Mumbai: Veteran actor Navin Nischol, best remembered as Balraj of popular TV series ‘Dekh Bhai Dekh’, died following a heart attack here Saturday morning. He was 65. Bollywood actors paid their respects on micro-blogging site Twitter.
"Navin Nischol was a good man. Aloof but helpful. We shared some nice moments during `Khosla ka Ghosla`. Sad he is no more. RIP," veteran star Anupam Kher posted.
Former beauty queen-turned-actress Diya Mirza, who shared screen space with Nischol once, wrote: "Actor Navin Nischol played my father in `Rehna Hain Tere Dil Mein`... Saddened by the news of his demise... RIP."
Nischol made a successful debut with ‘Sawan Bhadon’ in 1970 and went on to feature in several films like ‘Victoria No.203’, ‘Dhund’, ‘Chhalia’, ‘Parwana’, ‘Buddha Mil Gaya’, and later as character actor in ‘Major Saab’, ‘The Burning Train’, among others.
He was well respected in the industry.
"Very sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Navin Nischol. may his soul rest in peace. he will be missed (sic)," posted Abhishek Bachchan.
National award winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar wrote: "Sad to hear about the demise of Navin Nischol. Very good actor & a gr8 human being. The industry will miss him. May his soul rest in peace."
Actor Ashish Chowdhry said: "Mum had the biggest crush ever on Navin Nischol. Dad and her had the cutest quarrels over it. We`ll all miss him so much. Bless his handsome soul."