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Ryan Stephen, the producer of recently released Hindi film Indoo Ki Jawani, died of Covid-19 complications on May 29. He was 50.

The news was confirmed by Indoo Ki Jawani director Abir Sengupta.

Stephen was admitted to a hospital in Goa where he had been undergoing treatment for two weeks.

Stephen worked with Dharma Productions before launching his own production house, Electric Apples Entertainment, along with screenwriter-lyricist Niranjan Iyenger.

He produced the short film Devi, featuring an ensemble cast of Kajol, Neha Dhupia, Shruti Haasan, and others.

Several actors and filmmakers took to social media to pay tribute to Stephen.

Sengupta wrote a detailed post on Instagram, on how he landed the film and Stephen as its producer after seven years of pitching his first story.

 

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Actor and filmmaker Pooja Bhatt wrote a long verse on Instagram, paying her tribute to Stephen.

 

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Actors Alia Bhatt, Kiara Advani, Manoj Bajpayee, Aditya Seal, and Neha Dhupia also paid their tributes.

Stephen is survived by his mother and sisters.

The producer is among many artists who died of Covid-19.

Celebrities including Subodh Chopra who wrote the dialogues for Murder died of Covid-19 related complications after testing negative for the virus. Hindi music-composer Wajid of Sajid-Wajid duo, died of cardiac arrest owing to Covid-related complications in June 2020.

Chhichhore actor Abhilasha Patil, who mostly appeared in Hindi and Marathi films, Hindi film editor Ajay Sharma who also worked on Indoo Ki Jawani, apart from Ludo, Jagga Jaasoos, Rashmi Rocket and others, YouTuber Rahul Vohra, veteran music-composer Shravan Rathod, who had contracted the virus after returning from the Kumbh Mela, actor Bikramjeet Kanwarpal who appeared in several television shows and films, veteran actor Lalit Behl, and singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, are some of the names that died of the deadly virus.