Filmmaker Raj Kanwar passes away

Filmmaker Raj Kanwar passed away in Singapore on Friday, February 3. He had been suffering from kidney trouble and had been on dialysis in Mumbai for a while. He had reportedly gone to Singapore for a kidney transplant

According to reports, there were complications post surgery and he passed away at approximately 11 am IST. He was 50. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Kanwar's body will reportedly be flown to Mumbai on Saturday. The cremation will take place at noon on Sunday.

Kanwar began his career as an assistant to filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and, later, Rajkumar Santoshi. He made his directorial debut with the Rishi Kapoor-Divya Bharati film Deewana (1992), which also marked Shah Rukh Khan's debut. The film was a huge hit and he followed it up with other successes like Laadla, Jaan, Jeet, Daag - The Fire, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, Andaaz and Humko Deewana Kar Gaye.

His last directorial venture, Sadiyaan, was meant to launch Shatrughan Sinha's son Luv as an actor. It didn't take off though. He had also written a film called Mad and was planning to make it this year. It remains an unfulfilled dream.

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