The Guild posted a statement on its social media feeds confirming the news.
“Today we lost our pillar of strength. Kulmeet is irreplaceable. His passion, integrity, resourcefulness and commitment were only matched by his deep empathy and unique ability to find a way through the toughest situation,” the org wrote.
“Today we have lost someone who has played an integral role – always unassumingly and behind the scenes – to nurture and grow the Indian film and television industry,” it continued. “Our dearest Kulmeet, you will always be missed. Your legacy will live on.”
Makkar served as the Guild’s head since 2010. One of his most recent endeavors was to help set up the Producers Guild of India Relief Fund to help prop up the industry during the coronavirus pandemic, which Netflix donated $1M to.
According to multiple local reports, he died of a heart attack in Dharamshala.
Ashoke Pandit, the president of the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association, and filmmakers Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar were among those to take to Twitter to express their grief over the news.