Veteran screenplay writer Jalees Sherwani dies at 70

Jalees Sherwani, who had penned lyrics for several Salman Khan films like Dabangg, Wanted and Tere Naam, passed away yesterday afternoon. He was 70. Sherwani died to due to prolonged illness and breathed his last on route to the hospital after his health deteriorated, family sources said. The announcement of his passing was made at the 5th Indian Screenwriters Conference. A tribute was paid on thursday’s session of the conference.

At his cremation yesterday, which happened at Oshiwara, several of his colleagues from the industry were present, including actor Raza Murad, music composer duo Sajid-Wajid, writer Dilip Shukla, Faiz Anwar and Wasim Siddique, among others.

Apart from writing dialogues for Sangam and Loafer, Sherwani also penned lyrics for films like Partner, Hello, Garv and Hello Brother. He also happened to be the president of Film Writers’ Association for sometime. The last song that he wrote was for Salman Khan starrer Tiger Zinda Hai that released in 2017.

Filmmaker and activist Ashoke Pandit also took to Twitter to share his condolences. He wrote, “Sad to know about the demise of one of our veteran writers #JaleesSherwani ji. May his family gain the strength to bear with this huge loss. We will miss U. #RIP.”

(WIth inputs from PTI)

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First Published: Aug 02, 2018 19:22 IST

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