Mumbai: Many of eminent names of the cinema industry expressed grief over the demise of former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh. His son, Riteish Deshmukh and wife Genelia D'souza (Vilasrao's daughter-in-law) are actors in Bollywood. The film fraternity passed condolences to the Deshmukh family.
Shah Rukh Khan mourned the death of Vilasrao Deshmukh. "I'm feeling very sorry. I have known him for years. Riteish is a close friend of mine. I spoke to him. I am very sad, it is very unexpected," Shah Rukh said on the sidelines of an event here. "He was a wonderful gentleman, apart from being the chief minister. He was a very wonderful person. My respects to the family. I am deeply disturbed," added the 46-year-old.
Celebrities extended condolences to the bereaved family through twitter.
Heartfelt Condolences dear @riteishd and the entire Deshmukh family..prayers and strength to you.
The man who had Mumbai's Shanghai dream is no more. RIP Vilasrao Deshmukh ji, a visionary and the father of my dear friend @Riteishd. May God give you strength.
RIP Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
R.I.P Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh. Heartfelt condolences to @riteishd & the entire family. I pray God gives them strength to bear this grt loss.
Sorry to hear that Vilasrao Deshmukh has passed away. Our condolences go out to his family.
RIP Vilasrao sir. Thoughts and prayers with the family... love you Riteish, all the strength and all the courage.
Deepest condolences to the family of Mr.Vilasrao Deshmukh. Praying they find the strength to face this terrible loss.
RIP Vilasrao Deshmukh sir! Strength to you Riteish and family! Extremely sad news!
This is just so sad... My heart goes out to the entire Deshmukh family.
Rest in peace Vilasrao Deshmukh. Condolences to the bereaved family, Riteish and (his wife) Genelia, words cannot express the shock and grief we (are) feeling.
RIP Vilasraoji. May god give strength to the family to overcome this grief.
Prayers for Vilasrao Deshmukh strength to the family.
Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh. Prayers and peace to Riteish and the whole family.
RIP Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh. I wish Riteish and his family, strength and forbearance to cope with this tragic loss.
Union minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh passed away at 67 in a Chennai hospital on Tuesday following prolonged illness. The Hindi film fraternity wished peace to the departed soul and strength to the late minister's family, including his actor-son Riteish. Vilasrao is survived by his wife and three sons.