Actor-Director Neeraj Vora passes away, was in coma for months

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:

Neeraj’s friends and colleagues — including Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal — condoled his death:

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.



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