Raj Kumar Kapoor who directed 1988's hit TV show Fauji starring Shah Rukh Khan, passed away on Wednesday night, in Delhi. The director was 87. The news was confirmed by his daughter Ritambhara. She told IANS, "My father died at 10.10 p.m. yesterday. He was in a hospital for sometime, but his death was very sudden. He was otherwise in good health... He went quite peacefully."
Informing the news of his sad demise, his son wrote on Facebook , "This is to inform you that our beloved Dad, Raj Kumar Kapoor (Colonel), has left his earthly body to go on a brand new adventure." Reportedly, the cremation took place at Lodhi Crematorium, Delhi at 3:30 pm, yesterday.
The creator of FAUJI serial on Doordarshan, Raj Kumar Kapoor (Colonel), has left his earthly body to go on a brand new adventure. The cremation will take place at the Lodhi Road Crematorium at 3.30 pm today. Shraddhanjali. pic.twitter.com/qc1rxLUv7h— Fauji Magazine (@faujimagazine) April 11, 2019
Shah Rukh Khan made his debut with late Raj Kumar Kapoor's Fauji. The director gave him a platform and the show was a huge success. Fauji's first episode aired in 1988. The show was about commandos joining the army training school. In the book, SRK 25 Years Of A Life by Samar Khan and Sonali Kokra, late Colonel Kapoor gave an anecdote about Shah Rukh Khan, calling him a "hard working guy." In an interview in the book, Raj Kumar Kapoor remembered SRK from the sets of the serial and said, "I still remember the sleek boy from Delhi's Gautam Nagar, who had come to my place. I loved his confidence and called him for an audition. He arrived with the other boys for the audition. Because the show was about Commandos, I made everyone run with me." May his soul rest in peace.
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