Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra lead film industry’s tributes for former PM
Actors such as Amitabh Bachchan Rajinikanth, Randeep Hooda and Dhanush led the film industry’s tributes for former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died in Delhi on Thursday.Updated: Aug 16, 2018 20:18 IST
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the first non-Congress leader to serve a full term in power, died on Thursday, the Delhi hospital where he was admitted said in a statement. He had been put on life support after his condition deteriorated in the last 36 hours.
Several personalities from the world of films mourned his death . Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Priyanka Chopra, Vivek Oberoi and Dhanush tweeted their condolences minutes after former prime minister’s death was announced. Others who wrote fondly about Vajpayee include the iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar, and actors Boman Irani and Randeep Hooda, who shared a poem on Twitter. They praised Vajpayee’s openness, the admiration he received even from his critics and his skills as an orator and poet.
“I’m saddened to hear the demise of a great statesman Shri.Vajpayee ji. May his soul rest in peace,” wrote Rajinikanth. “The nation will always remember (his visionary ideas and contributions),” wrote Priyanka.
Here are some more reactions:
T 2902 - Atal Bihari Vajpai (1924 - 2018 ) भावपूर्ण श्रधांजलि ; एक महान नेता , प्रख्यात कवि , अद्भुत वक्ता व प्रवक्ता , मिलनसार व्यक्तित्व ।— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 16, 2018
बाबूजी के प्रशंसक , और बाबूजी उनके ..
An admirer of my Father's works and vice versa ; gentle nature, strong fiery in his speeches pic.twitter.com/KtH9HEABkd
I’m saddened to hear the demise of a great statesman Shri.Vajpayee ji. May his soul Rest In Peace.— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) August 16, 2018
Rishitulya purva pradhan mantri Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji ke swargwas ki vaarta sunke mujhe aise (cont) https://t.co/1w1sEjs1eB— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 16, 2018
Whether you agreed with him or not, you couldn't help but respect the sheer statesmanship, wisdom and eloquence of the man. RIP #AtalBihariVajpayee— Vir Das (@thevirdas) August 16, 2018
RIP Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji 🙏— Milap (@zmilap) August 16, 2018
It is rare to find love and respect across the entire politcal spectrum.— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) August 16, 2018
Atalji, was the rarest of them all.
A true legend, respected statesman, phenomenal poet, tall leader beyond stature, respected by even his strongest critics and rivals...#Atalji passes on. Leaving behind a legacy of greatness that will inspire generations forever! #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/JewgmAKQjl— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) August 16, 2018
Over come with such deep sadness..— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) August 16, 2018
Bharat has lost its Ratan #Atalji🙏
"मौत की उमर क्या है? दो पल भी नहीं,
ज़िन्दगी सिलसिला, आज कल की नहीं
मैं जी भर जिया, मैं मन से मरूं,
लौटकर आऊँगा, कूच से क्यों डरूं?" #अटल_बिहारी_बाजपेयी #AtalBihariVaajpayee pic.twitter.com/eTkzyAJRy8
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing away of Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. Heartfelt condolences to the family and dear ones of the great man.— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) August 16, 2018
Heavens got a prime minster to handle its affairs now. RIP Atal ji, one of the greatest politician our nation has had. Honour to have known you 💔🙏🏽— Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) August 16, 2018
RIP #AtalBihariVaajpayee ji! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻respects and prayers for a true leader.— Divya Dutta (@divyadutta25) August 16, 2018
"Let no one challenge India's secularism." - Atal Bihari Vajpayee #Salute #Respect— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) August 16, 2018
Growing up in India in the 1980’s and 90’s one can never forget what a deep impact #AtalBihariVaajpayee ji made on us... he was a great statesman and leader. #RIP
RIP Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. Prayers & strength to the family. The nation mourns today.— Mouni Roy (@Roymouni) August 16, 2018
Vajpayee, 93, one of the founder members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), served as prime minister for 13 days in 1996, 13 months (1998-99) at the head of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and then for a full five year term (1999-2004).
He had announced his retirement from electoral politics in 2005 and withdrew further from public life in 2009 after suffering a stroke that weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia.
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First Published: Aug 16, 2018 20:17 IST