#RIP Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Amitabh, Priyanka, Anil Kapoor, others express grief

The former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee left for the heavenly abode at 5.05 pm on August 16. He breathed his last at AIIMS.

Everyone expressed their sorrow over the death of Vajpayee. Our Bollywood celebrities also took to their social media account to express their grief.

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar wrote, "Rishitulya purva pradhan mantri Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji ke swargwas ki vaarta sunke mujhe aise laga jaise mere sar par pahaad toota hai, kyo ki main unko pita samaan maanti thi aur unhone mujhe apni beti banaaya tha.Mujhe wo itne priya the ki main unko dadda kehke bulaati thi.Aaj mujhe waisa dukh hua hai jaise mere pita ji ke swargwas ke samay hua tha.Ishwar unki aatma ko shanti de."

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra said, "Former Prime Minister Shri #AtalBihariVajpayee's visionary ideas and contributions for India were truly remarkable. The nation will always remember... #RIP My thoughts and condolences to the family."

Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi tweeted, "A true legend, respected statesman, phenomenal poet, tall leader beyond stature, respected by even his strongest critics and rivals...#Atalji passes on. Leaving behind a legacy of greatness that will inspire generations forever! #AtalBihariVajpayee"

Tamil star Dhanush wrote, "Deeply saddened to hear about the passing away of Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. Heartfelt condolences to the family and dear ones of the great man."

Superstar Rajinikanth tweeted, "I'm saddened to hear the demise of a great statesman Shri.Vajpayee ji. May his soul Rest In Peace."

Baahubali director SS Rajamouli wrote, "One of the few statesman who brought dignity and esteem to politics. His dream and steadfast application of Road connectivity changed and continues to change millions of lives in our country. Bowing with respect to our beloved leader #AtalBihariVajpayee ji."

Actor Boman Irani tweeted, "It is rare to find love and respect across the entire politcal spectrum. Atalji, was the rarest of them all. Alvida #AtalBihariVajpayee."

Anil Kapoor posted, "Today, our country lost a visionary leader & I lost one of my childhood idols...The passing of #AtalBihariVajpayeeji is even more saddening in light of all that he inspired & accomplished in his time with us. My deepest respect & condolences to his family..."

Actor John Abraham also tweeted, "For me he was one of India’s greatest leaders loved and respected by all. He will be missed. RIP #AtalBihariVajpayee"

Actress Dia Mirza took to her official Twitter handle and said, " Let no one challenge India's secularism.” - Atal Bihari Vajpayee #Salute #Respect Growing up in India in the 1980’s and 90’s one can never forget what a deep impact #AtalBihariVaajpayee ji made on us... he was a great statesman and leader. #RIP."

Actor Suniel Shetty said in his tweet, "India loses a GEM! Leaving behind a legacy of greatness that will inspire generations forever! #AtalBihariVajpayee"

Arjun Kapoor said, "Heartfelt condolences to #AtalBihariVajpayee ji's family and dear ones. May his soul rest in peace."

Parineeti Chopra tweeted, "My growing up years were spent under the country leadership of #AtalBihariVajpayee. And so for me, all memories of any prime minister are always compared to him !! He's going to live forever in our hearts."

Actor Sanjay Dutt expressed his grief saying, "Indeed a big loss for our country as we pay our last tribute to #AtalBihariVajpayee ji. He was a close family friend and his legacy will forever be remembered. Thank you for your selfless service, sir! My heartfelt condolence to everyone."

Actress Huma Qureshi paid her respects for the former Prime Minister of India saying, " Respect always #AtalBihariVajpayee sir.... RIP"

Bollywood actress Payal Rohatgi took to Twitter to pay her respects to the former Prime Minister and tweeted, "Respect can’t be demanded. It has to be Earned. ??????????? #AtalBihariVaajpayee The former PM of India whose life just proved that. For him the whole #India was his #family. May his soul rest in peace. RIP."

Bollywood actress Koena Mitra also tweeted saying, "True statesman, who ushered India into 21st century as a Nuclear Power. A Beautiful Soul, Poet, Fierce Leader. Rest in peace Sir. #AtalBihariVaajpayee #RIP."

Adnan Sami expressed his grief over the passing away of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and tweeted, "Extremely saddened to learn of the passing away of former Prime Minister Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. Apart from being one of the greatest statesman India has seen, he was a great man of ‘Peace’. He spread love everywhere he went... May he rest in peace. #AtalBihariVaajpayee."