Shankar R Dixit, who is the father of Bollywood megastar Madhuri Dixit sadly died on Friday morning at the age of 91. Mr. Dixit died in his sleep whilst his family was by his side. In a statement to the Indian media, Madhuri mentioned the following about her father’s passing. “We’ll miss him but we know he lived a full life. We thank all those who have offered their condolences and prayers.”
Reportedly, Madhuri’s family had been informed by the doctors about Mr Dixit’s deteriorating health, and Madhuri was going to leave from the shoot of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 finale. Priyanka Chopra was to perform a medley of Madhuri’s numbers as a tribute to her. But Madhuri made it for the shoot on Thursday.
A source told us, “Madhuri will not be shooting for the rest half of the finale episode. Her performance has also been called off.”
Madhuri also took to Twitter to thank her fans for their support during this difficult time for her and the rest of her family. “Wanted to thank everyone for all your support at this difficult time. My dad was amazing and we will miss him.” In another tweet, she stated, “his memory will live on in the hearts of his 4 kids and 7 grand kids. And our successes are his successes.”
The Dixit family have organised a prayer meet in memory of Shankar Dixit in Juhu tomorrow for family and close friends.
We offer our deepest condolences and strength to the actress and her family.
With contributions by Bodrul Chaudhury and Samreen Tungekar