Renowned film critic Rashid Irani was found dead on Monday at his Mumbai residence. He was 74. Irani, who had multiple health issues and lived alone, likely breathed his last on July 30 at his home in the South Mumbai neighbourhood of Dhobitalao, according to his close friend Rafeeq Ellias.
"It is terrible news. Most likely, he passed away Friday morning while having his bath because he was (found) in the bathroom. Since Friday, he had not been seen at the press club or at his usual breakfast place. We all thought he had gone out of town, so we waited, hoping he would be back on Sunday night. But today we got worried. We called the cops and broke the door," Ellias told.
Many Bollywood celebrities including Karan Johar, Randeep Hooda and Sudhir Mishra paid their tribute to the late critic.
Karan Johar took to Twitter and shared a throwback picture with Rashid Irani. He wrote, "Rest in peace Rashid….I remember all our interactions and conversations so fondly…. Your insight on Cinema will always be treasured….."
Randeep Hooda tweeted, "Cinema a little less loved today ..RIP #RashidIrani saab."
Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra tweeted, “Rest in peace Rashid. I remember all our interactions and conversations so fondly."