Real-life Mera Naam Joker: Bollywood mourns Robin Williams

  • Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2014 15:48 IST

Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams' sudden death, suspected to be a suicide, left his fans in Bollywood shocked and upset. From veterans like Shabana Azmi and Anil Kapoor to young stars such as Parineeti Chopra and Varun Dhawan remember Hollywood's comic genius.

Karan Johar
I am a big fan of Robin Williams. It's sad to fathom the fact that the man who had spread so much happiness across the world with his works could take his own life. It's extremely saddening and distressing piece of news for a 'fan' like me. His films like Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting left a deep impact on me.

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Farah Khan
It's inconceivable that someone who has lighted up our lives with his 'positive' movie roles would himself be a victim of depression. Can't believe Patch Adams can die in such a manner. His joviality, wit and a wealth of inspirational movies will always remain with us. In the last six months, I again watched some of his films like Jumanji, Mrs. Doubtfire etc. with my kids who are his huge fans.

Kangana Ranaut
In this world, I feel it's not so much about loneliness. Actors play with the most important organ of their body which is their brain. In order to achieve their target, they tend to believe what's actually not there. We do this every day. Once you start believing in what actually doesn't exist, you eventually become victims of neurosis. Stars have people throwing themselves on them all the time. One needs to take care of themselves. Sometimes, their experiences and roles linger around in their subconscious. You get caught in that trap. Dilip Kumar in his biography has shared the story of how he eventually got into depression after playing a series of serious roles. He had to seek help and was eventually asked to not do those roles. Similar thing happened with me after Gangster, Woh Lamhe and Fashion. Actors, after a point, can't deal with not being creative. But honestly, you have to take care of yourself and draw a line between what's reel and real. I hope people don't get carried away.

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Many celebs also took to Twitter to share their feelings…

Bipasha Basu
Heartbroken and shocked! Rip Robin Williams

Siddhartha Basu
Those that make us laugh the loudest sometimes are the saddest. Torn that Robin Williams should go like this.

Milind Soman
He made the world laugh and forget every sadness, but he found nothing in the world to ease his depression. Heartrending.

Sidharth Malhotra
Sad to hear abt Robin Williams-RIP n thank u for all the laughs

Farhan Akhtar
Robin Williams. Thank you for the decades of entertainment. RIP.

Parineeti Chopra
You will always be Mrs. Doubtfire for me!!!

Varun Dhawan
Crushed after hearing this. Rip robin Williams your an insipiration and a teacher. Maybe the angels need some fun

Arjun Kapoor
RIP Robin Williams u will always remain in my memory as Mrs doubtfire... hope u find happiness up there u mad genius.

Abhishek Bachchan
Oh captain, my…… terrible news about the passing of one of my favourite actors. Mr. Robin Williams. This is the 1st time he made anyone cry.

Shabana Azmi
Robin Williams. What a loss! You leave behind a vacuum difficult to fill but your remarkable body of work will continue to inspire. RIP.

Anil Kapoor
Stunned and shocked, Mrs. Doubtfire, dead poets society, goodwill hunting... RIP Robin Williams. Original to the core!

Ken Ghosh
A real life Mera Naam Joker Robin Williams reminds you that behind the laughing face is a person who could be crying.

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