PM Modi condoles Veeru Devgan's death, says its a 'great loss for the industry'

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New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Jun 03, 2019, 11:30 AM IST
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He went on to praise Devgan's work as a stuntman "in an era of no visual effects".

Prime Minister Modi on Sunday condoled the death of Ajay Devgn's father, Veeru Devgan who served as Bollywood's renowned stunt director. He called his death a "great loss to the industry" in an official letter.

Ajay Devgn shared the letter to his mother Veena Devgan on Twitter.

The letter started with, "I am deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Shri Veeru Devgan who was widely respected for his outstanding work across various domains in the Hindi film industry. This is a great loss for the industry.”

It went on to praise Veeru for his work as a stuntman, action choreographer, director, producer and more. Modi wrote, "This is the sign of a man who completely dedicated himself to his chosen field and hence, kept discovering new ways of contributing to it."

He went on to praise Devgan's work as a stuntman "in an era of no visual effects".

"There is something deeply moving about people like Shri Devgan who took great personal risks to enthrall audiences in an era of no 'visual effects', knowing well that the glory of taking those risks would not be credited to them. It is said that great things can be achieved if we do not care who gets the credit but concentrate on doing the best we can," Modi wrote. 

He added, "He was known for his personal daredevilry, for pushing the limits as an action choreographer as well as for being meticulous about the safety of his team. Shri Devgn lived this ideal and his contributions to the film industry will be remembered forever. "

"May he continue to inspire risk-takers in the world, because it is those who take risks that define the direction our world takes. Om Shanti to the departed soul."

As Ajay shared the letter and wrote, "My mother and the entire Devgan family are deeply touched and humbled in silence by this thoughtful gesture from our honourable Prime Minister @narendramodi. Thank you, sir."


Many celebrities came to pay their respects at the Devgn residence and also at the prayer meet. See pictures. 

Veeru was suffering from breathing problems. He died of a cardiac arrest on May 27. He choreographed action scenes in more than 80 films.