Joy Mukherjee Wiki, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Joy Mukherjee was an Indian actor and Filmmaker who has worked in more than 30 films. He starred in several hits and was called the ‘heartthrob of the 1960s and 1970s.


Joy Mukherjee was born on Friday, 24 February 1939 (age 73 years; at the time of his death) in Jhansi, United Provinces, British India (now Uttar Pradesh, India). His zodiac sign is Pisces. He completed his schooling at Col. Brown Cambridge School in Dehra Dun and later went to St. Xavier College, Mumbai.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 6′ 2″

Weight (approx.): 75 kg

Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper

Eye Colour: Black

Joy Mukherjee


Joy Mukherjee was born in a Hindu Bengali Family.

Parents & Siblings

Joy was born to Sashadhar Mukherjee and Sati Devi. His father was an Indian filmmaker and the co-founder of Filmalaya Studios and was awarded the Padma Shri, by the Government of India.

Starting from left; Subodh Mukherjee, Sashadhar Mukherjee (Joy's father), Meenakshi Seshadri, Sati Devi (Joy's mother), Rajiv Kapoor & Shomu Mukherjee

Starting from left; Subodh Mukherjee (Joy’s uncle), Sashadhar Mukherjee (Joy’s father), Meenakshi Seshadri, Sati Devi (Joy’s mother), Rajiv Kapoor and Shomu Mukherjee (Joy’s brother)

He had five siblings including four brothers, Deb Mukherjee (actor), Shomu Mukherjee (director), Subbir Mukherjee (producer), Rono Mukherjee (director), and a sister, Shibani Maulik Mukherjee.

Wife & Children

Joy got married to Neelam Mukherjee in 1966. They had two sons, Sujoy Mukherjee, and Monjoy Mukerji and a daughter, Simran Mukherjee.

Joy Mukherjee with his family

Joy Mukherjee with his wife and daughter

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Both Sujoy and Monjoy are film producers.

Monjoy and Sujoy Mukherjee during an event

Monjoy and Sujoy Mukherjee during an event

Other Relatives

He was the nephew of Subodh Mukerji, who was a Hindi filmmaker meanwhile Ashok Kumar (actor), Anoop Kumar (actor), and Kishore Kumar (singer and actor) were his maternal uncles. Tanuja Samarth was his sister-in-law, the wife of his brother Shomu Mukherjee, and the mother of Kajol, who is a famous Bollywood actress. He was also the paternal uncle of Rani Mukherjee, a famous Bollywood actress and Ayan Mukerji, a renowned filmmaker.

Ayan, Kajol, Rani, Tanisha and Sharbani Mukerji at their family's Durga Puja

Ayan Mukerji, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Tanishaa Mukerji and Sharbani Mukerji at their family’s Durga Puja

Family Tree

Joy Mukherjee's family tree

Joy Mukherjee’s family tree

Religion/Religious Views

He followed Hinduism.



Joy made his acting debut in the film Love in Simla, in the lead role opposite Sadhana in 1960, directed by R. K. Nayyar and produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee. The film was inspired by the 1938 English film ‘Jane Steps Out’ and became a hit at the box office.

Love in Simla (1960)

Love in Simla (1960), Joy Mukherjee’s debut film

After that, he worked with well-known actresses like Saira Bano, Sadhna, and Rajashree.

Saira Banu and Joy Mukherjee in a film

Saira Banu and Joy Mukherjee’s scene in a film

He was mainly known for films like Aao Pyar Karen (1963), Shagird (1967), Ek Musafir Ek Haseena(1962), Ishaara (1964), Jee Chahta Hai (1964), Door Ki Awaaz (1964), and Love in Tokyo (1965), and later worked in a Punjabi film, Dupatta, which was released in 1969. His popularity began to soar in the late 1960s and he was replaced by a new generation of actors. His last movie was Insaaf Main Karoonga released in 1985, starring opposite Rajesh Khanna and Padmini Kolhapure.

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Joy produced and directed the film, Humsaya which was released in 1968. He played the double role in the film opposite Mala Sinha and Sharmila Tagore, however, the film did not succeed at the box office.

Humsaya (1968)

Humsaya (1968)

He then produced ‘Love in Bombay’, which was the third film of Mukherjee’s Love In trilogy, after Love in Simla (1960), and Love in Tokyo (1966). He appeared along with his maternal uncles Ashok Kumar and Kishore Kumar. Although, the film was made in 1971, but was later released in 2013 by his son Monjoy Mukherjee, after a year of Joy Mukherjee’s death. The film was Joy’s dream project, but he was left with no money to release the film resulting in the delay.

Love in Bombay (2013)

Love in Bombay (2013)

In 1977, the film ‘Chhailla Babu’ was released which became the first successful venture of Joy Mukherjee’s directorial career. The film was written and produced by Shomu Mukherjee and directed by Joy Mukherjee, starring Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman. The movie was an overnight success at the box office and helped Joy to solve his bankruptcy issues.

Chhailla Babu (1977)

Chhailla Babu (1977)


Joy Mukherjee died on 9 March 2012 in Mumbai’s Leelavati Hospital. He was suffering from a prolonged illness and was on a ventilator before he took his last breath.


  • Actor: Ashok Kumar & Kishore Kumar


  • Joy Mukherjee was labelled as the first chocolate boy of the Hindi film industry in the 1960s.
  • Joy Mukherjee wanted to become a tennis player before coming into the film industry.
  • Joy Mukherjee liked to smoke and was often seen with a cigarette.
    Joy Mukherjee while smoking a cigarette

    Joy Mukherjee while smoking a cigarette

  • Joy signed his first film Hum Hindustani (1960) for a fee of Rs 200, which was offered by his uncle Ram Mukherjee as bait to convince him for the film.
  • Joy Mukherjee dropped Asha Parekh from his lap while shooting a scene from Love in Tokyo film. Although it was an accident, she got injured badly.
  • Joy Mukherjee has also worked in TV serials due to his financial issues.
  • A road was named after Joy Mukherjee as ‘Shri Joy Mukerji Marg’ in Andheri, Mumbai on 24 February 2013 by BMC.
  • Joy Mukherjee faced severe financial losses due to the production of films like Humsaya (1968) and Love in Bombay (2013). It is said that Joy was left with no money to release the film Love in Bombay in the 1970s.
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