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Acting guru Roshan Taneja dead at 87

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Roshan Taneja, who trained scores of film actors including the likes of Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Jaya Bachchan, and Shatrughan Sinha, has died, said a family member. He was 87.

"My father passed away last night (Friday) at 9.30 p.m. in his sleep at home after a prolonged illness," the acting guru's son told IANS on Saturday morning.

He is survived by his wife Rohit and Rahul.

The cremation will be held at 4.30 p.m. on Saturday at the electric crematorium in Santacruz West.

Roshan Taneja, known to many as the 'pioneer of method acting' in India, is held in high regard in the film industry. He had been training talent since the 1960s, first at the (FTII) in Pune and later at his private school in Mumbai, the School of Acting.

Shabana paid condolences to the Taneja family, and tweeted: "Late last night came the sad news that 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."

wrote: "A very sad day for me. My guru expired yesterday. I owe my career to him. Rest in peace."

National Award-winning filmmaker Atanu Ghosh tweeted: "With him, ended an illustrious era spanning more than five decades. The greatest of method acting we ever had. The revered guru to no less than four generations of brilliant actors. Rest in peace sir."

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 09:38 IST
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