Mumbai: Bollywood director Raj Kanwar, who launched actors Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra, passed away on Friday due to kidney ailment in Singapore.

The 50-year-old director-producer made memorable films like "Deewana", "Laadla", "Jeet", "Daag: The Fire", "Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke" and "Andaaz". His last film was "Saadiyaan" in 2010, which launched Shatrughan Sinha's son Luv.

Shahrukh, who started his career with Kanwar's 1992 film "Deewana" led the tribute to the director on Twitter.

"My friend Raj Kanwarji passed away. The impermanence of life, makes one feel so helpless. May his soul rest in peace. Aisi Deewangi...miss u sir," SRK, who made his debut with "Deewana", wrote on twitter.

"I got to know that he was in Singapore for a kidney transplant..he was undergoing treatment for kidney ailment there," director Anubhav Sinha said.

Actress Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta, who made their debut with 2003 film "Andaaz" opposite Akshay Kumar, also paid tribute to the director.

"Saddens me so much, my first director Raj Kanwar passed away..RIP Rajji..You believed in me when even I didn't. Andaaz taught me everything I know," Priyanka tweeted.

"RIP Raj ji. Friend, director and guide. Bid goodbye with a very heavy heart! We lost a kind, gentle, positive man," Lara wrote.

"Deeply saddened to know, Raj Kanwar, one of our finest directors passed away. He'd directed two of my personal favourite films of my career, Andaaz & Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye. My thoughts & prayers with his family. RIP," actor Akshay Kumar said.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said, "Sad to hear about director Raj Kanwar's demise. RIP."

"Terribly saddened by the passing of Raj Kanwar. Was the first person to sign me after Refuggee. He made Aishwarya and my 1st film together. Dhai Akshar Prem Ke. Was a lovely man, always happy, smiling and joking. Have wonderful memories of him. Now no more. Thank you so much Raj ji for the memories. I will miss you," actor Abhishek Bachchan said.

"Just heard the saddest news of Raj Kanwar's demise, had the opportunity of interacting with him. Pray for his soul and strength to family," Arjun Rampal said.