Nirmal Pandey no more

MUMBAI: Nirmal Pandey, known for his role of Vikram Mallah in Bandit Queen, died in the morning of February 18 following a massive heart attack. He was 48 years old.

He is survived by his wife Archana Pandey.

Nirmal’s Lahore is releasing on February 19 and director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan says he was shocked to hear the news.

“I just got to know from Sushant Singh that he is no more and I’m rushing to the hospital... I had a word with him two days ago and he was supposed to come tomorrow to shoot the making of Lahore alongside Sushant, Saurabh Shukla and Mukesh Rishi,” Chauhan said.

“He plays a softhearted Pakistani Anwar Sheikh in the movie. He has a very meaty and powerful role in the movie. But unfortunately, I will not be able to show him the film,” he added. A National School of Drama alumnus, Nirmal began his career with theatre. He was associated with London-based theatre group, Tara, and did plays like Heer Ranjha, and Antigone. In

his career he acted in around 125 plays.