Noted screenwriter Shafeeq Ansari of `Baghban` fame died early on Wednesday in Mumbai after a prolonged ilness. He was 84.
His son Mohsin Ansari confirmed the news of the writer`s demise and his last rites are to be performed at the Oshiwara cemetery.
Shafeeq Ansari started his career as a writer in 1974 with Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha-starrer `Dost`, followed by Dharmendra and Hema Malini-starrer `Dil Ka Heera` and in 1990 he penned Dilip Kumar, Govinda and Madhuri Dixit-starrer `Izzatdar` followed by `Pyaar Hua Chori Chori` which starred Mithun and Gouthami.
Ansari joined hands with veteran filmmaker B.R Chopra and was credited as one of the dialogue and screenplay writers of 2003 hit `Baghban` featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Salman Khan.
He is survived by his son Moshin and a daughter.
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