Filmmaker Sawan Kumar Tak has been hospitalized and is in critical condition. He has long suffered from lung-related ailments. Sawaan would have launched stars like Sanjeev Kumara and Mehmood in bollywood. According to a report, he is in intensive care at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.

Sawan Kumar began his career as a producer with the 1967 film Naunihal starring Sanjeev Kumar and received the Presidential Mention at the National Film Awards that year. He later made his directorial debut with Gomti Ke Kinare in 1972, which turned out to be Meena Kumari’s last film.

Navin Kumar Tak, Sawan Kumar’s cousin, told ETimes: “He was hospitalized a few days ago. He has had a history of lung-related conditions, but this time he is serious and his heart is not in good condition. We ask the fans and followers for their prayers so that Uncle can get through this difficult time.”

Sawan also wrote lyrics for many popular films including Hrithik Roshan’s debut Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai, Souten, Souten Ki Beti, Bewaffa and many more. Some of the movies that Sawan has been associated with are Sanam Bewafa, Sajan Bina Suhagan and Souten.

Speaking of his first film, Sawan had told The Hindu in a 2012 interview: “I came to Mumbai from Jaipur in 1965 to become an actor. After trying my luck at two to three studios when I couldn’t get a break, I decided me to start from the top I asked my sister to borrow 25,000 rupees to make a movie I had an idea about an orphan whose director tells him he has a relative in the form of Pandit Nehru My sisters refused but my brother-in-law agreed. So I produced Naunihal. The film got the Presidential Mention at the National Awards, but it turned out to be a commercial failure. With this, I gave the break to Sanjeev Kumar. I saw him at a theater production where he was filling in for an established actor. Floored by his performance, I promised to give him a part in my first film. And when the time came, I offered him Naunihal and changed his name from Haribhai Jariwala to Sanjeev Kumar.”

He added: “Excited by the critical acclaim, I went to sign Meena Kumari for Gomti Ke Kinare. After I told the emotional story, I asked her who she would like to have as a director. She said the man who made me so” “One touching story. I was stunned. I didn’t have the confidence to direct a movie and neither did Meena Kumari. But when she insisted, I decided to take charge.”

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