Roshan Taneja was one of the first acting trainers in India, who trained method acting to actors. He died on Friday night in his sleep. He used to teach acting at FTII Pune and later opened his acting school in Mumbai and trained many big names associated with Hindi & Punjabi Cinema.
Many big names like Shatrughan Sinha, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny, Subhash Ghai, Om Puri, Shakti Kapoor, etc learned the art of act from him during their Pune Insitute days. While Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Govinda, Poonam Dhillon, Gulshan Grover, Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Ajay Devgan, Bobby Deol, Saif Ali Khan, Manisha Koirala, Pooja Bhatt, Karishma Kapoor, Neelam, Ayesha Jhulka, Tabu, Rani Mukherjee, Ranbir Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor etc learned the acting from him in his acting school.
Besides them, many actors from Punjabi Cinema, or Hindi Film regulars in Punjabi films, also have been his students. Names like Gurdas Mann, Diljit Kaur, Dheeraj Kumar, Kanwaljit, Raza Murad, Rama Vij, Baldev Khosa, Vindoo Dara Singh, Avinash Wadhawan, Mahendra Sandhu, Pankaj Dhir to the current favorite of Hindi-Punjabi Cinema, Jimmy Shergill and the newbie Preet Kamal, all have been his students.
Roshan Taneja was known as the acting Guru in Bollywood and his goodwill in the Industry was his biggest asset. Just look at his alumni list, he trained Jaya Bachchan & years later her son Abhishek also became his student. If there was Sunny who learned acting from him, years down the line, his younger brother also went to his school to learn acting. Similarly the father-daughter duo Anil Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor were also his students.
The man has given the industry many gems. RIP Acting Coach Roshan Taneja Sir.