The Quiet Genius of Neeraj Vora

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The Quiet Genius of Neeraj Vora

Illustration: Palak Bansal


f you woke up this morning to frantically google “Neeraj Vora”, you’re in solid company. We too wondered why a nearly unknown entity should be making the news. Then we recognised him as that guy from that movie.

Neeraj Vora was a multi-hyphenate: An actor, director, and writer, and he passed away today at 54, after being in a coma for the last one year. In his acting career, Vora appeared in some of our favourite films: Right from playing Aamir Khan’s best friend in Mann and having us in splits with his slapstick comic timing to playing the drunk producer who tries convincing Urmila Matondkar that he gave a break to all of Bollywood’s leading actresses in Rangeela. Vora’s turn as the idiotic village lead Chacko, in the severely underrated Daud, stood out for its impeccable comic timing. Equally fun was his portrayal of a perverted music composer in Satya.