Istanbul nightclub attack: Bollywood pays tribute to Abis Rizvi

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor

Abis Rizvi
Abis Rizvi

Following the news of the horrific Istanbul nightclub attack, it has emerged that Bollywood film producer and CEO of Rizvi Builders, Abis Rizvi was among the 39 killed.

Reported in DNA India, news of Rizvi’s death soon broke and tributes have been flooding in from the film industry. Actor Raza Murad vented his anger of the attack and the demise of his friend. “The perpetrators of this attack should not only be condemned. They should also be shot at. Rizvi, a budding filmmaker, what was his fault, why was he shot at. This is extremely unfortunate his death is a loss to this industry,” Murad told ANI.

Javed Jaffery also shared his grief saying, “Devastated by the death of my friend #AbisRizvi in the dastardly terrorist attack this morning in an #Istanbul nightclub (sic).”

Pooja Bhatt, Madhur Bhandarkar, Poonam Dhillon, Shama Sikander and others also took to social media to express their loss of a friend.

The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, announced that two Indian nationals were killed in the terror attack, Rizvi and Ms Kushi Shah from Gujarat. “I have a bad news from Turkey. We have lost two Indian nationals in the Istanbul attack. Indian Ambassador is on way to Istanbul. The victims are Mr. Abis Rizvi son of former Rajya Sabha MP and Ms. Khushi Shah from Gujarat,” Swaraj tweeted.

Sawarj added that he was making arrangements for Rizvi’s parents to fly out to Istanbull, “I have just spoken to Mr.Akhtar Hassan Rizvi father of Abis Rizvi. He and Mrs Rizvi also want to go to Istanbul. We r organising their Visa. I have also spoken to Shri Ashok Shah father of Ms.Khushi Shah and conveyed our condolences (sic).”

Swaraj said she has asked Indian Ambassador in Turkey, Rahul Kulshreshth, to receive the families at the airport and make all arrangements.