Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu put out a Tweet this afternoon, condoling the death of veteran sharpshooter Chandro Tomar, fondly known as one half of the Shooter Dadi duo. The 89-year-old passed away in a hospital in Meerut following COVID-19 related complications. She hospitalised after she complained of difficulty in breathing a few days ago.
Talking to Bombay Times, Taapsee said, “Bhumi and I met them at Phantom Films’ office, a few months before we started shooting and probably a few days before the film was officially announced. Bhumi and I were at the entrance of the office, waiting for them. They were stars for us. From whatever we knew and had learned about them, we had already placed them on a pedestal in our minds. We were like two fan girls ready to meet them. That entire day was spent taking pictures and just talking to them, understanding what they did, how and why. We were curious to know how they felt about their struggle in the current times. I can’t believe Chandro Dadi is no more. The last time I met her was at a hospital in Delhi before the pandemic hit us. She was admitted because she had some issues with her lungs. She had difficulty in breathing. She was really unwell but she came back, she fought her way through it all. I spent hours with her and it was overwhelming that even in that condition, she had reacted to my presence. I stayed in touch with her grand-daughter Shefali and made it a point to get health updates about her. In the last one year, I have just travelled to Delhi after my grandmother’s demise. I could not drive to Bagpat at that time. Shefali had informed me about Dadi’s COVID diagnosis. We all thought she will fight back this time, too. She was responding well to medicines but her health suddenly went downhill. I actually for some reason thought she can never give up and she will come back, this time as well. I can’t fathom that she is no more; she is someone who never gave up.”