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Actor Raj Kiran in psychiatric institution

After years of searching for his Karz co-star Raj Kiran, Rishi Kapoor has finally found him in Atlanta recuperating in a psychiatric institution. The actor was not only deserted by his wife but also his entire family.

entertainment Updated: Jul 12, 2011 18:13 IST

After years of searching for his Karz co-star Raj Kiran, Rishi Kapoor has finally found him in Atlanta recuperating in a psychiatric hospital. The actor was not only deserted by his wife but also his entire family.



The actor who is best remembered for his role in Subhash Ghai's Karz (she played Rishi Kapoor's pre-incarnation character), went missing at the peak of his career in 1970s and 80s. Many of his friends even believed he was dead, reports Mumbai Mirror.



Rishi Kapoor however refused to believe his death rumours and decided to launch a search for his missing friend. On his recent trip to US, Rishi KapoorRishi Kapoor succeded in finding Raj Kiran alive, but in a psychiatric institution in Atlanta.



Rishi Kapoor told Mumbai Mirror, "I've been wondering where Raj had disappeared. The question was haunting me for a very long time. Then these rumours of Raj being no more began doing the rounds. I was really disturbed. How can a colleague with whom I shared some really good times, just vanish from the face of earth? I decided to look up Raj's elder brother Govind Mehtani to find out about Raj."



It was a moment of happiness as well as shock for Rishi Kapoor when Raj's brother decided to spill the truth. "I was so relieved when Govind told me Raj was alive. But he was confined to an institution in Atlanta due to health problems."



Raj Kiran had to pay for his own treatment by working in the institution as he was left unsupported by his family after his wife left him abruptly.



Says Rishi, "Yes, apparently, he looks after his own treatment by working within the institution. It's a heart-rending situation for an actor who was so successful at one time. But I'm just happy to know he's alive. Raj was very well read and clever with his repartees. I used to enjoy our sparring sessions when we worked together. Though he's younger to me, we always got along really well. I miss him."



Raj Kiran has worked in films like B R Ishaara's Kaagaz Ki Nao, Ghar Ho To Aisa with Anil Kapoor, Meenakshi Sheshadri and Deepti Naval and Kaaran apart from Subhash Ghai’s hit Karz and Mahesh Bhatt's critically acclaimed Arth in the 1980s.