Filmmaker and actor Neeraj Vora, 54, passed away this morning after a prolonged illness at Juhu’s Criti Care Hospital.
2017 has been a year of highs and low for Bollywood. We have lost many bright stars this year and today too we mourn a star. Filmmaker and actor Neeraj Vora, 54, passed away this morning after a prolonged illness at Juhu’s Criti Care Hospital. The multi-talented artist suffered a heart attack followed by a stroke in 2016. Post that, Neeraj was in a coma and was living at Firoz Nadiadwala‘s house Barkat in Mumbai.
Neeraj Vora began his career as a writer for the famous 90s television show, Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Circus’. Aamir Khan starrer ‘Rangeela’ was his major Bollywood success. He also was a part of movies like ‘Dhadkan’, ‘Pukar’, ‘Virasat’, ‘Satya’, and many more. Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar starrer ‘Welcome Back’ was the last movie he acted in.
Famous films Neeraj had directed were Akshay Kumar’s ‘Khiladi 420’ and ‘Phir Hera Pheri’. Last year amidst the filming of ‘Hera Pheri 3’, Neeraj suffered a heart attack. Since then the movie has been stalled.
It can easily be said that Neeraj Vora made quite an impact on his Bollywood peers. As soon as the news broke out condolences have been pouring in from every nook of the country. Twitterati too, are mourning the loss of this bright star. Here are some of the celebrity reactions:
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
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
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
Very sad to hear about the demise of #NeerajVora ji! always brought a smile to our faces RIP
— Karan Kundrra (@kkundrra) December 14, 2017
Neeraj Vora – The writer n director of Phir Hera Pheri n many hit films is no more …Aum Shanti .
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) December 14, 2017
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) December 14, 2017
We started out as Actors & Singers in Mithibai College.
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
— Ashutosh Gowariker (@AshGowariker) December 14, 2017
He made me laugh so much, on screen & off screen. Wrote & made clean, hilarious family entertainers. God bless his soul. RIP Neeraj Vora. pic.twitter.com/cfmROVgrue
— Arshad Warsi (@ArshadWarsi) December 14, 2017
— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) December 14, 2017
So sad to hear this. RIP #NeerajVora ji ?
— Manoj Yadav (@manojkikalam) December 14, 2017
#neerajvora one of India’s finest humorist screenwriter is no more. he was a friend, relative and also the writer of my first KHDBB- R.I.P.
— rahul dholakia (@rahuldholakia) December 14, 2017
#NeerajVora always smiling. Always jovial. Always made the world smile. RIP Neerajji.
— kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) December 14, 2017
#Neerajvora May his soul rest in peace ?
— Charanpreet Singh (@Charanpreeet) December 14, 2017
Sadly, Neeraj Vora had nobody apart from Firoz Nadiadwala to take care of him in his last time. His wife passed away in 2004 and soon after his mother also passed away. The filmmaker-actor is not survived by any children.
Neeraj Vora will be cremated at the Santacruz crematorium at around 3 p.m today.