Istanbul nightclub attack: Bollywood grieves Abis Rizvi death


    In a terror attack on Istanbul’s famous “Reina nightclub” on New Year’s Eve, 35 people were killed and 40 got injured. Around 700 people were at the club when two men dressed as Santa Claus entered around 1.15 am and started firing at random. On their way to the club, the shooters killed a policeman and a civilian. The attack killed at least 15 foreign nationals consisting of two Indians, two Lebanese and five Saudi nationals as confirmed by the authorities.

    Flowers laid in front of the Reina nightclub in Istanbul after the gunman killed 39 people in a rampage.

    External affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj in a tweet wrote, ” I have a bad news from Turkey. We have lost two Indian nationals in the Istanbul attack. Indian Ambassador is on way their way to Istanbul. The victims are Mr.Abis Rizvi son of former Rajya Sabha MP and Ms.Khushi Shah from Gujarat”

    Abis Rizvi, the son of former lawmaker Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, was a noted real estate developer from Mumbai and recently he had produced a Bollywood movie, Roar: The Tigers of Sundarbans. The entire Bollywood is in shock due to death of the young filmmaker. 

    “I have just spoken to Mr. Akhtar Hassan Rizvi, father of Abis Rizvi. He and Mrs. Rizvi also want to go to Istanbul. We are organizing their  Visa. I have also spoken to Shri Ashok Shah, father of Ms. Khushi Shah and conveyed our condolences ,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted. Swaraj said she had asked Indian ambassador in Turkey Rahul Kulshreshth to receive the families at the airport and make all arrangements.

    A television footage which was released after the attack is showing how men and women rushed out in a state of shock from the club. Others threw themselves into the Bosphorus in panic. The attackers managed to escape and a massive manhunt has been launched for them.



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