Actor Abhishek Bachchan on Sunday penned an emotional tribute to filmmaker Sanjay Gadhvi with whom he had worked on two films -- Dhoom and Dhoom 2.
The actor, who played the role of assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Jai Dixit in both movies, wrote that he was shocked to hear the news of Gadvi's death.
"I took this photo of Sanjay whilst we were filming the climax of Dhoom 2 in South Africa. We made 2 films together - Dhoom and Dhoom 2," Abhishek Bachchan wrote on X, formerly Twitter, and shared two pictures.
"Sanju, when I spoke to you last week and we were reminiscing about our shoots and memories I would never have imagined even in my craziest dreams that I would have to write a post like this. I’m shocked beyond belief," the actor added.
The junior Bachchan said he would always cherish Sanjay Gadhvi for having faith in him and helping him deliver his first hit film. "You had faith in me, even when I didn’t. You gave me my first-ever hit!!! I can never ever forget that or be able to express what it meant to me. I will cherish your friendship always. Rest in peace, my brother," he wrote.
I took this photo of Sanjay whilst we were filming the climax of Dhoom 2 in South Africa. We made 2 films together - Dhoom and Dhoom 2. Sanju, when I spoke to you last week and we were reminiscing about our shoots and memories I would never have imagined even in my craziest… pic.twitter.com/zHvoy3FVVl
— Abhishek (@juniorbachchan) November 19, 2023
Sanjay Gadhvi died on Sunday morning at his home in Mumbai. He was 56 and only three days shy of his 57th birthday. According to Gadhvi's daughter, the director was "perfectly healthy". He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
In a statement shared on X, the studio said the "magic Gadhvi created on the screen will be cherished forever". "May his soul rest in peace. #SanjayGadhvi," it added.
Gadhvi made his directorial debut in 2000 with Tere Liye, which he followed up with 2002's Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, his first project with Yash Raj Films (YRF). He gained prominence with his third directorial, the stylish action thriller Dhoom, which made motorbiking a rage among Indian youth in the early 2000s.