Press Trust Of India
February 03, 2012 18:49 IST
Bollywood director Raj Kanwar, who
launched actors Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra, passed
away today due to kidney ailment in Singapore.
The 50-year-old director-producer made memorable films
like Deewana, Laadla, Jeet, Daag: The Fire, Dhaai
Akshar Prem Ke and Andaaz. His last film was Saadiyaan in
2010, which launched Shatrughan Sinha's son Luv.
Shah Rukh, who started his career with Kanwar's 1992 film
Deewana led the tribute to the director on Twitter.
"My friend Raj Kanwarji passed away. The impermanence of
life, makes one feel so helpless. May his soul rest in peace.
Aisi Deewangi...miss u sir," SRK, who made his debut with
Deewana, wrote on Twitter.
"I got to know that he was in Singapore for a kidney
transplant..he was undergoing treatment for kidney ailment
there," director Anubhav Sinha told PTI.
Actress Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta, who made their
debut with 2003 film Andaaz opposite Akshay Kumar, also paid
tribute to the director.
"Saddens me so much, my first director Raj Kanwar passed
away..RIP Rajji..You believed in me when even I didn't. Andaaz
taught me everything I know," Priyanka tweeted.
"RIP Raj ji. Friend, director and guide. Bid goodbye with
a very heavy heart! We lost a kind, gentle, positive man,"
"Deeply saddened to know, Raj Kanwar, one of our finest
directors passed away. He'd directed two of my personal
favourite films of my career, Andaaz & Hum Ko Deewana Kar
Gaye. My thoughts & prayers with his family. RIP," actor
Akshay Kumar said.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said, "Sad to hear about
director Raj Kanwar's demise. RIP."
"Terribly saddened by the passing of Raj Kanwar. Was the
first person to sign me after Refuggee. He made Aishwarya and
my 1st film together. Dhai Akshar Prem Ke. Was a lovely man,
always happy, smiling and joking. Have wonderful wonderful
memories of him. Now no more. Thank you so much Raj ji for the
memories. I will miss you," actor Abhishek Bachchan said.
"Just heard the saddest news of Raj Kanwar's demise, had
the opportunity of interacting with him. Pray for his soul and
strength to family," Arjun Rampal said.