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Raj Kumar Barjatya, fondly known as Raj Babu in the industry passed away this past week on Thursday, 21st February, due to a cardiac arrest at Sir HN Reliance foundation. Raj Babu has given us iconic films like Chitchor (1976), Saaransh (1983) and Maine Pyar Kiya” (1989), “Hum Aapke Hain Koun”(1994), “Hum Saath-Saath Hain”(1999), “Vivaah” (2006) and “Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo” (2015)  His last film as a producer was released just a week ago in HUM CHAAR.

He was in a way a pioneer in the Indian Film Industry. Not many others have been able to give people blockbuster films which centre around the Indian joint family system as he has with his banner Rajshri Productions. He was a man who loved telling good stories and loved cinema in general. To him, everything was about films. He has touched so many lives through his films and continued to do so with every film that he produced.

Ever so humble and down to earth, his life centred around films. He just had this natural inclination of knowing the right kinds of films to do. He could even point out the flaws in a film due to which it may not have worked. He knew what the audiences wanted and gave them that. He knew exactly the things to do in films to make the films more relatable to the audiences.

He made simple yet effective films which worked great at the box offices. People and even distributors counted on him to constantly deliver high-quality family entertainment through his films that provided wholesome family entertainment and shed a positive light on the Indian family culture.

He was kind, funny and truly an amazing person who truly gave it all and did incredible things for the industry. He has taught us all so many things and has left a benchmark for all of us in the family drama entertainment genre. He gave us some all time classics and now that he has passed away, we will all remember him for his kind and gentle soul with a heart that truly loved Cinema and gave it all for his love for films. He will always be remembered and loved. May his soul rests in peace and hope he is in a better place filled with joy and laughter, just like his films.

By – Amul Vikas Mohan

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