In the early hours of New Year’s Day in Istanbul, a terrorist dressed as Santa Claus fired over 100 shots in Reina nightclub, killing at least 39 people and injuring 40. Among those killed was 49-year-old Bollywood producer and entrepreneur Abis Rizvi, who was on holiday in Turkey with friends.
Real estate tycoon and film producer Abis Rizvi’s death left his friends from Bollywood hell shocked. Many took to Twitter to express their anger and condolences.
Actor Randeep Hooda wrote, “Shocking .. Life is too short, we take too much for granted.. #RIP #AbisRizvi .. Good man.. My condolences to the family ? #istanbulattack.”
His second production was He-Man, a documentary following India’s only professional body-builder. Actor and director Puneet Issar, who spoke to Rizvi only hours before the attack, told news organizations that the pair had watched a rough cut of the film on Christmas Eve.
A third film, coming-of-age drama T for Taj Mahal, is still in production and was slated for release in March.
Director Madhur Bhandarkar wrote, “Shocked by the news of losing one of my long time & dearest friend, Abis Rizvi, in the shootout in Istanbul. Will miss you, my friend. RIP.”
With a focus on philanthropy, Rizvi’s business interests also saw him expand into education, building and managing colleges in Mumbai, Allahabad, and Jaunpur, as well as developing technology products.
He continued to live in Mumbai until his death and left behind a wife and son.