Rituraj Singh's Story: Resemblance With Shah Rukh, Barry John's Student, TV Career, Death At 59

'Anupamaa' and 'Banegi Apni Baat' actor, Rituraj Singh passed away at the age of 59 due to cardiac arrest. Here's all you need to know about his career spanning three decades, personal life, and more.


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Rituraj Singh's Story: Resemblance With Shah Rukh, Barry John's Student, TV Career, Death At 59

Rituraj Singh Chandrawat Sisodia, better known as Rituraj Singh passed away on February 19, 2024, due to cardiac arrest at the age of 59. The iconic actor had proved the mettle of his acting chops in all three major acting mediums, films, television, and OTT. It was Rituraj Singh's close friend, Amit Behl, who confirmed the heartbreaking news of his sudden demise. The actor's close friend also revealed that Rituraj Singh was suffering from a pancreatic disease and was even hospitalised some time back.

Rituraj Singh passed away due to cardiac arrest at the age of 59

As soon as the news of Rituraj Singh's untimely demise became public, the entire Bollywood and television industry started mourning the loss of this exceptional actor. For the unversed, Rituraj Singh had worked in a series of big-budget films and iconic television shows and even did impactful roles in web series.

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Rituraj Singh’s filmography: From Banegi Apni Baat to Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Anupamaa, and Made In Heaven 2

Rituraj Singh made his acting debut in 1989 in the television film, In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, which was directed by Pradip Krishen and Arundhati Roy penned its screenplay. The film featured Shah Rukh Khan, Divya Seth, Roshan Seth, and many renowned actors. It was in 1992 when he made his acting debut in Hindi cinema with the film, Miss Beauty's Children. However, it was the iconic show, Banegi Apni Baat, that gave him a lot of exposure.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Rituraj Singh worked in popular films like Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Satyameva Jayate 2, Vash- Possessed by the Obsessed, Thunivu, and Yaariyan 2. Apart from working in films, Rituraj was a part of many famous web shows like The Test Case, Criminal Justice, Abhay, Bandish Bandits, Never Kiss Your Best Friend, Made In Heaven, and Indian Police Force. Despite doing a lot of work in Bollywood and OTT, it's fair to say that television gave Rituraj everything.

The iconic actor, Rituraj Singh featured in so many timeless shows and cemented his status as one of the most recognised TV celebrities in the country. Although he had worked in over 37 television shows, some daily soaps deserve mention for making him the star he was. It includes the likes of Tehkikaat, Rishtey - The Love Stories, Kutumb, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Kulvaddhu, CID, Diya Aur Baati Hum, Satrangi Sasural, Laado 2 - Veerpur Ki Mardani, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, and Anupamaa.

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Meet Rituraj Singh's wife, Charu Singh and children

Talking about Rituraj Singh's personal life, he hardly used to talk about his wife and kids in public as he always preferred to keep them away from the media spotlight. He was one of the most sought-after actors in India and was adamant about keeping his personal life private. Rituraj Singh was married to a woman named Charu Singh, and no information about her background is available in the public domain as of now. The couple has two children, a son named Adhiraj Singh and a daughter named Jahaan Singh.

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Rituraj Singh was Shah Rukh Khan's batchmate at Barry John's Theatre Action Group (TAG)

Not a lot of people are aware of the astonishing fact that Rituraj Singh and Bollywood's King Khan, Shah Rukh Khan were batchmates in legendary theatre director, Barry John's Theatre Action Group (TAG). From rehearsing together to playing football and talking about acting, once in an old interview with the Indian Express, Rituraj revealed that he is among Shah Rukh's oldest friends. Talking about their timeless bond, he admitted that Shah Rukh had always respected him and always treated him with a lot of warmth and love.

Rituraj Singh revealed Shah Rukh Khan encouraged him to pursue an acting career in the Mumbai film industry

In the same old interview with the Indian Express, Rituraj Singh admitted that Shah Rukh Khan used to insist and encouraged him to come to Mumbai for work. The actor admitted that SRK had belief in his acting skills, which boosted his confidence. However, he also shared that he had never reached out to Shah Rukh for work because he never wanted to look like a friend, who wants to trade favours. But Rituraj added that he believed that Shah Rukh would be the first person to reach out to him whenever he would be in a miserable situation. He said:

"I have never asked SRK for work because unlike others, I don't suck up to him and ask favours. But this I know, that if God forbid I am in a miserable situation tomorrow, SRK will be the first one to reach out to me."

The reason why Rituraj Singh got the title 'The man who couldn't be Shah Rukh Khan' by the media

When Rituraj Singh made his way into the film industry, several people found him a lot similar to Shah Rukh Khan in terms of looks and facial structure. One look at the pictures from their theatre days back in the 1980s clearly shows the striking resemblance in their facial features. In their respective career, while Shah Rukh Khan went on to become Bollywood's King Khan, Rituraj Singh established himself as a mega-star in the television industry.

However, Rituraj Singh couldn't match the level of his close buddy, Shah Rukh Khan's stardom, which was why the former got the title of 'The man who couldn't be Shah Rukh Khan' by many media houses. What's beautiful is the way how Rituraj reacted to such remarks by the media in a conversation with the Indian Express. The actor clearly stated that he was extremely happy about Shah Rukh's success, and it felt personal to him due to their long-lasting friendship. It's rare to have such friendships in the industry, which speaks volumes about the kind of person Rituraj Singh was in real life.

Rituraj Singh's contribution to the Indian television industry will be remembered for generations to come.

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