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President condoles passing away of Shakti Samanta

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President Pratibha Patil today condoled the passing away of renowned film-maker Shakti Samanta.

"A renowned filmmaker, producer and director, Shri Shakti Samanta shall always be remembered for his memorable superhits such as 'Howrah Bridge', 'Aradhana', 'Anuraag', 'Amanush', 'Kati Patang' and 'Amar Prem'," Ms Patil said in a condolence message to Samanta's wife Nilima.

"His singular contribution to Indian cinema was recognized through a number of awards. In his passing away, the nation has lost a creative filmmaker," she added.

Samanta, 83, had suffered a stroke about two weeks ago and finally passed away on Thursday in Mumbai.

His first directorial venture was "Bahu" in 1955 and three years later he turned a produce with "Howrah Bridge". In all, he produced 45-odd films, three of which---Aradhana, Anuraag and Amanush---got him Filmfare awards.

Some of his big hits included "Kashmir ki Kali" in which Sharmila Tagore made her Bollywood debut. She went on to star in several of his later films, including "An Evening in Paris" and "Aradhana".

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