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Ismail Merchant laid to rest
29th May 2005 16.25 IST
Filmmaker Ismail Merchant , who died in London on Wednesday, was on Saturday buried near the grave of his mother in South Mumbai in the presence of his family members and friends from Bollywood.
A prayer was held at the Kabarasthan mosque before his burial.
Merchant’s close friend and associate Shashi Kapoor was among those who were present at the burial ground.
Earlier, Merchant’s body was flown in from London by an Air-India cargo flight and kept at his brother’s house at Mumbai Central for people to pay respects.
Film personalities Shabana Azmi and Shashi Kapoor were present at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of Mumbai airport to receive the body.
Other film personalities like Shyam Benegal , Arif Zakaria, Simi Garewal, Neena Gupta, Nimmi and Rahul Bose paid their homage to the veteran producer-director at the family house in Mumbai Central. Mumbai’s Joint Commissioner of Police Ahmed Javed was also present.
Several personalities from the Bollywood had condoled Merchant’s death saying his demise was a great loss to the country and the film world.
The 68-year-old producer-director died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Wednesday due to ulcer burst in the abdomen.
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