World of Bollywood breaks through mourning with the sunrise, as producer Ryan Ivan Stephen has a bucket list of films like “Indoo ki Jawani” and Kajol’s short film “Devi” on Saturday passed away after battling against deadly covid-19. Bollywood celebrities like Kiara, Varun Dhawan, Manoj Bajpayee and others took to social media and mourned the loss of the ace producer. Manoj Bajpayee shared filmmaker Suparn S Varma’s tweet on his Twitter handle and wrote, “It’s so so shocking for all of us who knew this gentle soul. It really can’t be true!! I will miss you my friend RYAN.”
Suparn had tweeted, “Life is cruel! But you were kind! thank you for your compassion in a ruthless world. I’m glad we undertook a journey on a few stories, the joy in writing them was because of you. You leave behind so many who loved you. Cook up a storm my friend. God bless you.” Varun also shared a picture of the producer on his Instagram story and wrote, “Rip Ryan.”
A heartbroken Kiara put up a picture of the film producer and captioned it, “Our dearest Ryan gone too soon”. Alia Bhatt also shared a photo of the late producer on her Instagram story and wrote “RIP Ryan,” followed by a broken heart emoji. As per sources Ryan had started his career as a reporter with a film magazine. He worked with publications such as Showtime and Stardust and even as a film consultant on web-portal Mazaa Media over the years.
Ryan later worked as the Programming Head and Head of the Creative Development department at Dharma Productions. He even worked as a production designer on Irrfan Khan`s film `Rog` and eventually joined hands with writer-lyricist Niranjan Iyenger to start his production house, Electric Apples Entertainment.
Many Bollywood stars stepped forward and offered their heartfelt condolences. Akhtar posted on twitter, “Shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of #RyanStephen. Gone too soon… Condolences to his family. RIP”. Actor Dia Mirza remembered Stephen as a “kindest” and “most beautiful soul”. “Can’t believe you are gone… Until we meet again.” She added. Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Nikkhil Advani”s Emmay Entertainment, which also produced Indoo Ki Jawani, paid homage to Stephen, remembering him as a kind and compassionate person.
“Today with a heavy heart we bid farewell to our dear one #RyanStephen. You lived life with kindness and compassion, and will always be remembered. Keeping the loved ones in our thoughts and prayers, Rest in Peace”. A tweet by Emmay Entertainment.