Bollywood actor Neeraj Vora dead, PM Narendra Modi and Akshay Kumar condole death
Bollywood actor, director and comedian Neeraj Vora, best known for writing the script of the 2000 blockbuster Hera Pheri and directing its sequel Phir Hera Pheri in 2006, died early Thursday morning. He was 54.
The 54-year-old actor was at the residence of producer Firoz Nadiadwala but was rushed to hospital when his condition deteriorated.
Vora breathed his last at 4am in Juhu’s Criti Care hospital. The actor was in coma from the past one year after reportedly suffering a brain stroke in October 2016.
His death was condoled PM Narendra Modi on social media:
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
Neeraj’s friends and colleagues — including Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal — condoled his death:
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
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
Veteran star Paresh Rawal, who worked with Vora in Hera Pheri film series, mourned the loss of the actor and bid a fond farewell to him on social media. “Neeraj Vora – The writer and director of Phir Hera Pheri and many hit films is no more… Aum Shanti. (sic),” he wrote.
Neeraj started working as a writer in Gujarati plays and his first film as an actor was Ketan Mehta’s Holi, which featured Aamir Khan, Ashutosh Gowariker, Om Puri, Shreeram Lagoo, Deepti Naval and Naseeruddin Shah. He also acted in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer TV show, Circus.
He was the dialogue writer in Aamir Khan’s Rangeela and also acted in the film. He directed Khiladi 420 and Phir Hera Pheri, a sequel to the classic comedy-drama Hera Pheri.
He last appeared in Anil Kapoor-John Abraham starrer Welcome Back, which released in 2015.