RIP Raj Kaushal: The commercial filmmaker who also gave us Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi

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Advertising filmmaker Raj Kaushal, who has also directed three films including Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi, has died at the age of 49. Married to actor Mandira Bedi, Raj died of heart attack at his Mumbai residence Wednesday morning. He is survived by Mandira and the children Vir and Tara.

He started out as a copywriter, but continued to produce, write and direct films. He has also directed hundreds of commercials in over two decades of his career. Raj helped directors such as Mukul S Anand and Subhash Ghai in the beginning, but soon established his own production house. He has done commercials for major brands such as Birla Plus, Nestlé, Surf and Hero Honda.

Here we are looking at the work of Raj Kaushal.

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Pyaar Mein Kabhie Kabhie (1999)

Children of the 90s remember this as a movie with memorable music and that flagship song – Musu Musu Haasi. Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi was Raj’s first director and starred Rinke Khanna, Dino Morea and Sanjay Suri. The film was groundbreaking for Bollywood, as it featured 300 debutants in the cast and crew, a first in Indian cinema. While Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi failed to stand out at the box office, the album continues to be loved even today.

Shaadi Ka Laddoo (2004)

shaadi ka laddoo, raj kaushal Shaadi Ka Laddoo’s team during the audio release. (Photo: Express Archives)

Raj Kaushal directed his upcoming Shaadi Ka Laddoo, which starred Sanjay Suri, Ashish Choudhary, Mandira Bedi and Divya Dutta in the lead roles. It dealt with the complication of love and marriage and was quite a forgettable project. However, the film is still known for its promotional song “Chal Hatt” with Negar Khan.

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My Brother … Nikhil (2005)

my brother nikhil, raj kaushal Sanjay Suri and Juhi Chawla during the filming of My Brother Nikhil. (Photo: Express Archives)

One of the first Indian films to talk about AIDS, My Brother… Nikhil was based on the life of activist Dominic d’Souza. Raj Kaushal produced the film for director friend Onir. While Sanjay Suri played the lead role, Juhi Chawla played the role of his supporting sister. The film was highly regarded around the world and Juhi even won the Zee Best Actress Critic Award for her performance.

Anthony Kaun Hai (2006)

raj kaushal, anthony kaun hai? Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Dutt in Anthony Kaun Hai? (Photo: Express)

Located in Bangkok, Anthony Kaun Hai made Sanjay Dutt Master Madan, an underworld killer, take Anthony Gonsalves (Arshad Warsi) hostage. However, he is in shock when he realizes that he is not the Anthony he was looking for. Along with an action-packed drama, the movie also had some fun elements to it. Fans were also treated to Sanjay driving the sleek Ferrari 360 in the film. Anthony Kaun Hai is the latest film directed by Raj Kaushal.



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