RIP Sushma Swaraj: Amitabh Bachchan says ‘extremely sad news’, Anupam Kher calls her ‘honest, charismatic’

Bollywood stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Lata Mangeshkar and many others paid rich tributes to the late leader.
(FILE) Politician and former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj died on Tuesday.(AP)
(FILE) Politician and former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj died on Tuesday.(AP)
Updated on Aug 07, 2019 10:27 AM IST
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By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times

Late on Tuesday came the tragic news of the passing away of Sushma Swaraj, one of the most loved politicians of the previous Narendra Modi government. Among many political leaders, Bollywood celebrities also paid respects to the departed soul.

Actors across the spectrum took to social media to express their sentiment. Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani, Randeep Hooda, Anupam Kher, Swara Bhasker, Riteish Deshmukh, Lata Mangeshkar and Parineeti Chopra mourned her loss. Follow updates

Amitabh took to Twitter and said: “Ek atyant dukhat samachar! Ek bahut hi prabal rajnitigya, ek milansaar vyaktitwa. Atma ki shanti ke liye, prarthana (An extremely sad news. A strong politician, a friendly personality. Prayers for the departed soul).”


Senior actor Boman Irani was among the first to comment. Calling her a “force of nature” who went too soon, he wrote: “A force of nature she was. Too young to go. Saddened to hear this untimely news. A nation’s loss. #SushmaSwaraj #RIPSushmaSwaraj”

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was in deep shock and wrote how Sushma was a “graceful and honest” leader and “selfless soul”. “Deeply shocked and saddened to hear about Sushma Swaraj ji’s sudden demise. A graceful and honest leader, a sensitive and selfless soul, a keen understanding of music and poetry and a dear friend. Our former external minister will be remembered fondly,” she tweeted.

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Actor Randeep Hooda called her “a tall leader and a doer” and said how Indians across the world felt that there was someone who would take care of them. He wrote: “A tall leader and a doer #sushmaswaraj .. never met her but feel saddened by her passing away .. an end of a chapter where Indians across the world felt there is someone looking after them .. #RIPSushmaswaraj .. Om Shanti” 

Actor Swara Bhasker too paid glowing tribute to the late politician while mentioning that she did not share Sushma’s political ideology. The actor mentioned how the late leader epitomised dignity and commitment to democratic norms. She wrote: “RIP #SushmaSwaraj ji. She epitomised dignity, commitment to democratic norms, grace in politics. A brilliant parliamentarian, a fine bilingual orator, a humane foreign minister- she was inspiring. I differed with her ideology, but greatly admired her resolve & work ethic.”


Parineeti Chopra took to Twitter and said how she hails from Ambala Cantt, same as Sushma Swaraj and mentioned how she always felt proud that a woman from a small town “ made it big, and made a difference”. 

Anupam Kher, who is currently in New York, went live on Twitter and said how he couldn’t deal with the news (of her passing away) and had to talk about it. He said how deeply shocked he was at her untimely death and had amazing memories of her. He called her one of the greatest orators of India. He also called her one of the “finest human beings” and among the most “honest and charismatic” leaders of India. 

Actor Riteish Deshmukh called her passing away a “huge loss to India”. He wrote: “A huge loss for India- An outstanding orator, an absolute patriot, a tall leader @SushmaSwaraj Ji is no more. As an Ext Affairs minister she was always accessible to every Indian who was in need of help. My deepest condolences to the family, loved ones & millions of followers.” 

Many other celebs too paid their respects to the late leader. See their response here:  




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