The television industry woke up to the shocking news of the demise of Nitesh Pandey, who recently gained a lot of love from audience for his fun-loving character in the high TRP rated show Anupama. The actor is expected to have passed away in Igatpuri, Maharashtra due to a cardiac arrest. While the news left the industry shocked, many took to social media to offer their condolences. Among them was Nakuul Mehta who shared a great camaraderie with Nitesh since the duo essayed the role of a fun-loving father and son in the Star Plus show Pyaar Ka Dard which also featured Disha Parmar.
Nakuul Mehta pens a heartfelt note for Pyaar Ka Dard co-star and late actor Nitesh Pandey
After coming across the news, Nakuul Mehta took to Instagram to share a long and heartfelt note as he expressed his grief of losing a friend, a great co-star and also extended his condolences. “Dear Nits, You took me under your wings from the get go! Spring of 2012 in Manali was spent shooting Pyar Ka Dard Hai, my first on Television, you made sure I accompanied you to dinner every night and insisted I drank some Old Monk to keep me warm and jolly! The next three years of being on a set with you laid the foundation of everything I learnt and built on.. To watch you act as effortlessly as you did, enjoy food and a good drink, ferociously nurture stay dogs, shit on modern medicine, always ready with a homeopathy pill for my incessant sore throats and sniffles, your mad sense of humour, your never ending encouragement, your pride in your craft, your vision for sustainable living, your retro Honda CRV, your giving nonchalant close ups in a suit jacket and shorts under the lightman’s thermocol, your joi de vivre, your Naks.. let’s get a drink man.. seems so palpable and recent…”
He added, “You my friend were a vibe, an energy and a talent which is amongst the best we have ever had in the business! Knowing you, I know you would insist that we celebrate you! I still remember you guffawing at the 2012 ‘me’ doing push-ups and running myself crazy before an emotional scene to get my blood pumping and emotion ready for a scene. I wish I did tell you that I secretly stole so much from you. So much of me on screen is just wanting to achieve the joy & melancholy you played with such lightness of being. Thank you, Nits <3 You will be loved and missed but I assure you that a large part of the beautiful you, I will continue to steal and bring to my performances.” He signed the note with his onscreen name Adi.”
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Besides him, earlier in the day, Disha Parmar too penned a post on her Instagram story saying, “RIP Pandey ji!! I cannot believe i am writing this... Rest in Peace!” Disha too essayed the character of Nitesh’s daughter-in-law in the show Pyaar Ka Dard. His onscreen wife on the show, Manasi Salve too posted on the platform adding, “Go well Pandey ji”.
Many other celebrities also took to social media to share their condolences:
Nitesh Pandey : 17 January 1973- 23 May 2023
Good bye sir ???? pic.twitter.com/LJgUY2BQGC
— “SuperGullu” (@gulshandevaiah) May 24, 2023
Got a chance to work with #NiteshPandey first years back on Kuch Toh Log Kahenge and recently again on Gyaarah Gyaarah. Effortless actor and an affable person. Truly shocked by his passing. Been thinking about the time I spent with him on shoot. Will miss him.????
— Kritika Kamra (@Kritika_Kamra) May 24, 2023
Shocked & Saddened by the sudden demise of dear #NiteshPandey part of my family. Gone too soon. A large hearted person and an immensely talented actor. In these difficult times prayers for the immediate family.
Om shanti ???????? https://t.co/YFSiO6h7sn
— Prasoon Joshi (@prasoonjoshi_) May 24, 2023
That’s such a sad news ! Rest in peace ???? https://t.co/8D5cNilAm7
— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) May 24, 2023
#NiteshPandey … gone too soon! Shocking! Rest in eternal peace ????????????
— rajeshwari sachdev (@rajeshwarisachd) May 24, 2023
Three young persons. Three actors. Passed away in a span of 3-4 days. Rest In Peace dear colleagues. This is such an unkind time. Prayers with their grieving families.#AdityaSinghRajput #VaibhaviUpadhyay#NiteshPandey
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) May 24, 2023
This can’t be true but it is. Friend, colleague and a talented actor Nitesh Pandey dies of cardiac arrest at 2am today in Igatpuri. Rest in peace Nitesh ????????
#Actor #Anupama pic.twitter.com/HJ6PB3BYz2
— DEVEN BHOJANI (@Deven_Bhojani) May 24, 2023
Sad to know about the sudden demise of Nitesh Pandey a brilliant actor and a fun loving person due to cardiac arrest at Igatpuri .
His demise is a great loss to the film and Tv industry.
My heartfelt condolences to his entire family and near ones .
Om shanti .
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) May 24, 2023
Also Read: Nitesh Pandey passes away: Anupamaa co-star Rupali Ganguly is devastated; says, “We had made plans”
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