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Film Industry Mourns Demise Of Director Raj Kaushal

The sudden demise of filmmaker Raj Kaushal, who was also actor Mandira Bedi's husband, has saddened Bollywood.

MUMBAI, India — Film director Raj Kumar passed away due to a heart attack in Mumbai on June 30. 

Close friends, family, and members of the film and TV industry mourned the demise of the filmmaker, who was also actress Mandira Bedi’s husband. 

“I don’t know what to say. No words nor lines can express how devastating this news has been. One of the nicest guys with a heart of gold is now lighting up the heavens,” said actor R Madhavan in a tweet reacting to the devastating news. “Farewell, my bro @rajkaushal. Our world just got very, very small.” 

Neha Dhupia and her husband Angad Bedi, who met Raj Kaushal and Mandira at their home for dinner on June 27, too, expressed their grief.

“Looks like the universe chose us to be with you at your last supper, my friend. It was a pleasure to have worked with you and also spent time in your lovely company. I would like to remember you as a man who helped everyone who needed you,” said Bedi on Instagram.

“Always there for your family and friends spreading your infectious smile. So long, my friend, you left us with only happy memories.” Dhupia shared a picture from the dinner party with Kaushal and his family recently. In the image, we can see the actors happily posing for the camera with Kaushal. Former cricketer, Zaheer Khan and his wife Sagarika Ghatge, were also in the photograph.

“We took this picture to create more and more memories… can’t believe you aren’t with us anymore … Mandira, my strong, strong girl, I am at a loss for words. My heart belongs to Vir and Tara. I’m shaken up and in shock and disbelief as I write this, RIP Raj,” said Dhupia on Instagram.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher is “deeply saddened and shocked,”

“A friend, a filmmaker, and a very positive man. Have some great memories of working with him and spending time with him a few years back,” said Kher in a tweet.

Singer Shreya Ghoshal described Kaushal as “full of life.”

“Devastated by the news of # RajKaushal’s demise. Very unfair. He was so full of life and loved by all. May God give peace to his departed soul. And strength to @mandybedi and family,” said Ghoshal in a tweet.

 Raj Kaushal had helmed projects like “Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi” and “Shaadi Ke Laddoo.” 

Singer-composer Vishal Dadlani, who worked with him on “Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi,” penned an emotional note on his Instagram account. 

“The first person to trust me with making music for a film, @rajkaushal created so many careers with his first movie, #PyaarMeinKabhiKabhi. Over and above that, he was a friend who always stood with his friends,” said Dadlani on Instagram. “@mandirabedi, I don’t know what to say or feel or think. I can’t even imagine what you and the kids are going through. Just sending love and strength.”

“I’m deeply saddened by the demise of #RajKaushal, sir,” said singer Armaan Malik in a tweet. “He was such a warm person. I remember bumping into him on my first music video shoot sets, and he was so encouraging and supportive. My heart is heavy. May his soul rest in peace.”

Bedi performed the last rites of Raj Kaushal in Mumbai. Kaushal was 49 when he breathed his last on the morning of June 30. He is survived by his wife Mandira, son Vir and daughter Tara. Actors Ashish Chowdhry, Ronit Roy, Dino Morea, and other celebrities were present at the filmmaker’s funeral.

(With inputs from ANI)

(Edited by Anindita Ghosh and Ojaswin Kathuria)

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