Veteran Cinematographer Johny Lal passed away due to Covid-19 related complications on April 21. Lal breathed his last at his home in Mumbai. He worked in films like Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein and Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai, among others.
The Western India Cinematographer Association General Secretary Rajan Singh confirmed the news and said, “Johny Lal ji passed away in Mumbai yesterday. He was shooting for some project just before the lockdown, and then he tested positive for Covid-19 a couple of weeks ago, and there were some complications due to which he died.”
Now, actors R Madhavan and Tusshar Kapoor took to social media to pay tribute to the veteran cinematographer.
R Madhavan wrote about Lal, who was the director of photography on RHTDM, “The Saga of tragedies continues & we lost a wonderful man-The DOP of RHTDM. RIP Johny Lal sir.Your gentleness,kindness and brilliance will be so missed. You so beautifully managed to bring out our souls in RHTDM & now yours makes its way to the heavens. Heartbroken and aghast (sic).”
Tusshar Kapoor remembered Johny Lal from the days of his debut film, Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai (2001). He wrote, “RIP Johnny sir! Thank you for making #mujhekucchkehnahai look like the way it did, fresh even today! Thank you for making my rawness and imperfection, look natural and youthful, during the filming of my 1st film!”
Meanwhile, many other Bollywood stars penned heartfelt notes for the late cinematographer. Actor-filmmaker Satish Kaushik wrote: “Oh God !! Shocked to hear about demise of Johny Lal an ace cinematographer, great, simple human being . Will miss u Johny Maa .Heartfelt condolences to the family & May his pure soul RIP .. Om Shanti #KabirLal#Amirlal.”
Johny Lal has worked on several Hindi films including Urvashi Rautela’s Virgin Bhanupriya (2020), Arbaz Khan’s Main Zaroor Aaounga (2019), Govinda and Salman Khan’s Partner (2007), John Abraham and Suniel Shetty’s Lakeer (2004), Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor’s Yaadein (2001), and many more.