Film producer Abis Rizvi killed in Istanbul attack; Bollywood mourns


Real estate tycoon and film producer Abis Rizvi was among the two Indians killed in the dastardly attacks at an Istanbul nightclub early on New Year day. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj broke the news by tweeting, “I have a bad news from Turkey. We have lost two Indian nationals in the Istanbul attack. Indian Ambassador is on way to Istanbul. The victims are Mr. Abis Rizvi, son of former Rajya Sabha MP, and Ms. Khushi Shah from Gujarat.”

Mumbai-based Rizvi, 49, had recently produced a movie ‘Roar: The Tigers of Sundarbans’ in 2014. His unreleased projects include ‘He-Man’ and ‘T for Tajmahal’. He was ushering in the New Year at the popular Reina nightclub with his friends when an unidentified gunman dressed as Santa Claus, opened fire killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 40 others.   

As soon as the news of Rizvi’s death spread, his friends and Bollywood personalities poured out their grief and condolences, while expressing shock and anger.

Veteran Bollywood actor Raza Murad told ANI, “The perpetrators of this attack should not only be condemned. They should also be shot at. Rizvi, a budding filmmaker, whose film 'Roar' is set to release, what was his fault, why was he shot at. This is extremely unfortunate his death is a loss to this industry."

Director Madhur Bhandarkar took to Twitter and shared a picture of him with Abis, and wrote, “Shocked by the news of losing one of my long time & dearest friend, Abis Rizvi, in the shootout in Istanbul. Will miss you my friend. RIP.”

Actress Raveena Tandon, a close friend of Abis, in a series of tweets wrote, “Abis,We shall miss you RIP my dearest friend. We love you. You  leave a deep gap in our hearts & lives ..#terrorattackistanbul What one thinks,plans,does, all taken away in a moment,by sum crazed fanatical madmen.To all terror sympathisers,apologists.Burn in HELL #istanbulterrorattack. #RipAbis ... Love you !!! may you be happy Abis , whichever heaven you are in..you beautiful charmer soul you...”

Both Madhur Bhandarkar and Raveena were also spotted at Rizvi’s Bandra residence.

Javed Jaffery wrote, “Devastated by the death of my friend #AbisRizvi in the dastardly terrorist attack this morning in an #Istanbul nightclub.”

Actor Randeep Hooda tweeted, “Shocking .. Life is too short, we take too much for granted.. #RIP #AbisRizvi .. Good man.. My condolences to the family #istanbulattack.”

“Life is too short to be taken for granted. R.I.P #AbisRizvi,” tweeted Govinda.

Another close friend of Abis, actress-turned-filmmaker tweeted, “Devastated to hear that our friend #AbisRizvi was shot dead in the Istanbul nightclub attack. My heart goes out to his family. RIP.”