Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on Thursday at the age of 93 after his condition deteriorated over the last few days, following a 9-week-admission at AIIMS in New Delhi. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart was one of the most respected and adored leaders in the country, and is likely to always be remembered, at the very least, as the first non-Congress PM to complete a full term and the man under whose leadership India became a full-fledged Nuclear state.
Political persons from across the spectrum, prominent personalities, foreign nations and people from all walks of life have been paying tribute since the former Prime Minister's demise and among those who have mourned the loss is Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher. He took to Twitter to express his grief, and dedicated an emotional poem for Vajpayee. His message read, "Thank you #AtalBihariVaajpayeeJi for your LIFE and your LESSONS. #TallestLeaderOfIndia"
"Joojhne ka mera iraada na tha, mod par milenge iska vaada na tha. Raasta rok kar vo khadi ho gai, yuun laga zindagi se badi ho gai," he recited.
Anupam's peers in the industry also paid their tributes to the former PM. From music composer-turned-singer, Vishal Dadlani to singer Adnan Sami, Bollywood celebrities took to their official Twitter handles to pay their respects to India's 10th Prime Minister.
Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan paid his respects to Vajpayee and said that his father Harivanshrai Bachchan admired Vajpayee's work and Vajpayee admired his father's work. The 'Brahmastra' actor took to Twitter and said, "T 2902 - Atal Bihari Vajpai (1924 - 2018 ) भावपूर्ण श्रधांजलि ; एक महान नेता , प्रख्यात कवि , अद्भुत वक्ता व प्रवक्ता , मिलनसार व्यक्तित्व । बाबूजी के प्रशंसक , और बाबूजी उनके .. An admirer of my Father's works and vice versa ; gentle nature, strong fiery in his speeches."
Remembering the 'good old days', veteran actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha shared a rare picture with the late former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and captioned it as, "What lovely memories! What a colossus! बस यादें रह जाती हैं।। RIP Atal Ji."
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan also shared a heartfelt note about Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Talking about his meeting with the late former Prime Minister, Khan said that they spent a lot of time discussing poetry, films, politics and their ailing knees. The 'Dilwale' star added a picture to his tweet with a note describing his meeting with Vajpayee and captioned it as, "For The Poet Prime Minister of our country, love you Baapji...https://youtu.be/2Im6b_jFuO4 ."
Actor Hrithik Roshan mentioned about the times he met Vajpayee and tweeted, "Met Atalji a few times in my life. Each time was special. I remember him as an extremely kind-hearted man. May his soul rest in peace. #RIPAtalBihariVaajpayee."
'Dil Dhadakne Do' actor Farhan Akhtar remembered the former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a warm and approachable human being and as one of India's greatest leaders. Farhan took to his official Twitter handle and tweeted, "RIP #AtalBihariVaajpayeeJi .. you will be remembered as one of India’s greatest leaders, as an exemplary statesman, as a tour de force for peace and unity and most of all as a genuine, warm, approachable human being."