Director Raj Kanwar passes away

Famous director Raj Kanwar who directed hit films like ‘Deewana’ and ‘Andaaz’ passed away in Singapore due to kidney ailment on Friday afternoon.

Shammi Chhabra, assistant director and close associate of Kanwar family, said: "He was suffering from kidney problem for quite sometime”. His wife Anita Kanwar and nephew Sunny Singh were near him when he breathed his last. Three days ago, Kanwar had undergone a kidney transplant and was under observation following some complications.

Raj's last rites will be performed in Mumbai on Sunday. "The body will be flown into the city around 10pm on Saturday. The cremation will be carried out at Oshiwara cremation centre on Sunday," said Chabbra.

On the micro-blogging site Twitter, Shahrukh Khan wrote: "My friend RajKanwarji passed away. The impermanence of life, makes one feel so helpless.
May his soul rest in peace. Aisi Deewangi..miss u sir. "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," tweeted Priyanka Chopra.

Raj Kanwar worked as an assistant director in the movie Ram Avtar and Ghayal. Later he took up direction and directed Shahrukh Khan and late Divya Bharti in the movie Deewana.

He will always be remembered for hits such as Laadla (1994), Jaan (1996) and Judaai (1997). His last film was Sadiyaan: Boundaries Divide, Love Unites in 2010 which launched Shatrughan Sinha's son Luv in 2010.

.His demise is a great loss for the Hindi film industry.

May his soul rest in peace!