Raj Kanwar dies, Bolllywood mourns

Director Raj Kanwar who directed films like Deewana, Laddla, Sadiyaan, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye,  Andaaz, Ab Ke Baras, Farz, Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Badal, Daag: The Fire, Itihaas, Jeet,  Jaan,  Kartavya, passed away on Friday in Singapore due to kidney ailment.

He underwent kidney surgery in Singapore but could not recover after the surgery. His health kept deteriorating and finally he breathed his last on Friday. His wife and son were by his side when he died. His body will be flown to Mumbai where the last rites will be performed. He left behind his wife Anita and two sons Karan (20) and Abhay Kanwar (16). The cremation will be held at Oshiwara on Sunday afternoon at 12.

Bollywood celebrities expressed shock on hearing the sad news. They took to twitter to express their grief.

Shah Rukh Khan
Launched by Kanwar in Deewana 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

Akshay Kumar
Worked with Raj Kanwar in Andaaz and Humko Deewane Kar Gaye 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 and Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye. My thoughts and prayers with his family. RIP.

Lara Dutta
Launched by Raj Kanwar in Andaaz R.I.P. Raj ji. Friend,director and guide. Bid goodbye with a very heavy heart! :-(. We lost a kind, gentle, positive man

Abhishek Bachchan
Worked with him in Dhai Akshar Prem Ke
Terribly saddened by the passing of Raj Kanwar. Was the first person to sign me after Refugee. He made Aishwarya and my first film together. Dhai Akshar Prem Ke. Was a lovely man, always happy, smiling and joking. Have wonderful memories of him. Now no more.

Priyanka Chopra
Launched by him in Andaaz
Saddens me so much,my 1st director Raj Kanwar passed away..RIP Rajji..U believed in me when even I didn't. Andaaz taught me everything I know

Suneel Darshan
Produced Andaaz, which Raj Kanwar directed
I have very fine memories of Raj. Our relationship spanned over 25 years.He worked with me as an assiatant director in the late 1980s. He directed Andaaz for me in 2003. He was a very brilliant filmmaker but not very media savvy. He had an illustrious career. His death is too shocking. He was just in his 50s. He met me before he left for Singapore. That was my last meeting with him.

Amrita Rao
Launched by Raj Kanwar in Ab Ke Baras
How can I forget the first filmmaker who I debuted with? He was a tough taskmaster and a perfectionist. He demanded high voltage performances from his actors and made sure that they delivered in their first take.