Filmmaker Raj Kanwar passes away

# Veteran filmmaker Raj Kanwar, who is best known for his films like Deewana, Laadla, Daag-The Fire and Jeet passed away. The director breathed his last in Singapore where he had gone to undergo a kidney transplant procedure. Raj it seems had even undergone a bypass surgery in the past.

Bollywood celebs expressed their heartfelt condolences on Twitter. Shah Rukh Khan, whose first film Deewana was directed by Raj Kanwar tweeted, “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”

Others like Madhur Bhandarkar, Milap Zaveri and Sangeeth Sivan too expressed their sorrow on the demise of the veteran filmmaker.

We at Bollywood Hungama express our heartfelt condolences to his family.


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    sputnik 12 years ago


    I had liked Deewana back when I saw it in 1992. Shah Rukh became a star with this movie and walked away with all the credit for the movie. Felt that Raj Kanwar did not get his due back then. It wasn’t the conventional love story debuts that actors used to have back then. Shah Rukh’s arrival only after intermission created a mini trend. Aamir & Saif made their entry after intermission in Parampara and Sunny made his entry near/after intermission in Damini.

    Laadla was pretty much a scene-scene remake. I had seen the Telugu version earlier and I did not like Anil much in Laadla. Judaai was very good and is probably Raj Kanwar’s best movie. It was also a remake of a Telugu movie.

    Found Daag-The Fire ok/decent when I saw it back then. Had liked Priyanka in Andaz.

  2. aryan 12 years ago

    One of my favorite scene from movie Deewana

  3. Rehan 12 years ago

    RIP raj kanwar

  4. Rex 12 years ago

    RIP, Deewana IMO remains his best work , brought Srk into limelight for the first time. His films i felt had recurring themes like love, betrayal, loyalty, & i have also noticed the female protagonists (deewana, jeet) under some conflicting circumstances marrying some other guy in his movies.

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