Bollywood actor and dance master Veeru Krishnan passed away on Saturday in Mumbai.
He was best known for his roles in Akele Hum Akele Tum, Raja Hindustani and Ishq.
“Teejay and I were very, very close to Veeruji. We used to only call him Guru ji. I met him like two weeks back before we left. I would always scream “Guru dev ki jai ho” and he loved it. We really loved each other so much. He was our mother. I think he was one of the last of his kind – the original Kathak teachers. We learned like four years of Kathak at a stretch with him. I would never forget. He would teach us not only about Kathak but the way of life and the way to deal with people in this industry. Kathak taught you that. Kathak also taught you how to deal with people. He loved me as a man learning Kathak. He was so impressed. I was so happy to learn this dance form also. I can’t believe that he is not going to be in this world. We are in Canada right now. We only recently talked about putting Vienna and Raya in Guruji’s Kathak classes once we come back later this month. Man, I am going to miss him so much,” Karanvir Bohra told indianexpress.com.
Bollywood celebrities took to Twitter to offer their condolences.
Priyanka Chopra shared on Twitter, “You taught me to dance when I was two left feet. Your patience and passion for dance was so infectious that each one of us not only learned Kathak, but so much more from you. You will always be remembered Guruji. 🙏 #panditveerukrishnan”
Athiya Shetty tweeted, “omg, so sad and shocked to hear this. RIP guruji ✨ thank you for teaching us— hard work, discipline and to truly love the form of Kathak.”