Mumbai, Dec. 7 -- On Friday, December 6, as news about Nelson Mandela's demise spread, the world came together to mourn and reminisce the life of the former South African president. He was 95. In his home country, there was an outpouring of grief at the loss of a man considered by many as the father of the nation. While international celebs expressed their feelings on social media, Bollywood grieved as well.
Amitabh Bachchan chose to share his personal memories on Twitter. Film-maker Mahesh Bhatt and actor Anil Kapoor shared their experiences with us.
Anil Kapoor: "I met Nelson Mandela when I was in South Africa shooting for my film, Gandhi: My Father (2007). It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I discussed the story of my film with him and I think he could relate to it as a father. He was so full of life. And yes, I remember he was very tall."
Mahesh Bhatt: "In 1997, I was in South Africa and got an opportunity to meet him. He was a Gandhian in spirit, flesh and blood. That was the time when right-wing politics was yet to take centre stage and I asked what advice he'd like to give India. He said, "It would be preposterous for me to advise. India is the mother of all civilisations. Just live Gandhi's words."
I had the greatest honor to meet and spend time with him on two occasions ! His humility his greatest asset, among countless other! - Amitabh Bachchan
Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever. - Charlize Theron
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. Couldn't be more true... - Akshay Kumar
What an outpouring of love n respect for Nelson Mandela- a deep reverence cutting across all divides on what he stood for at all times RIP. - Shabana Azmi
Time to put our head down and pay respect to the greatest leader of our times... Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - John Abraham
RIP Nelson Mandela. A life so well lived. - Gul Panag
Nelson Mandela, RIP. 'Madiba' to his people, and a prophet of peace, to the world. We need his message, now, more than ever! - Vishal Dadlani
Nelson Mandela was the embodiment of discipline, courage, love and forgiveness. There is no future without forgiveness. - Mike Tyson
You will always be in my heart Mr. Mandela. - Tiger Woods
Nelson Mandela... the definition of grace, dignity and inspiration. His light will shine on. May he rest in peace. - Hugh Jackman.