Noted film critic Rashid Irani was found dead at his residence on Monday. He was 74 years old. Irani was suffering from several health issues and lived alone. According to her close friend Rafiq Ilyas, Irani may have breathed her last on July 30 at her home in Dhobitlawo near south Mumbai.
Ilyas said, “This is very sad news. He must have died while taking a bath on Friday morning as he was found in the bathroom. Since Friday, he has not been seen at the Press Club or the place where he usually takes breakfast.
He said, “We were all thinking that he had gone out of town, so we waited in the hope that he would be back on Sunday night. But today we are worried. We called the police and broke the door.”
Rashid Irani, 74, one of the country's foremost film critics, passed away probably on 30 July at home. He was not seen for 2-3 days; a search by friends, club officials and police led to his home, where his mortal remains were found. #Rashidirani pic.twitter.com/vGsi2KCzxW— Mumbai Press Club (@mumbaipressclub) August 2, 2021
According to Ilyas, Irani’s health was not well and she also had Covid last year. The official social media account of Mumbai Press Club also tweeted and informed about Irani’s death.
Rest in peace Rashid….I remember all our interactions and conversations so fondly…. Your insight on Cinema will always be treasured…..🙏🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/kWTyaQpmn4— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 2, 2021
The critic has expressed grief over the news of the demise of Karan Johar. He wrote on Twitter, “May your soul rest in peace Rashid… I miss all our meeting and lovely conversations… your insights on cinema will always be precious.”