Kothari had worked on movies like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Ghayal, Zubeidaa and the more recent one, Tukaram
Ace cameraperson Rajen Kothari, also head of Cinematography at Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International film school, died in Mumbai on Wednesday (September 26) due to cardiac arrest. He was 60. People from Bollywood and the media associated with Kothari tweeted condolence messages, including Ghai and Shabana Azmi.
@SubhashGhai1: “Rajen Kothari Great Guru in cinematography@ whistlinwoods was cinematographer with prakash jha and sham benegal brought their films alive.”
@meghnaghaipuri : “Rajen Kothari’s funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 8am at Pavan Hans, Vile Parle.”
@AzmiShabana: Cinematographer Rajen Kothari no more- too young to go.an excellent DOP and a fine man.We did Godmother 2gether. Condolences to the family
@Bhawana Somaaya (Film critic and editor): “Rajen Kothari, cinematographer of innumerable films like Zubeida with Shyam Benegal dies of cardiac arrest. Kothari was only 60.”
@IIFAOfficial: “IIFA mourns the demise of veteran Cinematographer Rajen Kothari. He worked in films like Ghayal, Zubeida & was teacher at Whistling Woods.”
@VIVECKVASWANI: RIP old friend and DoP Rajen Kothari! You made Ghayal glisten!
@pitobash: RIP Rajen Kothari! A great soul & wonderful Cinematographer..Great loss of Indian Cinema..Will miss u Sir..U will always live in our heart!
@DhoopAshwini: RIP Rajen Kothari one of the finest DOPs n humblest human beings of our times. You will be missed Rajen Da.
@rahulpuri (Executive Director, Mukta Arts Limited and Whistling Woods): “#Rajen Kothari’s funeral will be tomorrow morning at 8am at Pavan Hans, Vile Parle. #RIP”
@VidurChaturvedi (Filmmaker): “Saddened to hear about death of Rajen Kothari, DOP of films like Damul, Hip Hip Hurray, Pestonjee, Dacait, Ghayal, Ghatak, Zubeidaa & Bose. I had honour to meet Shri Rajen Kothari several times. His son Pratik Kothari is my student. My sympathies & condolences to the family.”
@Whistling_Woods: Heartbroken to confirm Rajen Kothari, beloved Cinematography faculty member, passed away today from a cardiac arrest.
Trained at the Film and Television Institute of India, Kothari had worked for a lot of Shyam Benegal films, including Zubeidaa, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero, Well Done Abba!, Hari-Bhari: Fertility and Welcome to Sajjanpur. His other notable films include Rajkumar Santoshi’s Ghayal, international film, The Memsahib, and Godmother, Damul, Hip Hip Hurray, Soch, Dil Kya Kare and Dahek. His last film was the recent much acclaimed Marathi release Tukaram.
May his soul rest in peace.
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