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Akshay Kumar credits Neeraj Vora for his switch to comedy

Tributes flow in for the actor, writer and director who died in Mumbai today.

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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.

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.

Actor Vivek Oberoi hailed Vora as a multi-faceted man who will be missed dearly.

Prime minister Narendra Modi, too, expressed sorrow at the passing of Vora.

Director Ashutosh Gowariker said Vora was like a brother and shared a throwback picture with Vora and Deepak Tijori.

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.