Raju Patel


Producer and director Raju Patel died Sunday, Oct. 9 of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 45.

A viewing will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 4-7 p.m. at Pierce Bros. Westwood Village Mortuary, 1218 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles.

Born in Kenya, Patel came to Los Angeles at the age of 21 to distribute his father Sharad Patel’s film, “Amin: The Rise and Fall,” a docudrama about dictator Idi Amin of Uganda. In 1984, at the age of 23, he developed the screenplay and produced “Bachelor Party,” starring Tom Hanks.

He moved into directing with the 1986 action adventure feature “In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro.” In the mid-90’s, he partnered with Disney to develop and produce a live action version of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” and he went on to produce the sequel, “The Second Jungle Book” for Columbia-Tristar.

Patel also produced live action features “The Adventures of Pinocchio” and “The New Adventures of Pinocchio.”

The son-in-law of Indian matinee idol, Rajendra Kumar, Patel’s most recent productions include the first Indian-American co-production, “Kaante,” shot on location in Los Angeles and indie feature “11:14.”

Patel was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He is survived by his wife Dimple and two sons.

Donations may be made to the Department of Head & Neck Cancer, USC Keck School of Medicine, 1520 San Pablo St., Suite 4600, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

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