Bollywood director Neeraj Vora who helmed Phir Hera Pheri passed away at the age of 54 inÂ CritiÂ Care Hospital on Thursday morning. The writer-director suffered a brain stroke in October 2016 and was in coma for the past 13 months.Â
Vora had been staying in renownedÂ film producer FirozÂ Nadiadwala since October 2016 after he slipped into coma due to a heart attack.Â Nadiadwala had brought the actor to his house and took care of him.
When Neeraj's healthÂ deteriorated, he was taken to the hospital where he breathed his last.Â The director who died of a multi-organ failure will be taken for last rites to Santacruz Electric Crematorium at 3 p.m.
Neeraj was part of several Bollywood movies with the notable ones being Welcome Back, Bol Bachchan, Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal and Khatta Meetha. The film-maker who made his directorial debut with Khiladi 420 had written the script for Rohit Shetty's Golmaal.
Not many know thatÂ Neeraj started working as a writer in late 1980's on TV shows, including Shah Rukh Khan's 'Circus'.Â
Popular actor Paresh Rawal took to Twitter to share the news of Neerajâ€™s demise.Â
Neeraj Vora - The writer n director of Phir Hera Pheri n many hit films is no more ...Aum Shanti .â€” Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) December 14, 2017
Saddened by the demise of Neeraj Vora. An energetic and creative personality, he will be remembered for his films and warm nature. My thoughts are with his family and admirers in this sad hour.â€” Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 14, 2017
â€” Tusshar (@TusshKapoor) December 14, 2017
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. RIPâ€” Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) December 14, 2017
The man who spread smiles, Neeraj Vora, has passed away... Was associated with theatre, wrote several interesting films, was a wonderful actor... Had directed #Khiladi420 and #PhirHeraPheri... RIP #NeerajVora.â€” taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 14, 2017
Sad to know that one of the finest actors, writer, director, producer & a dear friend #NeerajVora passed away early morning at #Criticare Hospital, Juhu. The cremation will be held at 3 pm at Santacruz West, opp. Police Stn. #RIP pic.twitter.com/02Jm5uaZA1â€” Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) December 14, 2017
He made me laugh so much, on screen & off screen. Wrote & made clean, hilarious family entertainers. God bless his soul. RIP Neeraj Vora. pic.twitter.com/cfmROVgrueâ€” Arshad Warsi (@ArshadWarsi) December 14, 2017