The Film and Television Producers Guild of India (PGI) CEO, Kulmeet Makkar, passed away due to heart attack on 1 May 2020 in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. He was 60. His demise has sent a shock wave across the film fraternity and union activists.
In a statement PGI paid tribute to Makkar for his immense contribution in the growth of Indian film and television industry. The official statement said –
“Today we lost our pillar of strength. Kulmeet is irreplaceable. His passion, integrity, resourcefulness and commitment were only matched by his deep empathy and unique ability to find a way through the toughest situations.
Today we have lost someone who has played an integral role – always unassumingly and behind the scenes to nurture and grow the Indian film and television industry. Our dearest Kulmeet, you will always be missed. Your legacy will live on.”
Ashoke Pandit, President, Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA), took to social media to say, “Sad to know about the sudden demise of our dear friend Kulmeet Makkar CEO – The Film and Television Producers Guild of India due to massive heart attack in Dharamshala (Himachal). Will miss you Kulmeet. Heartfelt condolences to d family.”
Writer-director-producer Karan Johar also expressed his grief with a Tweet that read – “Kulmeet you were such an incredible pillar to all of us at the Producers Guild of India….relentlessly working for the industry and towards its enhancement and advancement… you left us too soon…We will miss you and always Remember you fondly…. Rest in peace my friend…”
Actor, producer and writer-director Farhan Akhtar expressed his shock on Twitter with these words – “Seems like every day we’re waking up to losing someone we knew and someone who cared deeply about Indian film. RIP Kulmeet Makkar.. your work as the CEO of Film & Television Producers Guild of India will always be remembered.”
Veteran producer Ramesh Sippy tweeted – “Producer’s Guild has lost its heart! Kulmeet Makkar is no more! Our condolences to his wife Mamta & family. His 10 years of reshaping the Guild will act as the guiding light for the future. May his soul rest in peace.”
Producer-director Subhash Ghai’s tweet read – “Another shock to BOLLYWOOD KULMEET MAKKAR Passed away coz of heart attack Our precious friend of Fim N TV industry n CEO of @producersguild of india-a dedicated effective voice of industry to govt n various institutions. Loved by all We will miss u sir! RIP”
Sunil Salgia, Hon. General Secretary of SWA, wrote on his Facebook timeline – “Sadly, Kulmeet Makkar, CEO – Film Producers Guild of India gone today. A gentleman I met him last month only. RIP”
Kulmeet Makkar was said to be working on setting up a trust for daily wage workers affected by the nationwide lockdown, imposed to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID19). He was actively involved with initiatives for development of the film, television and new media production sector in India focusing on policy matters, copyright protection, government regulations, taxation, co-productions treaties, alliances and partnerships.
On behalf of its office bearers, Executive Committee and all members, the Screenwriters Association express their shock and grief at the demise of Kulmeet Makkar. We pray for his soul to rest in peace.