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Veteran film critic Rashid Irani found dead at home
August 02, 2021

Rashid Irani, 74, one of the country's foremost film critics and senior Mumbai Press Club member, passed away probably on 30 July night at home.

He was not seen for 2-3 days; a search by friends, Press Club officials, and police led to his house, where his mortal remains were found.

He was one of the Press Club Film Society pillars and a core member of the club, who didn't miss a day at the media centre writing his reviews and watching films.

Rashid Irani was a long-time movie reviewer for leading newspapers like The Times of India and the Hindustan Times among others.

He was living alone at his Marine Lines residence in Mumbai.

He was a voracious reader and would spend most of his time watching movies and reading books.

He has a library of more than 5,000 books at his house.

Last year in an interview to Mid-Day, he said the lockdown has turned him into an automaton.

"Like most people, I am disoriented and have become borderline depressive. While I live alone, I do not thrive on this loneliness; I need human contact," he had said.
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