Bollywood actor Narendra Jha, known for his work in films like Raees, Haider and Kaabil among others, passed away on March 14. He was 55. Confirming the news to indianexpress.com, Jha’s family member said, “Narendra Jha passed away at his farmhouse in Wada this morning at about 5 AM. He suffered a massive heart attack.”
Narendra Jha was in Wada with his wife Pankaja Thakur as he needed rest after suffering from a minor attack a few days ago. His medical treatment was going on in Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai. His wife Pankaja, who is also the former CEO for Central Board of Film Certification, had even taken a leave of four months to be with Narendra at their Wada farmhouse.
Born in Madhubani, Bihar, Narendra Jha started his career with the television industry and became a known face with shows like Begusarai, Ek Ghar Banaunga, Supercops vs Supervillains and others. He ventured into Bollywood with 2012’s Funtoosh. Following which, he was also cast in Neta Ji Subhash Chandra Bose: The Last Hero by Shyam Benegal. He came to limelight with his role as Dr Hilal Meer, Shahid Kapoor’s on-screen dad in Haider. He also essayed supporting roles in movies like Force 2, Mohenjo Daro and Humari Adhuri Kahaani. He was recently seen shooting for Salman Khan’s Race 3.
The film and TV industry are mourning the death of Narendra Jha. Actor Hrithik Roshan, who shared screen space with him in Kaabil, wrote on Twitter, “He was a dream to work with. What an actor. This is absolutely shocking. Narendra jha you will be so missed. Rest In Peace my friend.” Director Hansal Mehta also wrote, “What a shocker! Narendra Jha? This profession is truly a killer.”
He was a dream to work with. What an actor. This is absolutely shocking. Narendra jha you will be so missed. Rest In Peace my friend .
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) March 14, 2018
What a shocker! Narendra Jha? This profession is truly a killer.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) March 14, 2018
I refuse to accept it. Life cannot be so damn unpredictable. I just met a hail n hearty Narendra Jha at the park last week. And now I’m hearing he passed away this morning. Such a splendid actor and a marvellous human being.
Rest in peace my friend. May God bless your soul. pic.twitter.com/qTYChpOguv
— Sanjay Gupta (@_SanjayGupta) March 14, 2018
I cannot believe this! Narendra Jha passed away??!!! What the hell is going on? Sad, very very sad.. shot an entire tv show and a film with him and always thought he was one of the sweetest, most respectful n soft spoken actors around.. and talented to boot.. god bless his soul
— Rohit Roy (@rohitroy500) March 14, 2018
saddened on hearing about the demise of #Narendrajha my condolences to his family. Have some fond memories with him from Raees. RIP sir
— Ritesh Sidhwani (@ritesh_sid) March 14, 2018
Narendra Jha married Pankaja in 2015 in a quiet ceremony near Nashik.