Bollywood actor, writer and director Neeraj Vora died at a Mumbai hospital today at the age of 54. He was on a ventilator for last 4 days and expired today morning at 4 am IST due to multi-organ failure. The cremation was held at 3 pm IST today at the Santa Cruz west Cremation Ground in Mumbai.
Vora was in the comma for last 10 months. He was admitted to New Delhi’s AIIMS hospital after suffering a heart attack and a brain stroke in 2016. However, after his health showed no improvement, he was shifted to friend Firoz Nadiadwala’s house in Mumbai in April for his speedy recovery. A room in Nadiadwala’s Juhu home, Barkat Villa, was converted into a fully-functional ICU with a 24-hour nurse, ward boy and cook. A physiotherapist, neurosurgeon, acupuncture therapist and general physician used to pay him weekly visits.
“He passed away at 4 a.m. on Thursday. I’ve lost the battle to save my brother and friend from the clutches of death. His health had improved so much. But it deteriorated suddenly on Friday. He had to be shifted to hospital. But it was no use. We lost him,” Firoz Nadiadwala who had been taking care of Vora for last one year said.
Vora was known in the industry for the way he tackled humour through his acting, writing and directorial projects. Born in a Gujarati family, Vora rose to fame with when he wrote Aamir Khan’s superhit film Rangeela. He had also written the screenplays of films like Hera Pheri, Akele Hum Akele Tum and Chori Chori Chupke Chupke. He directed Khiladi 420 and Phir Hera Pheri and acted in films such as Daud, Welcome Back, Company, Pukar, Rangeela, Satya, Baadshah and Mann among others. He was last seen in ‘Welcome Back’ that released in 2015.
Vora was supposed to start work on the third instalment of ‘Hera Pheri’ but uncertainty loomed large over the project after he suffered a stroke last year. From Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi to Vora’s friends and colleagues — including Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Ashutosh Gowariker, Rahul Dholakia, Tushar Kapoor and Abbas-Mustan — condoled his death on social media.
Rest In Piece, Neeraj Vora!