The ‘Karz’ famed actor Raj Kiran, who went missing from the tinsel ville all these years, was recently traced by friend and co-worker Rishi Kapoor in a mental asylum in Atlanta.
Raj Kiran, known for playing the previous incarnation of the character of Rishi Kapoor in director Subhash Ghai’s film Karz, or who strummed the guitar and with limpid eye expressions crooned the soothing and thought-provoking song “Tum itna jo muskura rahi ho, kya gham hai jisko chhupa rahi ho” in director Mahesh Bhatt’s Arth, has been missing for about a decade now.
Since Raj Kiran has been missing for such a long time, it’s hard to piece together the reasons for his mental decline, but reports suggest the actor is suffering from mental depression, as his near and dear ones including his wife and son had abandoned him.
Last, he was seen driving a cab. After that he just disappeared for many years altogether, and was even presumed dead, but his colleagues Rishi Kapoor and Deepti Naval did not lose hope.
A few weeks back, Naval even posted on her Facebook page: “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 . . .”
But it was Rishi Kapoor who showed remarkable gumption on his trip to the US and traced one of Raj Kiran’s brothers and got to know about the actor’s whereabouts. Rishi says he would visit Raj Kiran in Atlanta soon and will try to bring him back to Mumbai so that he can restart his acting career and have a normal life again. Many folks from the film industry hope the same.