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    Bollywood celebrities expressed sorrow over the death of “Gentleman”, “humble” and “ever smiling Director Raj Kanwar, who died Friday in Singapore after suffering a kidney ailment.

    Raj Kanwar, one of the most successful filmmakers of the 1990s, passed away in Singapore on Friday. He was 50. He gave Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta their big screen breaks and paired Aishwarya Rai with Abhishek Bachchan for the first time in Dhai Akshar Prem Ke.

    Bollywood took to twitter to express their condolences:

    "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," Shahrukh Khan tweeted.

    Priyanka Chopra: 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.

    Abhishek Bachchan: Terribly saddened by the passing of Raj Kanwar. Was the 1st person to sign me after ‘Refugee’. He made Aishwarya and my 1st film together. ‘Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke’. Was a lovely man, always happy, smiling and joking. Have wonderful, wonderful memories of him. Now no more. Thank you so much Rajji for the memories. I will miss you.

    Madhur Bhandarkar: Sad to hear about director Raj Kanwar’s demise. RIP

    Lara Dutta: R.I.P. Rajji. Friend, director and guide. Bid goodbye with a very heavy heart!. We lost a kind, gentle, positive man.

    Arjun Rampal: Just heard the saddest news of Mr. Raj Kanwar’s demise, had the opportunity of interacting with him. Pray for his soul and strength to family.

    Akshay Kumar: 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’ & ‘Humko Deewana Kar Gaye’. My thoughts & prayers with his family. RIP.

    Anubhav Sinha: Just heard of the demise of a Bollywood director. Someone please deny.

    Shreya Ghoshal: Just saw tweets abt Raj Kanwarji’s untimely demise… R.I.P. Had worked with him only once. He was such a gentle, humble man. Saddened.

    Shaan: Just yesterday heard of Anil Mohile succumbing to heart failure… And now Raj Kanwar is no more… both such warm, humble, talented greats..

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