Sawan Kumar Tak, a veteran director who created blockbusters like Souten, passed suddenly on Thursday due to severe health difficulties.
Tak was 86 years old and is survived by Usha Khanna, a prominent music director, and other relatives.
Sawan Kumar Tak passed away at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital after a heart attack after fighting lung and chest-related ailments for several days.
In 1967, Sawan Kumar Tak began his cinematic career.
Throughout his 55-year Bollywood career, Tak has directed more than 20 films, including the 1983 musical smash "Souten" starring Rajesh Khanna, Tina Munim (Ambani), and Padmini Kolhapure.
In his lengthy Bollywood career, the Jaipur-born film star also composed music, scripts, and produced numerous films.