B-town mourns legendary Omar Sharif’s demise

Mumbai, July 11 (IANS) Celebrities like Anupam Kher, Madhur Bhandarkar and Randeep Hooda took to Twitter to mourn the death of Egyptian-born actor Omar Sharif. While some remembered him as a “true gentleman”, there are others who called him the “towering personality.”

Sharif , who came into the limelight with his role in David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” and the lead role in “Doctor Zhivago”, died of a cardiac arrest on Friday, aged 83.

Remembering his unmatched journey in the entertainment industry, many Bollywood celebrities took to micro-blogging site Twitter to offer condolence on his death. Here’s what they tweeted:

Anupam Kher: With Omar Sharif’s passing away, kindness of emotions & warmth of heart has also moved away from cinema. RIP Dost

Madhur Bhandarkar: Saddened to hear about the demise of Omar Sharif. Talented actor & a towering personality, a rare combination. R.I.P sir.

Shekhar Kapur: The greatest movie introduction of all time. Dont make stars/films like that anymore #RIPOmarSharif #LawrenceOfArabia

Raveena Tandon: Rip Omar Sharif

Randeep Hooda: RIP #OmarSharif.Superstar, Gentleman,Icon.An”Arab”who never let his voice or image be misused by idiots. Marhabaaaa!

Kabir Bedi: In all my films with OMAR SHARIF – “Ashanti”, “Beyond Justice” and “Lie Down with Lions”- he LOVED planning food for his dinner guests. RIP.

Anup Soni: Legendary actor Omar Sharif no more… RIP sir…. #LawrenceOfArabia

Ashoke Pandit: The legend #OmarSharif passes away. I bow down & salute him for being one of the finest actors in the world. RIP.

Born Michel Demetri Chalhoub on April 10, 1932 in a Catholic family of Lebanese descent, Sharif started his career in Egyptian films in 1953 with “Sira Fi al-Wadi” (“The Blazing Sun”) opposite leading actress Faten Hamama, whom he married in 1954 after converting to Islam.

He worked in over 20 films before being approached for the role of Sharif Ali in “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) which was his first Hollywood movie.

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