Joy Mukherjee is the son of Sashadhar Mukherjee and Sati Devi. His father was a successful producer and a co-founder of Filmistan Studios. His paternal uncle is director Subodh Mukherjee, whilst his maternal uncles were Ashok Kumar and Kishore Kumar. His brothers are Deb Mukherjee and Shomu Mukherjee. Shomu is married to actress Tanuja & their daughters are actresses Kajol and Tanisha. His niece is Rani Mukerji and nephew is director Ayan Mukerji.Joy Mukherjee's aunt Monmaya Devi was daughter of GC Banerjee and Smt Annapurna Devi - then owner of Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling whose family still run the estate to produce one of the best tea in the world.
Joy debuted opposite Sadhana in the film Love in Simla (1960) directed by R.K. Nayyar. Aghajani Kashmeri wrote the script and dialogues for this movie. Sashodhar was a close friend and employer of Aghajani. One evening, as the two were discussing who would play the lead role (Sashodhar was keen on Shammi Kapoor), Aghajani saw Sashodhar's Joy return home. He pointed to the tall and good looking man and said, "there is our hero." Sashodhar sceptical about Joy becoming an actor. So he asked Aghajani whether he would undertake the responsibiltiy to teach Joy the nuances of acting. Agha Jani agreed. And a new hero was introduced to Bollywood. After Love in Simla, he paired with Asha...... Read More