Veteran acting coach Roshan Taneja passed away Friday night after a prolonged illness. He was 87.
According to family sources, Taneja passed away at his residence in his sleep, "peacefully." He was suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Taneja was the former head of the acting department at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune. He later started his own 'Roshan Taneja School of Acting' in Mumbai.
He trained actors like Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukerji, Mithun Chakraborty, Govinda, Manisha Koirala, among others.
Azmi took to Twitter to pay homage to her teacher.
"Late last night came the sad news that @RoshanTaneja passed away.He was my Guru at FTII and the only person whose feet I touched. I was privileged to be trained in Acting by him. Deepest condolences to Didi and the family. RIP Taneja Sir," she wrote.
Anil Kapoor wrote, “I will forever be grateful & indebted to #RoshanTaneja for his teachings & guidance. I was extremely fortunate to have trained under him... My prayers & condolences to the family.”
Simi Garewal wrote, "#RoshanTaneja directed me in a film with Jaya Bachchan (Bhaduri), Danny called 'Abhi to Jee Lein'. He was loved by his students - aspiring actors. Am sorry to hear he is no more."
Anupam Kher tweeted, “Deeply saddened to know about the sad demise of a great #ActingGuru #RoshanTaneja ji. He was one of the finest acting teachers of our country. Trained some of the finest actors at @FTIIOfficial and at his academy. Will miss him. Om Shanti.”
Rakesh Bedi also remembered Taneja and said he owed his career to the acting guru, "A very sad day for me. My guru Shri Roshan Taneja expired yesterday. I owe my career to him. RIP," he wrote alongside a picture of him with Taneja.
Taneja's cremation was held on Saturday, in Santacruz. Govinda and Anil Kapoor were seen at the crematorium.
(With inputs from PTI)
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