Actress Mandira Bedi's husband, filmmaker Raj Kaushal's sudden demise on Wednesday morning left the industry in shock. Kaushal, who was in his 50s, reportedly succumbed to a heart attack.
In a recent interview, the late filmmaker's close friend, singer Sulaiman Merchant revealed that Raj had taken an antacid tablet on Tuesday evening after "feeling uneasy".
The singer told ETimes, "Raj told Mandira that he was getting a heart attack. Mandira acted swiftly and called Ashish Chaudhary,"
He shared that Mandira and Ashish drove off to Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital, however, Raj had lost consciousness and had no pulse.
"Before they reached the doctor, it was too late," he said.
Sulaiman also revealed that Raj Kaushal had suffered a heart attack a few years ago and had been taking a lot of care since then.
The singer said that he's shocked at the demise of his friend of 25 years and is yet to come to terms with the news.
Kaushal is survived by his wife Mandira Bedi and two children, son Vir and daughter Tara.
His funeral in Bandra on Wednesday morning was attended by his friends from the industry including Huma Qureshi, Apurva Agnihotri, Samir Soni, Dino Morea, Ronit Roy and Ashish Chaudhary among others. His last rites were held at Shivaji Park crematorium, Dadar.
Several friends and industry colleagues took to social media on Wednesday to mourn his demise.
"Gentle soul", "dear friend", "too young to be gone" is how several film personalities, including Arshad Warsi, Neha Dhupia, Onir and Hansal Mehta, remembered the filmmaker.
Raj Kaushal had helmed projects like 'Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi' and 'Shaadi Ke Laddoo'. He also produced Onir's acclaimed drama 'My Brother... Nikhil'.