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Rishi to help Raj Kiran return to B-town

PTI   June 03, 2011
First Published: 18:14 IST(3/6/2011) | Last Updated: 02:07 IST(4/6/2011)

Rishi Kapoor, who traced his missing Karz co-star Raj Kiran to a mental asylum in the US, now plans to help the actor make his Bollywood comeback. Kapoor located his colleague, who went missing in the US a decade ago, in a mental institution in Atlanta. “I plan to visit the US again to meet Kiran and urge him to come back. I will help re-establish him and I am sure he will get work,” said Kapoor.

The search for the missing actor, who starred in critically acclaimed films like Arth and Kaagaz Ki Nao, began when his Hip Hip Hurray co-star Deepti Naval wrote a Facebook post about him. “I am relieved that he is well enough to work and is receiving treatment after his wife and children left him. I hope to reach him soon,” said Naval.

The news created a stir in filmi and non-filmi quarters. Shah Rukh Khan was quoted as saying that he was “shocked beyond words” to hear about Kiran’s condition. Also, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj wrote on Twitter: “It is a matter of great satisfaction that actor Raj Kiran has been traced after 10 long years. Unfortunately, he is in a mental asylum in America.” The actor’s family, including his two brothers, wife and son, had reportedly disowned him after he started suffering from acute depression and mood-swings.

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