Actress and fitness enthusiast Mandira Bedi's husband and filmmaker Raj Kaushal passed away early Wednesday morning following a heart attack, family friend and actor Rohit Roy said. He was in his 50s.
Bedi, who was married to Kaushal for more than two decades has a 9-year-old son Vir and a recently adopted daughter Tara.
"He passed away today morning, at around 4.30 am at his home. He had a heart attack," Roy told PTI.
Scores of celebs poured in heartfelt condolences on Raj's demise.
Apart from direction, Kaushal had also produced filmmaker Onir's 2005 acclaimed drama "My Brother. Nikhil", starring Sanjay Suri and Juhi Chawla.
Onir took to Twitter and wrote, “Gone too soon. We lost Film maker and Producer @rajkaushal1 this morning. Very Sad. He was one of the producers of my first film #MyBrotherNikhil. One of those few who believed in our vision and supported us. Prayers for his soul.”
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit wrote, "Shocked to hear about the sad demise of our colleague #RajKaushal an ace filmmaker due to massive heart attack this morning. Our heartfelt condolences to his wife @mandybedi for this huge tragedy. We stand by you & your entire family in this hour of crisis."
In his career, Raj directed three films "Pyaar Mein Kabhie Kabhie", "Shaadi Ka Ladoo" and "Anthony Kaun Hai". He started his advertising production company and successfully directed more than 800 commercials. Kaushal's last directorial was the 2006 thriller, "Anthony Kaun Hai?", starring Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Dutt.