Robin Williams’ demise jolts Bollywood celebs

Mumbai, Aug 12 (IANS) He made the world laugh with his iconic roles in films like “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Jumanji” and “Good Morning, Vietnam”. Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams’ sudden death, said to be a case of suicide, has left a host of his fans in Bollywood shocked and upset.
From veterans like Shabana Azmi and Anil Kapoor to young guns including Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Arjun Kapoor, Parineeta Chopra and Varun Dhawan – celebrities took to Twitter to share their memories of the performer, whom director Ken Ghosh described as the real life “Mera Naam Joker”.

Here’s what they had to say:

Shabana Azmi: Robin Williams. What a loss! You leave behind a vaccum difficult to fill but your remarkable body of work will continue to inspire. RIP.

Anil Kapoor: Stunned and shocked, Mrs. Doubtfire, dead poets society, goodwill hunting… RIP Robin Williams. Original to the core!

Rakeysh Mehra: RIP Robin Williams. Thank you for giving us so much joy.

Karan Johar: This is just too sad…..RIP Robin Williams.

Abhishek Bachchan: Oh captain, my…… terrible news about the passing of one of my favourite actors. Mr. Robin Williams. This is the 1st time he made anyone cry.

Ken Ghosh: A real life “Mera Naam Joker” Robin Williams reminds you that behind the laughing face is a person who could be crying.

Vishal Dadlani: To wake up to a world without Robin Williams, is to wake up to a bleaker world.

Nikhil Dwivedi: Woke up to the news of Robin Williams’ death. He signified brilliance! Gone before his time.

Manoj Bajpayee: Today he left us crying after years of laughter. You will be missed by everyone who saw you changing faces on screen. #RIPRobinWilliams.

Ronit Roy: “It’s never what it seems”. This is so apt with the man who made the world laugh killing himself. RIP Robin Williams. We will love you forever.

Nargis Fakhri: RIP Robin Williams… makes me so sad to hear this news. My heart aches. Doesn’t matter how successful u r. The mind is a strange place.

Richa Chadha: It is impossible to be a performer and not take this loss personally… #RIPRobinWilliams.

Bipasha Basu: Heartbroken and shocked! RIP Robin Williams.

Parineeti Chopra: You will always be Mrs. Doubtfire for me!!!

Abhay Deol: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Zohra Sehgal, Robin Williams. The world’s a better place because they lived. RIP.

Varun Dhawan: Crushed after hearing this. RIP robin Williams you’re an insipiration and a teacher. Maybe the angels need some fun.

Arjun Kapoor: RIP Robin Williams u will always remain in my memory as Mrs. Doubtfire…hope u find happiness up there u mad genius.

Farhan Akhtar: Robin Williams. Thank you for the decades of entertainment. RIP.

Arjun Rampal: Woke up to the awful and tragic news of Mr. Robbin Williams. He touched our hearts through so many wonderful characters. RIP captain o captain.

Ranvir Shorey: Such terrible news to start the day. Shocked and saddened with the passing of a childhood hero. RIP, Robin Williams.

Dia Mirza: He warmed the cockles of the heart, tickled the funny bone and made one feel so deeply…But above all he made us think. #RIPRobinWilliams. My childhood would have been incomplete without #MrsDoubtfire #Flubber #Jumanji and so many more of his films… #RobinWilliams.

Neil Nitin Mukesh: OMG!!! Robin Williams. He passed away. I am sooooooo upset. This is such sad news. RIP!

Nimrat Kaur: So much warmth and love in those eyes…grew up with them smiling. Too sad to accept this loss.



Robin Williams brought dignity to male crying: Kamal Haasan

Chennai (IANS): Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, whose “Chachi 420” was based on actor Robin Williams “Mrs. Doubtfire”, mourns the death of the Oscar-winning star and also credits him for revolutionising the portrayal of men on the big screen and bringing dignity to male crying.
Williams was found dead Monday in his home in California. The suspected cause of death was suicide. He was 63.

“If the alleged story about his suicide is true then I dislike him for ending his life before his due date of expiry. That’s a copout that I don’t expect of an artist of his calibre. Same applies to my Indian idol Guru Dutt,” Kamal Haasan said in a statement.

Kamal considers comedians as “critics of society”.

“They have masked their anger with humour, constantly maintaining a funny facade leads to depression. Robin Williams’ true nature is being quick to tears. You can see it in his films,” he said.

Williams was popular for his roles in films such as “Good Morning, Vietnam”, “Peter Pan” and “Jumanji”.

“He could have never become a star in the 1960’s, for American film heroes were too scared to cry on screen. The Vietnam War changed the American psyche,” Kamal said

“Rambo was the first popular action hero to show panic cry and scream in fear. Robin Williams brought dignity to male crying. I like him for his talent,” he added.