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Filmdom mourns the death of Fidel Castro


Some members of the Hindi film fraternity described the Cuban leader as an influential and revolutionary leader.

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The Hindi film fraternity mourned the death of former Cuba president Fidel Castro with some describing him as an "influential and revolutionary leader" and others wishing they had met him.

Filmmakers like Madhur Bhandarkar and Hansal Mehta took to their Twitter accounts to express their admiration for Castro, who died late on Friday at the age of 90.

The revolutionary icon, one of the world's best-known and most controversial political leaders, survived several assassination attempts by the United States and premature obituaries, but in the end proved mortal after a long battle with illness.

Castro ruled Cuba for almost half a century after he, the legendary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and their followers overthrew the brutal dictatorship of American puppet Fulgencio Batista. He handed over the reins to his brother Raul in 2008.

Here is what some Hindi filmmakers and actors had to say:

Madhur Bhandarkar: Death of Fidel Castro marks the end of an important era in Cuban history. An influential and a revolutionary leader. RIP

Hansal Mehta: Almost travelled to Havana. Visa issues made me change plans. Wish I'd made it before the passing away of Fidel Castro

Ashwin Mushran: Sit back and Fidel with a Cigar today if you must! For the end of an era Fidel Castro

Nikhil Advani: Whether you agreed or disagreed with Castro you couldn't help be mesmerised with his aura. A light is extinguished. Fidel Castro. RIP

Vivek Agnihotri: RIP. Fidel Castro, a comrade of Indian Naxals, Maoists, insurgents, red terrorists, communists, liberals, congress & some ex prime ministers

Ayushmann Khurrana: RIP Fidel Castro.