Filmmaker and writer Neeraj Vora passed away. He was 54 years old. He was admitted to the Criti Care, Andheri, where he breathed his last at 4 am on Thursday morning. An official statement from the Vora family read, “He will be taken to Mr Firoz Nadiadwala’s house, from where he will be taken to the Santacruz Electric Crematorium at 3 pm.”
Paresh Rawal who has starred in many of Mr Vora’s films tweeted the news and said, ” Neeraj Vora – The writer n director of Phir Hera Pheri n many hit films is no more…Aum Shanti .”
Filmmaker Ashok Pandit also tweeted, “Sad to know that one the finest actor, Writer, Director, Producer & a dear friend Neeraj Vora passed away early morning at #Criticare Hospital. The Creamation will be held at 3 pm at SantaCruz West #Mumbai Opp Police station #RIP”
The Phir Hera Phera director had suffered a massive heart attack last year post which in he was in the coma. In August, the filmmaker was showing the signs of recovery. The actor was being treated at friend Sajid Nadiadwala’s house in Mumbai where an entire room was being converted into an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). A physiotherapist, neurosurgeon, acupuncture therapist and general physician pay him weekly visits. This room has been home to writer-director-actor Neeraj Vora since March 11, with a 24-hour nurse, ward boy and cook.
Apart from being a great director for films like Run Bhola Run, Hera Pheri 3, Shortkut: The Con Is On, Familywala, Phir Hera Pheri and Khiladi 420, Mr Vora was also a writer for films like Daud, Hera Pheri, Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar and Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal.
Mr Vora was all set to begin Phir Hera Pheri 3 but due to his ill health, the film was being postponed. Talking about his ill health Suniel Shetty had said in an earlier interview, “We must make it (part 3) for fans… I believe he (Neeraj) is doing better now. Once he is fit, we will roll out the film”.
RIP Neeraj Vora