New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Feb 21: He was the man who made Salman Khan a formidable Bollywood star and a super-star. With the demise of Rajkumar Barjatya, an era in Bollywood comes to an end.
He is also best known as the man who made Salman Khan a super-star.
Raj Kumar Barjatya was the father of filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya and producer of films such as "Hum Aapke Hain Koun", "Hum Saath-Saath Hain" and "Vivaah", passed away on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The 75-year-old breathed his last at Sir H. N Reliance Foundation, an official from Rajshri productions told PTI.
The official Twitter of the banner also confirmed the death of Raj Kumar Barjatya.
"It is with profound grief that we mourn the loss of Raj Kumar Barjatya, father of Sooraj Barjatya. May his soul Rest In Peace," read the tweet from the banner.
Raj Kumar Barjatya is survived by his wife Sudha Barjatya and son Sooraj Barjatya. He worked in the industry as a producer and mostly backed films which were directed by his son Sooraj.
The banner was founded by Raj Kumar Barjatya's father Tarachand Barjatya. The production house has backed many critically-acclaimed films such as "Dosti", "Tapasya", "Saaransh" and others.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who owes his big Bollywood break, Saaransh, to Rajshri productions also tweeted his condolence, "Deeply saddened to know about the demise of Raj Kumar Barjatya ji. Had known him since my first film Saaransh. Most humble and amazingly knowledgeable human being. Had a childlike curiosity. I loved speaking to him for hours about goodness. He practiced it. Will miss him. #OmShanti."
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh was among the first from the film industry to post a condolence message for the Barjatya family on social media. He wrote: "Shocked and saddened to learn of Rajkumar Barjatya ji's demise... Raj Babu - as he was affectionately called - was an extremely soft-spoken person... Heartfelt condolences to Sooraj, the Barjatya family and #Rajshri parivaar."