Well-known actor and filmmaker Neeraj Vora,54, is no more. He passed
away this morning.
SpotboyE.com reported a year back about the filmmaker’s deteriorating health. He suffered a massive brain stroke and slipped into coma. Neeraj was admitted in a hospital in Delhi but for the past few months, filmmaker Firoz Nadiadwala was looking after him and had also kept him at his house.
Last night, Neeraj’s condition got worse and he was rushed to Criti Care Hospital, Juhu, where he breathed his last.
Bollywood celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Tusshar Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani and a few more, who have worked with Neeraj in films like Hera Pheri and Masst expressed their sorrow and tweeted about the loss.
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
Confirming the news of his demise, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit said, “Neeraj Vora died today at 3 am in Criti Care hospital in Juhu. He had been in coma and living at Firoz Nadiadwala’s place. When his condition deteriorated in the night, he was taken to the hospital, where he breathed his last.”
Really sad news of Neeraj Vora ji passing away.. worked with him right from my first film as an actor to many films as a writer. Such a happy and wonderful person to interact with. Will miss him 💔Prayers and condolences to the Vora family 🙏🏼❤️— Aftab Shivdasani (@AftabShivdasani) December 14, 2017
Neeraj has acted in several films such as Rangeela (1995), Mann (1999) and Bol Bachchan (2012) among others and helmed Khiladi 420 (2000) and Phir Hera Pheri (2006).
He was admitted to a leading Delhi hospital in October last year and was battling for life since then.
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
Originally from Gujarat, Neeraj made his foray in Bollywood as a writer for Aamir Khan’s film Rangeela.
The man who spread smiles, Neeraj Vora, has passed away... Was associated with theatre, wrote several interesting films, was a wonderful actor... Had directed #Khiladi420 and #PhirHeraPheri... RIP #NeerajVora.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 14, 2017
A few films later, he debuted as a director with Khiladi 420, which failed to work its magic at the box-office.
Very sad to hear about the demise of #NeerajVora ji! always brought a smile to our faces RIP— Karan Kundrra (@kkundrra) December 14, 2017
He resumed writing films and worked with Firoz Nadiadwala on Awara Paagal Deewana (2002) and Deewane Huye Paagal (2005).
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
The two then collaborated on Phir Hera Pheri (2006, Neeraj directed it), the sequel to the Hera Pheri (2000), which starred Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty in lead roles.
The funeral will take place at Santacruz Electric Crematorium at 3 pm.
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