Jai Om Yadav Mukherjee a.k.a. Joy Mukherjee was the son of Sashadhar Mukherjee and Sati Devi. His father was a successful producer and a co-founder of Filmalaya Studios. His uncles were director Subodh Mukherjee, Ashok Kumar and Kishore Kumar. Joy Mukherjee was educated in Col. Brown Cambridge School in Dehra Dun and St. Xavier College. His wife’s name is Neelam and they had two sons Monjoy (also known as Toy), Sujoy (also known as Boy) and a daughter Simran.
Joy debuted opposite Sadhana in the film Love in Shimla (1960) directed by R.K. Nayyar. He then starred with Asha Parekh for several hits like Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Love in Tokyo and Ziddi. Some of his films like Door Ki Aawaz, Aao Pyar Karen and Shagird (opposite Saira Bano), Ek Musafir Ek Haseena with Sadhna, Ishaara with Vyjayantimala and Jee Chahta Hai with Rajashree were superhit movies. Most of his movies had hit music. By the late 1960s acting roles began drying up, so he began directing and producing.
He produced and directed Humsaya although this films did not do well. Despite a late success with home production Ek Baar Muskura Do (1972) with brother Deb Mukherjee and later to be sister-in-law Tanuja, Joy faded from the silver screen.
Love in Bombay brought deep financial troubles for Joy Mukherjee. There were 37 cases of insolvency against him but he cleared everything and had a clean slate and started afresh. Mrs Mukherjee said that The 1973 film, was the third part of the Love in series which started with Joy debuting with the blockbuster hit Love in Shimla in 1960 and the golden jubilee hit Love in Tokyo in 1960. He later directed Rajesh Khanna in Chailla Babu in 1977 which was a major box office success and his insolvency issues got resolved.
Later in 1985, Rajesh Khanna even gave him an opportunity as a villain in the film Insaaf Main Karoonga, which became the last successful film of actor Joy Mukherjee.
Joy Mukherjee died on 9 March 2012 in Mumbai’s Leelavati Hospital, where he had been on a ventilator. He had a prolonged illness
Bahut shukriya badi meharbaani…. (Movie : Ek Musafir Ek Haseena)
Laakho hai neegaho me…. (Movie : Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoo)
Woh hai zara khafa khafa….. (Movie : Shagird)