Former External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj whose tweet was “I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime” about the scrapping of Article 370 is no more between us. This news not only saddened the political figures but the entire nation.
Swaraj, 67, breathed her last on the night of August 6, after suffering a cardiac arrest, at Delhi's AIIMS hospital. The moment triggered a huge outpouring of grief from the political, diplomatic, and the entertainment world.
Many people from the Indian film fraternity, including Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, Rishi Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor, Boman Irani, and Karan Johar have expressed grief over Swaraj's demise, calling her "an extraordinary leader."
Amitabh Bachchan wrote,
“T 3251 -
'मृदुभाषी, सम्मोहक वक्ता,
सुषमाजी जैसों का रिक्त स्थान कभी नहीं भरता।।' ~ Ef V”
Sanjay Dutt called her demise "a great loss" for the nation and wrote,
“RIP Sushma ji. Absolutely shocked and devastated to hear about her passing. She was always close to me and was extremely kind, since the early days. My heartfelt condolences to the family & our entire nation for this great loss.”
Actor Riteish Deshmukh tweeted,
“I had the good fortune of meeting #sushmaswaraj ji (Minister I&B) in 2001 when she visited #RamojiFilmCity where @geneliad & me were shooting for our debut film #TujheMeriKasam-she blessed us & wished us success, as newcomers it energised & encouraged us-ThkYou for your grace mam”
Lata Mangeshkar wrote,
“Deeply shocked and saddened to hear about Sushma Swaraj ji’s sudden demise.
A graceful and honest leader, a sensitive and selfless soul, a keen understanding of music and poetry and a dear friend. Our former external minister will be remembered fondly.”
Boman Irani tweeted,
“A force of nature she was. Too young to go. Saddened to hear this untimely news. A nation’s loss.SushmaSwaraj #RIPSushmaSwaraj”
Shabana Azmi wrote,
“Deeply saddened that Sushma Swaraj has passed away.Inspite of political differences we had an extremely cordial relationship. I was 1 of her Navratans as she called us during her I and B ministership and she gave industry status to film. Articulate sharp and accessible. RIP”
Javed Akhtar wrote,
“Deeply saddened by Sushma ji’s demise.The Music Fraternity will be indebted to her for magnificent defence of their rights in the Lok Sabha. You were an exceptional person Sushmaji. We will always remain thankful to you.”
Rishi Kapoor tweeted,
“RIP. Sushma Swaraj ji.”
Arjun Kapoor wrote,
“India has lost its extraordinary leader, minister and personality.. May God bless her soul 🙏 #SushmaSwaraj”
Dia Mirza wrote,
“Deeply saddened...#SushmaSwaraj ji is and will always be remembered as one of the most respected and beloved leaders of our country. Her speeches in parliament, her empathy, her spirit, her kindness... what a remarkable and amazing human being. #RIPSushmaSwarajJi”
Anil Kapoor wrote,
“It's with a heavy heart that we bid goodbye to the fierce leader and exceptional human being that was @SushmaSwaraj ji. Her loss will be felt deeply by the whole nation as we keep the memory of her leadership & wisdom alive in our hearts...RIP Iron Lady 🙏”
Akshay Kumar wrote,
“Extremely sad to hear about the passing away of #SushmaSwaraj ji...she was such a dynamic leader, someone who was unanimously admired and respected by all. My thoughts and prayers with her family. May her soul rest in peace 🙏🏻”
Here are other celebrities who paid tribute to Sushma Ji.
We will miss you, Sushma Ji. Rest In Peace