The news of TV actor Sanjit Bedi's death not only came as a shock for many, but also brought in a wave of gloom and despair for his friends and co-stars like Karanvir Bohra and Gurdeep Kohli, who remembered him for his exuberance and liveliness.
Sanjit etched a permanent place in the hearts of audiences with his role as Dr Omi of TV show 'Sanjeevani'. He died on Wednesday morning due to a viral condition of the brain.
Karanvir, who acted with Sanjit in serial 'Kasautii Zindagii Kay', used words like "energetic" and "vibrant" to describe his friend.
"The man was full of life and energetic. One would forget about their own problem in his company," Karanvir told IANS.
Gurdeep, who acted with Sanjit in 'Sanjeevani' as one of the main leads, was sadden by the news of his death. She said she will have to live with a regret of not meeting him for one last time.
She also noted that the death news gives her a reality check.
"It's a shocking news. I came to know about his illness a month back, but could not go to meet him as I'm in my last trimester of pregnancy. He was the most lively person on the sets. He was a great human being and great actor. Someone just passing away like that gives you a reality check," Gurdeep told IANS.
Sanjit appeared in a slew of shows like 'Jaane Kya Baat Hui', 'Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasman' and 'Kyaa Hoga Nimmo Kaa' among others. However, the actor was missing from the scene for quite some time. Sanjit, in his late 30s, is survived by his wife.
Gurdeep noted that he "quit acting and when you are not in the industry then you lose the contacts".
Karanvir also added that "Sanjit went abroad for some work and after he came back he started practising yoga."
The micro-blogging site Twitter was also a buzz with condolence messages pouring in from every quarters.
Actor Karan Wahi posted "Rip sanjit bedi ...u surely will b missed mad man"; while Hiten Tejwani was also shocked by the news as he posted: "Heard about #SanjitBedi ..!! Shocking..!! RIP".
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit remembered Sanjit for his acting prowess.
"Sad to know about the sudden demise of #SanjitBedi a brilliant actor:I stand by the grief of hs near & dear ones," Pandit shared.
Actors Gaurav Kapur and Hussain Kuwajerwala were equally devastated by the news.
"Just heard the tragic news of Sanjit Bedi passing away. Met him a few times, was always full of beans. May he rest in peace," Gaurav posted.
"RIP Sanjit Bedi .. Shocked n saddened .. A guy who cld make anybdy laugh in any situation," said Hussain.