Tributes flow in for the actor, writer and director who died in Mumbai today.
Akshay Kumar credits Neeraj Vora for his switch to comedy
Mumbai - 14 Dec 2017 13:24 IST
Updated : 17:09 IST
Tributes started flowing in for actor-writer-director Neeraj Vora, who died this morning. Rustom (2016) actor Akshay Kumar led the way as he credited Vora for making him switch from action to comedy.
The Hindi film industry lost one of its popular artistes as Vora, who had been in a coma for a year, died this morning. The 54-year-old was first admitted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Vora breathed his last at a Mumbai hospital today.
One of the main reasons behind my foray into comedy, saddened to hear about the demise of #NeerajVora a multi-talented man, writer, director, actor...a mini industry by himself, learnt so much from him. RIP— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) December 14, 2017
Akshay Kumar and Vora had collaborated on nearly a dozen projects, most notably in Hera Peri (2000), Khiladi 420 (2000) and Bhool Bhulaiya (2007).
Actor Tusshar Kapoor was saddened by the death of the man who cast him in his first film.
Shocked & saddened to hear of the demise of #Neerajvora ji! Had cast me for Golmaal 1 & directed me in the unreleased Run Bhola Run! RIP sir— Tusshar (@TusshKapoor) December 14, 2017
Actor Vivek Oberoi hailed Vora as a multi-faceted man who will be missed dearly.
So saddening to hear about the demise of #NeerajVora! A multifaceted man who’s cinema will always be cherished! My heartfelt condolences to his family, may his soul rest in eternal peace!— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivek_oberoi) December 14, 2017
Prime minister Narendra Modi, too, expressed sorrow at the passing of Vora.
Saddened by the demise of Neeraj Vora. An energetic and creative personality, he will be remembered for his films and warm nature. My thoughts are with his family and admirers in this sad hour.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 14, 2017
Director Ashutosh Gowariker said Vora was like a brother and shared a throwback picture with Vora and Deepak Tijori.
We started out as Actors & Singers in Mithibai College.— Ashutosh Gowariker (@AshGowariker) December 14, 2017
In my 1st film PEHLA NASHA #NeerajVora debuted as Writer & Music Director. Next we co-wrote BAAZI.
He was the FUNNIEST & WITTIEST guy I knew.
Today, I've lost a BEST FRIEND & BROTHER! But he will always LIVE in my heart! pic.twitter.com/3zjz66JaD0
Actress Amrita Arora recalled Vora as a cheerful man who kept all in good spirits while filming Shortkut: The Con Is On (2009).
Fellow filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar remembered him as a warm, humorous, multi-talented person.