Actor-filmmaker Joy Mukherjee critical

Mumbai: Yesteryears Hindi cinema star Joy Mukherjee was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital here in a critical condition Monday and has been put on ventilator, his spokesperson said.

"He was admitted to Lilavati Hospital at around 10:30 a.m. He has not been keeping well for quite some time," the 73-year-old`s spokesperson, R.R.Pathak, said.

"His wife Neelam Mukherjee is too distraught at the moment," he added.

Mukherjee, who made his cinematic debut in 1960 with ‘Love In Simla’, became a known face with films like ‘Shagird’, ‘Love in Tokyo’, ‘Bahu Beti’, ‘Ziddi’, ‘Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon’, ‘Ek Musafir Ek Hasina’, ‘Puraskar’, ‘Ishaara’ and ‘Hum Hindustani’.

The paternal uncle of actors Kajol and Tanisha, Mukherjee also directed movies like ‘Love in Bombay’ (1974), ‘Chhaila Babu’ (1977), ‘Saanjh Ki Bela’ (1981) and ‘Umeed’ (1989).