Raj Kanwar (28 June 1961 – 3 February 2012) was an Indian film director, writer and film producer of Hindi films based in Mumbai, India.

Raj Kanwar
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Born(1961-06-28)28 June 1961
Died3 February 2012(2012-02-03) (aged 50)
OccupationDirector, producer and screenwriter
Spouse(s)Anita Kanwar
ChildrenKaran Raj Kanwar
Abhay Raj Kanwar
RelativesK. Pappu (brother)

Family and personal lifeEdit

He was educated in Col. Brown Cambridge School in Dehradun.

He has two sons (with his wife Anita Kanwar), Karan Raj Kanwar and Abhay Kanwar, both of whom have worked as film directors and producers. Filmmaker K. Pappu is his elder brother.

On 3 February 2012, he died due to a kidney ailment in Singapore.


Kanwar began his career directing plays in Delhi. He then moved to Mumbai where he worked as an assistant to directors like Shekhar Kapur and Raj Kumar Santoshi. His directorial debut was Deewana. Released in 1992, the film was a box office Blockbuster and marked the screen debut of Shahrukh Khan. He directed several other box office hits like Laadla (1994), Jaan (1996), Jeet (1996), Judaai (1997), Daag: The Fire (1999) and Badal (2000). Kanwar went on to discover actors like Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra whom he cast in his film Andaaz in 2003.[1] His last film was Sadiyaan (2010). Anurag Singh was an Chief Assistant with him for most of films. Most of his films lead characters are named Karan and Kajal.





Assistant directorEdit


  1. ^ "What made Raj Kanwar A Director To Reckon With". Rediff. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.



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