Eminent filmmaker Raj Kanwar passed away on Friday morning in Singapore. Kanwar who has been suffering from kidney ailment since the past year had gone there for a kidney transplant but breathed his last even before the operation happened. The film industry was in a state of shock over the untimely demise of this prolific filmmaker.
Incidentally Kanwar’s elder brother K Pappu also died of the same ailment five years ago and at the age of 53. Kanwar’s body will be flown to India today. Kanwar is survived by his wife Anita and two sons Karan (20) and Abhay Kanwar (16). The cremation will be held at Oshiwara on Sunday afternoon at 12.
Raj Kanwar (earlier assistant to Rajkumar Santoshi) arrived in Bollywood with a big bang with his directorial debut Deewana which launched one of the country’s biggest superstars in the form of Shah Rukh Khan.
The film went on to smash all box-office records and then Kanwar went on to create some of the biggest hits in the form of Laadla, Jeet, Daag-The Fire, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega and Andaaz. He successfully launched the career of several Bollywood stars – Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Arya Babbar, Amrita Rao, apart from SRK. Known for his shy nature and extremely low-profile life style, Kanwar was a man of few words whose only passion was cinema. In the last couple of years Kanwar launched Shatrughan Sinha’s son Luv in Saadiyaan, which was a flop and was planning his next film.
Source: Times of India