Actor Abhishek Bachchan on Sunday paid tribute to filmmaker Sanjay Gadhvi, who had directed him in the actor’s biggest hits of his career, Dhoom and Dhoom 2. Gadhvi passed away at the age of 57 following a cardiac arrest.
Abhishek took to Instagram and posted two pictures of Sanjay Gadhvi from the shoot of Dhoom 2. The actor revealed that he had spoken to the director just last week and could have never imagined he would be writing a post like this for him.
“I took this photo of Sanjay whilst we were filming the climax of Dhoom 2 in South Africa. We made 2 films together – Dhoom and Dhoom 2. Sanju, when I spoke to you last week and we were reminiscing about our shoots and memories I would never have imagined even in my craziest dreams that I would have to write a post like this,” he wrote.
The actor said Gadhvi’s death had shocked him “beyond belief” and recalled how the filmmaker had faith in him even when Abhishek himself didn’t.
“I’m shocked beyond belief. 💔 You had faith in me, even when I didn’t. You gave me my first ever hit!!! I can never ever forget that or be able express what it meant to me. I will cherish your friendship always. Rest in peace my brother,” he added.
Filmmaker Boney Kapoor told indianexpress.com that Gadhvi was at his house and collapsed after suffering a heart attack. He died at 8.45 am. After a low-key start in 2001 with Tere Liye, Sanjay Gadhvi got his directorial breakthrough with Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai. The Yash Raj Films production led him to his career defining film, Dhoom.
The 2004 actioner was Abhishek Bachchan’s first box office hit and also starred Uday Chopra and John Abraham. He also directed its sequel, Dhoom 2, which featured Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. He last directed Operation Parindey for ZEE5, which marked his digital debut.