Acting Guru Roshan Taneja passes away; B-town offers condolences
Renowned acting guru Roshan Taneja, who trained the likes of Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Anil Kapoor and several others, breathed his last on Friday. He was 87. Taneja is the founder and former Head of the Acting Department at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. He is credited to be the pioneer of Method Acting in India.
Confirming the news of his death his son, Rohit Taneja told IANS, “My father passed away last night (Friday) at 9.30 p.m. in his sleep at home after a prolonged illness.” Reportedly his funeral will be held today evening at Santacruz.
Taneja not only taught at FTII, but also trained budding talents in his private acting school- ‘Roshan Taneja School of Acting’. The alumni of his school are top actors like Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Karisma Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Naseeruddin Shah, Gulshan Grover and several others.
Several B-town stars took to their social media handles to pay condolences to their acting guru.
Veteran actress Shabana Azmi wrote, “I was privileged to be trained in Acting by him. My deepest condolences to his family. RIP Taneja Sir”
Late last night came the sad news that @RoshanTaneja passed away.He was my Guru at FTII and the only person whos feet I touched.I was privileged to be trained in Acting by https://t.co/TDtYgGxmLh deepest condolences to Didi and the family. RIP Taneja Sir
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) May 11, 2019
Rakesh Bedi said he owes his career to his acting guru. Bedi shared the following picture with Taneja
A very sad day for me. My guru Shri Roshan Taneja expired yesterday. I owe my career to him. RIP pic.twitter.com/XpdCLpR367
— rakesh bedi (@bolbedibol) May 11, 2019
Vindu Dara Singh shared the following post
Our Guru Roshan Taneja passed away. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace. He was an excellent teacher who taught for the love of acting and made us all feel like family #RipRoshanTaneja ji
— Vindu Dara Singh (@RealVinduSingh) May 11, 2019
We extend our heartfelt condolences Mr.Taneja’s family and friends.