Neeraj Vora passes away: Seven most popular films of the accidental Bollywood actor
Neeraj Vora has written and directed films and also acted in many. His first acting assignment was out of necessity - he took up a role in Rangeela (1995) in order to complete the shoot on time.Updated: Dec 14, 2017 14:22 IST
Bollywood actor-writer Neeraj Vora, who had been in coma for a year, died at a Mumbai hospital early Thursday.
Neeraj began working in theatre from his college days and also won several intercollegiate awards for his performances. He has written and directed films and also acted in several of them. His first acting assignment in films was out of necessity - he took up a role in Rangeela (1995) in order to complete the shoot on time.
Here’s a look at some of his best performances and films:
Welcome Back (2015)
Neeraj played Badshaah bhai in the film. Though a small role, his performance was quite impressive. Directed by Anees Bazmi, the film starred John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia, Naseeruddin Shah and Shruti Haasan in lead roles.
Bol Bachchan (2012)
Neeraj played Ajay Devgn’s right hand in the Rohit Shetty film and added his own wit and charm to the comedy film. The movie also starred Asin, Abhishek Bachchan, Krushna Abhishek, Asrani and Prachi Desai.
Neeraj wrote the Ajay Devgn- starrer that Rohit Shetty has managed to turn into a hit franchise. The story of the film was reportedly based on Mihir Bhuta’s Gujarati play, Aflatoon. The film also starred Rimi Sen, Tusshar Kapoor, Sharman Joshi and Arshad Warsi.
Phir Hera Pheri (2006)
Neeraj got Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty to come together once again for a sequel to their Priyadarshan hit, Hera Pheri (2000). Bipasha Basu and Rimi Sen also featured in the film. The third film in the franchise was in the pipeline with Neeraj expected to direct. It was delayed due to Neeraj's illness.
Neeraj played Aamir Khan’s close friend in the film that also featured Manisha Koirala in the lead role. One of the funniest scenes in the film is where Neeraj is forced to strip down in order to pacify Aamir’s moneylenders and then he goes on to deliver a hilarious monologue on the side effects of love. Directed by Inder Kumar, the film also starred Sharmila Tagore and Anil Kapoor.
Can one forget the sequence where Sanjay Dutt and Urmila Matondakar are narrating their stories as Neeraj interrupts them in an irritated tone saying, ‘aage kya’ and ‘mujhe pata hai, aapki ma bahut badi shikari thi’. Written by Neeraj, the film was directed by Rma Gopal Varma and AR Rahman composed the music.
Neeraj wrote the dialogues of the Aamir Khan-Urmila Matondkar-starrer, along with Sanjay Chhel. When one of the actors did not turn up and the filmmakers wanted to wrap the shoot on time, Neeraj was persuaded to take up a small role in the film.
Neeraj was in coma after suffering a heart attack and a brain stroke in 2016. While he was admitted to New Delhi’s AIIMS initially, producer Firoz Nadiadwala shifted Neeraj to his home after his health showed no improvement. The producer converted a room into an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the purpose. The 54-year-old actor was at the residence of producer Firoz Nadiadwala but was rushed to hospital last Friday when his condition deteriorated.
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First Published: Dec 14, 2017 14:16 IST