The icon that made his audiences laugh and smile has passed a left a huge mark on all of us has passed away today after being in a coma. It is said you are remembered by how” you made people feel” and Neeraj Vora made us feel great whether he was acting, directing or writing films.
He started with Ketan Mehta’s Holi in 1984, which also starred Aamir Khan. And his last film as an actor was Anil Kapoor starring in Welcome Back (2015). Many films that he acted included Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Virasat, Mann, Satya, Mast, Pukar, Bol Bachchan and Company. With no connections in Bollywood, this man from Bhuj made a name for himself in a ruthless industry that is not very favorable to ‘outsiders’.
The 54-year-old multi-faceted artist, best known for writing Shah Rukh Khan’s popular TV show Circus and Ram Gopal Verma’s Rangeela. The veteran actor, writer, producer and filmmaker Born in a Gujarati family, Neeraj came to be known in the film industry for the way he tackled humor through his acting, writing and directorial projects.
His directorial debut was with Khiladi 420 in 2000 and later, he went on to direct the second installment of the Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty franchise, Phir Hera Pheri, in 2006.
Akshay Kumar mourned his demise on Twitter:
One of the main reasons behind my foray into comedy, saddened to hear about the demise of #NeerajVora a multi-talented man, writer, director, actor…a mini industry by himself, learnt so much from him. RIP
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) December 14, 2017
Rest in Peace!