Nirmal Pandey who came in picture with the film “Bandit Queen” died of a heart attack this Thursday and the whole film industry is mourning for him. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan said that he would have loved to work more with Nirmal, while veteran actor Anupam Kher says he was fond of his "casual stance towards life".
SRK also posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter that "Will miss Nirmal Pandey. Great talent. May his soul rest in peace. Simple and a nice guy. Wonderfully quirky actor. Wish had worked with him more."
Nirmal was associated with London-based theatre group Tara, and did plays like "Heer Ranjha", and "Antigone". He also acted in around 125 plays. He got in fame from his big break in Shekhar Kapur's acclaimed film "Bandit Queen" (1996) and in the same year featured in Amol Palekar's "Daayra" and Sudhir Mishra's "Is Raat Ki Subah Nahi". In 1998, he did "Train To Pakistan" and next year featured in "Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain".
Anupam Kher, posted: "I'm so shocked and sad at the sudden death of Nirmal Pandey. He was a wonderful actor. I liked his casual stance towards life. Sad. RIP (rest in peace)."
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar says Pandey will always be remembered for his performances."Nirmal Pandey, who was a great actor and gave some memorable performances, passed away. He will always be there in our hearts... May his soul rest in peace,"
Riteish Deshmukh says "we lost a good actor" and
Lara Dutta has offered "condolences and prayers to his family".