Phir Hera Pheri fame director Neeraj Vora, who also acted in several Bollywood films, passed away in Mumbai on Thursday early morning. He was 54 years old. The actor-director was reportedly in a coma from past 13 months after suffering from a massive heart-attack and brain stroke. He reportedly breathed his last at 4 am at Criti Care hospital in Andheri, Mumbai. Filmmaker Ashok Pandit confirmed the news to Indian Express and said, “Neeraj Vora died today at 3 am in Criti Care hospital in Juhu. He had been in coma and living at Firoz Nadiadwala’s place. When his condition deteriorated in the night, he was taken to the hospital, where he breathed his last.”

Neeraj Vora was born in Bhuj in a Gujarati family in 1963. But he grew up in Santacruz, a suburb of Mumbai. His father, Pandit Vinayak Rai Nanalal Vora was a classical musician and a proponent of Tar- Shehnai. Neeraj Vora has also acted in many films such as Mann, Holi, Virasat, Rangeela and so on. His directorial ventures Phir Hera Pheri, Khiladi 420 will always be remembered.

He was working on Hera Pheri 3 before he went into coma. The multi-faceted aritste, who originally hailed from Gujarat, began his professional stint as an actor during his college days. His initial work as a writer includes superstar Shah Rukh Khan starrer TV show Circus. As an actor, his first work professional work came in the form of Ketan Mehta’s Holi (1984), which also starred Aamir Khan.

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