Bollywood and Tamil film stars pay tribute to Vivek

Veteran Tamil film star Vivek has passed away aged 59. Members of the film industry and beyond have taken to social media to pay tribute.

Bollywood and Tamil film stars pay tribute to Vivek f

“There will never be another like you sir."

Tributes have been pouring in for veteran Tamil actor Vivek, who passed away at the age of 59.

Vivek died in Chennai on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The actor suffered a cardiac arrest on Friday, April 16, 2021 at his home in Virugambakkam.

The actor starred in over 200 films over three decades, and was also a comedian, playback singer and social activist.

Vivek’s passing has shocked the Indian film and music industries.

Now, many have taken to social media to pay their last respects to the actor.

Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan paid tribute to Vivek on Twitter, and extended his condolences to those close to the late actor.

Bachchan said:

“Huge admirer of his work and sheer genius. We’ve lost a legend today. My condolences to Vivek sir’s family, friends and fans #RIPVivekSir”

Actress Genelia Deshmukh also paid tribute to Vivek, recalling the time she first met him.

She said:

“Dearest Vivek Sir, I met you when I did my first Tamil film and you were the most gracious person I have ever met…

“Thank You all the warmth and support you have always given so many actors like me, I will treasure my experience always #RIPVivekSir”

Tamil actor Rajinikanth took to Twitter to speak of the time he spent alongside Vivek in the action-comedy Sivaji.

Translated, he said:

“Chinna Kalaivaanar, social activist and my close friend Vivek’s demise has broken my heart. The days when I worked with him for the film Sivaji are unforgettable.

“My deepest condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.”

Actor Gautham Karthik also paid tribute to Vivek, noting his passion for preserving the environment.

Karthik said:

“Not able to believe this…He made us laugh, he educated us through his performances, he cared for this world and helped teach us how to take care of it.

“There will never be another like you sir. We will miss you.

“Rest in peace @Actor_Vivek sir #ripvivek”

As well as those from the film industry, many other prominent figures took to Twitter to pay their respects to Vivek.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged the late actor, and said:

“The untimely demise of noted actor Vivek has left many saddened. His comic timing and intelligent dialogues entertained people.

“Both in his films and his life, his concern for the environment and society shone through. Condolences to his family, friends and admirers.

“Om Shanti.”

Composer and musician A R Rahman paid his respects to Vivek also, referring to the established legacy he will leave behind.

Rahman said:

“@Actor_Vivek can’t believe you’ve left us…

“May you rest in peace…you’ve entertained us for decades…your legacy will stay with us”

Vivek’s funeral will take place on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

He is survived by his wife Arulselvi and two daughters.

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