Mumbai: Veteran journalist and Mallika Dua’s father, Vinod Dua, 67, breathed his last on Saturday . Confirming the loss, Mallika took to her social media and penned down a long note alongside a photo of her father.
In the long note, Mallika wrote, “There will never be another like you. My first and best friend. My Papaji. Very few live as large and glorious a life as you did. Always up for a good time. Always ready for a challenge. Loved a good fight 🤣. Always there for his children. A self made, lion-hearted legend who roared in rebellion till his last breath. He feared nothing, least of all death. Thank you for being the BEST dad in the world. I’m sure you and mama are eating chapli kebab and discussing “mallika itna kyun ladti hai sabse. Kaise manage karegi 🤣”.
“The most courageous, irreverent , compassionate and funny man I know. What a guy. An ordinary boy born in Nabi Karim who took on the high and mighty and won, till the end. Padmashree Vinod Dua. Even at your weakest, you gave Indian Journalism a landmark judgment. Journalists in India can no longer be randomly slapped with a sedition case because Vinod Dua fought that fight for them, as he always has. Heaven is just so fucking lucky, it has my whole entire life. We won’t live in fear and grief forever. We will live with pride and gratitude because look at the extraordinary parents we got. I wouldn’t trade my destiny for anything. It gave me Vinod and Chinna. Nobody gets double lucky. Bohot Umda 🤗” she added.
As soon as his Mallika shared the post, celebs from the B-town rushed to the comment section and extended support and condolences to the actor-comedian’s family. Actor Vicky Kaushal commented, “Love and strength to you Mallika”. “Love and condolences” added Farhan Akhtar. While, Dia Mirza said, “Love and strength to you and your family Mallika Deepest Condolences. Respect.”
Richa Chadha replied, “I was so caught up in mourning the loss of your father, I didn’t realise the icon India has lost today. The air was heavy since yesterday. It’s tough. Very tough. My heart goes out to you and Bakul. Who told God to give you this 6 month crash course in adulting? It sucks. Glad I got to meet him recently and share a few laughs. That’s how I’ll remember your folks – laughing, as I do hope they are from the heavens. You’ve been a good daughter Mallika. They’re proud of you.”
Shweta Bachchan, Zoya Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sonali Bendre, Gauahar Khan and others also dropped similar comments while praying for the mourning family and the departed soul.