Yet another big setback for Bollywood. Renowned Filmmaker Esmayeel Shroff is no more. He breathed his last at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital where he was admitted to almost a month ago. His end came following a heart attack. He was 62.
Paying her heartfelt tribute to the renowned filmmaker, Padmini Kolhapure said Esmayeel Shroff was a ‘very sensitive director’. She was privileged to have worked with him in Thodisi Bewafaii and Ahista Ahista and the film Ahista was very close to her heart. He seemed strict in his demeanor but he had a smiling face. He was very sure about what he wanted and he would put it across. We got along very well as actor-director. He was a very sensitive director. It’s a huge loss. He left an indelible mark in the industry.
Padmini further said that while filming Ahista Ahista, she and her co-stars Shashikala and Nanda would always talk in Marathi. She said Esmayeel would tell her he did not understand what they were all talking about. Remembering him, she said he was a man of few words. He was very calm and unassuming, she added.
Esmayeel had directed movies such as Ahista Ahista, Zid, Agar, God and Gun, Police Public, Majhdhaar, Dil Akhir Dil Hai, Bulundi, Nishchaiy, Suryaa and Jhuta Sach. His last film as a director was Thoda Tum Badlo, Thoda Hum, released in 2004. It featuring Arya Babbar and Shriya Saran in lead roles.
Actor Govinda, whose first film Love 86 was directed by Esmayeel Shroff, mourned the loss of the filmmaker. Speaking to the media personnel he said he is deeply saddened. His film career started with his film.
May Almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace in the heavenly abode. Not only did he give Govinda work, but he had reposed full faith in him..He was the first person in Govinda’s to say that the actor understands cinema.
Another renowned Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit also mourned the death of Esmayeel Shroff. He tweeted on Thursday, “Sad to know of the demise of ace filmmaker Esmayeel Shroff ji… Had directed many hits including Ahista Ahista, Bulandi, Thodi Si Bewafai, Surya etc. It’s another big loss to the film industry. Heartfelt condolences to his family…”
News Input K.V.Raman