is the only actor who used to inspire me when I was a child.”
Right now, Sujoy proudly states that he has already completed the shooting of his short film Jaan Hai Tu and the pre-production of his first feature film as a writer director- Kalpavriksh is over and adds that he is all set to make a feature film called Hunar which deals with a very serious contemporary issue of parents thrusting upon their wards careers which they do not want to take up as they have the potential to do something else on their own just because they themselves could not realise their ambition
Sujoy asserts that unfortunately though his dad was extremely popular as far as his fans were concerned, he never got the recognition or for that matter the accolades that he deserved to get as an actor or producer or director, and has decided to focus all his attention on direction which he feels is his forte now and leave aside acting for the time being.
When asked to enumerate five hits of his father which he loves to death, Sujoy signs off by stating that among the hits of his dad, he personally likes five. “If only dad was alive today, I would have loved to sing the song Hum Bhi Agar Bachche Hote Naam Hamara Hote Bablu Dablu Khane Ko Milte Laddoo on his birthday. The five songs of dad that I like are Bahut Shukriya Badi Meherbani, Mujhe Ishq Hai Tujhi Se, Laakhon Hain Nigah Mein, Dil Ki Awaaz Suno and the last but not the least Zara Zara”.