Bollywood’s multi-faceted talent Neeraj Vora, an actor, writer, and director known for his humorous streak on and off screen died here early on Thursday, months after being comatose, his family member said. Vora’s younger brother Uttank Vora told IANS that he died at 4 a.m. at an Andheri hospital. Vora was 54.”He will be taken to Firoz Nadiadwala’s house Barkat from where he will be taken to the Santa Cruz Electric Crematorium at 3 p.m.,” Uttank Vora said.

Neeraj Vora wrote, “Rangeela”, directed “Phir Hera Pheri” and acted in “Bol Bachchan” among several other projects. For months altogether, a room in filmmaker Firoz  Nadiadwala’s home was converted into a fully functional ICU for Vora.

Nadiadwala mourned his demise, saying: I’ve lost the battle to save my brother and friend from the clutches of death. His health had improved so much. But it deteriorated suddenly on Friday (December 8).

“He had to be shifted to hospital. But it was of no use. We lost him.”

Early tributes and condolences to Vora from the film world included names like Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, and Rahul Dholakia.

“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, learned so much from him. RIP”, wrote Akshay Kumar.

“Neeraj Vora – The writer and director of ‘Phir Hera Pheri’ and many hit films are no more… Aum Shanti,” Paresh tweeted.

Actor Tusshar Kapoor said: “Shocked and saddened to hear of the demise of Neeraj Voraji. Had cast me for ‘Golmaal’ and directed me in the unreleased ‘Run Bhola Run’. RIP sir.”

Dholakia described him as “one of India’s finest humorist screenwriter”, while actor Parvin Dabas said he was “one of the most brilliant comic minds in Hindi cinema”.

“He was a friend, relative and also the writer of my first ‘Kehtaa Hai Dil Baar Baar’. R.I.P,” Dholakia said.

Actor Viveck Vaswani remembered Neeraj, with whom he was friends since they did “Raju” together.

Writer Milap Zaveri said: “You will surely make the heavens laugh.”

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