Rafiq Ilyas 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. According to Rafiq Ilyas, Rashid Irani’s health was not well and he also had Covidlast year.
The official social media account of Mumbai Press Club also tweeted and informed about the death of Rashid Irani. A statement issued by the Press Club said, “Rashid Irani, one of the foremost film critics of the country, passed away on 30 July at his home. He had not been seen for 2-3 days. His body was found at his house after a search by his friends, club officials and police. The club said that Irani used to write for The Times of India, Hindustan Times and website Scroll and was a pillar of the Mumbai Press Club Society.
Film personalities like director Karan Johar and Sudhir Mishra also paid tribute to the late critic. Karan Johar said Rashid Irani’s nuanced take on cinema will always be appreciated. He tweeted, ‘May Rashid’s soul rest in peace. I remember the moments spent with him. Recalling the days of the 1980s, Sudhir Mishra said that Rashid Irani was ‘the kind of Bombay resident I used to like’.
Last year, Rashid Irani said in an interview to Mid-Day that he was not able to meet people due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, making him feel lonely.