Sunil Shetty’s father Veerapa Shetty passed away at 93, yesterday in Mumbai. He breathed his last at 1.30 AM on March 1, at Breach Candy Hospital. His last rites took place later in the day, and many of Sunil’s industry friends and well wishers visited to pay their condolences.
Mahima Chaudhary who is a good friend of the Shetty family, and has worked with Suniel in movies like Dhadkan, Yeh Tera Ghar etc, was there to pay her respect. Seh arrived with Sonu Sood. Abhishek Bachchan was also their to pay his condolences. Suniel’s good friend Jackie Shroff was present with him during this sad time. Shah Rukh Khan also visited the family at their residence.
Athiya Shetty is unable to to attend her grandfather’s funeral, as she is in London, busy with her professional commitments. Her brother Ahaan Shetty is present with his family.
In an interview to HT in 2013, Suniel Shetty had called his father his real hero. He was present in Worli to launch his showroom in a building, he said he shared a special attachment with. He reminisced, “This is where my father, Veerappa Shetty, used to work. He used to clean plates here since he worked as a waiting boy at a restaurant. My father is my real hero. He started working at the age of nine. He used to sleep on flattened mustard sacks and used a rolled-up gunny bag as a pillow.”
Veerappa Shetty had suffered a massive paralytic stroke in 2013 and Suniel Shetty had set up an ICU at his south Mumbai residence for him. “I haven’t had a proper night’s sleep for three months now. It’s a very mixed kind of feeling for me. On one hand, my daughter Athiya is getting ready for her film career. On the other hand my father is very unwell. So the excitement of Aathiya’s debut is sadly diminished. At the moment we’re all focusing on looking after my father.” he said while talking to The Indian Express.