Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan revealed that he would discuss poetry, films, politics and his ailing knees with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Khan penned a heart-warming post on Twitter after the sad demise of Vajpayee today evening (August 16, 2018).
The superstar wrote, “My father use to take me for every speech that Mr. Vajpayee made in Delhi when I was growing up. Years on I had the opportunity to meet him and spend lots of time discussing poetry, films, politics and our ailing knees. I also had the privilege of enacting one of his poems for screen. He was fondly addressed as ‘Baapji’ at home. Today the country has lost a Father Figure and a great leader.”
Khan further added, “Personally I have lost a part of my childhood and growing up memories of learning smiling and of course poetry. I consider myself the luckiest to have had his influence on my life during my formative years. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Will miss your smiling face Baapji.”
The oldest living former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away today (August 16, 2018) at 5:05 pm while undergoing treatment at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 11 as he suffered with kidney tract infection, chest congestion, urinary tract infection and low urine output.
The 93-year-old veteran BJP leader was a diabetic, who was surviving only on one kidney. In 2009, the former prime minister had suffered a stroke that led him to weak cognitive abilities. Vajpayee, who had also developed dementia, was a recipient of Bharat Ratna, which he’d received at his residence on March 27, 2015.
Vajpayee was under the supervision of pulmonologist Dr Randeep Guleria, who’s currently the Director of AIIMS. Dr Guleria had served as a personal physician to Vajpayee for over three decades. Vajpayee is survived by adopted daughter Namita.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 16, 2018