Tragic Life: Raj Kiran is missing for 17 years now

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It is impossible to judge a celebrity’s life from what he chooses to broadcast to the world at large.

Beneath the perky personalities and sunny smiles, they maybe hurting, and you may never know.

Today we explore the tragic life of Raj Kiran, who, has been missing for over 17 years now.

Earlier, we have covered the tragic life of Meena KumariVinod MehraParveen Babi, Kishor Kumar, and Kader Khan.

(Images: Screen-grabs from films)

Raj Kiran became mainstream and immensely popular after starring in Subash Ghai's 1980 movie based on revenge and reincarnation, <em>Karz</em>. He looked handsome as Ravi Verma and gave the brief role assigned to him, his best. Though Rishi Kapoor as Monty, was the solo hero, admirers of <em>Karz </em>don't deny Raj Kiran his share of acknowledgement.
Tragic life of Raj Kiran
Raj Kiran became mainstream and immensely popular after starring in Subash Ghai's 1980 movie based on revenge and reincarnation, Karz. He looked handsome as Ravi Verma and gave the brief role assigned to him, his best. Though Rishi Kapoor as Monty, was the solo hero, admirers of Karz don't deny Raj Kiran his share of acknowledgement.
Its not that the star was new to the industry and was introduced by the Subhah Ghai directorial. After debuting with B. R. Ishara's<em> Kagaz Ki Nao </em>in 1975, Kiran had been in the industry for five years before the release of <em>Karz</em>, and had enlisted many remarkable performances against his name.
Tragic life of Raj Kiran
Its not that the star was new to the industry and was introduced by the Subhah Ghai directorial. After debuting with B. R. Ishara's Kagaz Ki Nao in 1975, Kiran had been in the industry for five years before the release of Karz, and had enlisted many remarkable performances against his name.
Raj was from a non-filmy Sindhi Family in Mumbai, and had reached the crest of his career in the 80s with around 40 films under his belt, including those which were commercially successful and those that received critical acclamation. Some of his remarkable works include <em>Maan Abhiman, Bezuban, Ghar Ek Mandir, Ghar Ho To Aisa</em>, and <em>Arth</em>.
Tragic life of Raj Kiran
Raj was from a non-filmy Sindhi Family in Mumbai, and had reached the crest of his career in the 80s with around 40 films under his belt, including those which were commercially successful and those that received critical acclamation. Some of his remarkable works include Maan Abhiman, Bezuban, Ghar Ek Mandir, Ghar Ho To Aisa, and Arth.
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Everything seems to be playing out perfectly in his career - then why do we call his life a tragic one? Reason is, though he had seen some of the greatest peaks in his professional life through the 70s and 80s, the 90s were pretty unkind to him. His career started its downward spiral into a dark abyss right from the start of the 90s. A barrage of youngsters were debuting and the "Raj Kirans" of the industry were fading out in the background.
Tragic life of Raj Kiran
Everything seems to be playing out perfectly in his career - then why do we call his life a tragic one? Reason is, though he had seen some of the greatest peaks in his professional life through the 70s and 80s, the 90s were pretty unkind to him. His career started its downward spiral into a dark abyss right from the start of the 90s. A barrage of youngsters were debuting and the "Raj Kirans" of the industry were fading out in the background.
Film offers reduced significantly during this time for the actor. Won't be totally incorrect if we say he was not seen in any noteworthy film playing a pivotal role in this period. He then made a move toward the small screen. In 1994, he starred in Shekar Suman's show, <em>Reporter</em>. He was also seen in a few episodes of <em>Aahat </em>and <em>Aakhir Kaun</em> in the mid 90s in minuscule roles.
Tragic life of Raj Kiran
Film offers reduced significantly during this time for the actor. Won't be totally incorrect if we say he was not seen in any noteworthy film playing a pivotal role in this period. He then made a move toward the small screen. In 1994, he starred in Shekar Suman's show, Reporter. He was also seen in a few episodes of Aahat and Aakhir Kaun in the mid 90s in minuscule roles.
Drying up opportunities took a serious toll on his mental health and he gave in to depression. As per some reports, his wife with son abandoned him at some point, and the emotional shock drained him mentally deteriorating his condition. He was admitted to Byculla Mental asylum in Mumbai temporarily. This incident was followed by his absolute seclusion from the industry.
Tragic life of Raj Kiran
Drying up opportunities took a serious toll on his mental health and he gave in to depression. As per some reports, his wife with son abandoned him at some point, and the emotional shock drained him mentally deteriorating his condition. He was admitted to Byculla Mental asylum in Mumbai temporarily. This incident was followed by his absolute seclusion from the industry.
But he had made friends in the industry who wished him well and were unsettled by his sudden disappearance. One such friend was Deepti Naval who voiced out her concern for the missing actor in a long Facebook post that read <em>"Looking for a friend from the film world his name is Raj Kiran - we have no news of him - last heard he was driving a cab in NY city if anyone has any clue, please tell . . .".</em>
Tragic life of Raj Kiran
But he had made friends in the industry who wished him well and were unsettled by his sudden disappearance. One such friend was Deepti Naval who voiced out her concern for the missing actor in a long Facebook post that read "Looking for a friend from the film world his name is Raj Kiran - we have no news of him - last heard he was driving a cab in NY city if anyone has any clue, please tell . . .".
So we got to know that the successful actor of the 80s was earning a living by driving cabs in the US. That wouldn't have been an issue if we had confirmation on his well-being regardless of the profession he had picked for him, given it was honest and lawful. The situation took a whole new turn when fans in India learnt that the actor was receiving treatment in a US hospital and suddenly went missing.
Tragic life of Raj Kiran
So we got to know that the successful actor of the 80s was earning a living by driving cabs in the US. That wouldn't have been an issue if we had confirmation on his well-being regardless of the profession he had picked for him, given it was honest and lawful. The situation took a whole new turn when fans in India learnt that the actor was receiving treatment in a US hospital and suddenly went missing.
Rishi Kapoor, who was an acquaintance since their <em>Karz </em>days<em>, </em>wanted to check on the veracity of this rumor. During a US trip in June 2011, Kapoor contacted Raj Kiran's brother Govind Mahtani, and was given an impression that Kiran was being treated for mental illness in an asylum in Atlanta. The brother refused to provide any additional information to Rishi Kapoor. Back home, the actor shared this news with media houses and this story reached all corners of India and abroad.
Tragic life of Raj Kiran
Rishi Kapoor, who was an acquaintance since their Karz days, wanted to check on the veracity of this rumor. During a US trip in June 2011, Kapoor contacted Raj Kiran's brother Govind Mahtani, and was given an impression that Kiran was being treated for mental illness in an asylum in Atlanta. The brother refused to provide any additional information to Rishi Kapoor. Back home, the actor shared this news with media houses and this story reached all corners of India and abroad.
But, Raj Kiran's daughter Rishika refuted all the claims made by senior actor Rishi Kapoor. The news of Raj Kiran being admitted in some Altanta hospital, if we believe Rishika, are false. She issued a public statement saying Kiran had been missing since 8 years (in 2011), and they were still looking for him with the assistance of New York police and detectives. Till date we are clueless on the whereabouts of this talented actor, who has gone missing for around 17 years now.
Tragic life of Raj Kiran
But, Raj Kiran's daughter Rishika refuted all the claims made by senior actor Rishi Kapoor. The news of Raj Kiran being admitted in some Altanta hospital, if we believe Rishika, are false. She issued a public statement saying Kiran had been missing since 8 years (in 2011), and they were still looking for him with the assistance of New York police and detectives. Till date we are clueless on the whereabouts of this talented actor, who has gone missing for around 17 years now.

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