Veteran Indian sharpshooter Chandro Tomar also known as ‘Shooter Dadi’ died of Covid-19 aged 89 at Meerut medical college on Friday.
As being reported Chandro Tomar had contracted the novel coronavirus infection and was admitted to hospital due to breathing problems on April 26.
Chandro was an octogenarian sharpshooter from the village of Johri in the Bagpat district of Uttar Pradesh.
She is believed to be the oldest sharpshooter in the world, who took part in several competitions with her sister Prakashi Tomar.
Their story had inspired Bollywood filmmakers to make the movie “Saand ki Aankh” in 2019.
Following her death news, Bollywood actors Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekartook to Twitter to mourn the demise of the former octogenarian sharpshooter.
Both the stars have played the charters inspired by the sharpshooter sisters in the film.
Taapsee Pannu who has played the character of Chandro Tomar wrote: “For the inspiration, you will always be… You will live on forever in all the girls you gave hope to live. My cutest rockstar May the and peace be with you.”
For the inspiration you will always be…
You will live on forever in all the girls you gave hope to live. My cutest rockstar May the ✌🏼 and peace be with you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4823i5jyeP
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) April 30, 2021
Bhumi Pednekarwho played Prakashi Tomar in the film, in her tweet said: “Devastated by the news of Chandro Dadi’s demise. Feels like a part of me is gone. She made her own rules & paved the path for many girls to find their dream. Her legacy will live on in them. Condolences to the family. Am lucky I got to know and be her #ChandroTomar #ShooterDadi”
Devastated by the news of Chandro Dadi’s demise. Feels like a part of me is gone. She made her own rules & paved the path for many girl to find their dream. Her legacy will live on in them. Condolences to the family. Am lucky I got to know and be her 🙏#ChandroTomar #ShooterDadi
— bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) April 30, 2021
Tributes and prayers for Shooter Dadi continue to pour in on social media:
An epitome of gender equality & champion of women’s rights Smt Chandro Tomar, known as ‘Shooter Dadi’ by her fans & admirers is no more.
The courage with which she challenged patriarchy & took up shooting as a sport will inspire generations to come.
Condolences to her family. pic.twitter.com/mhvOaGjAZI
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) April 30, 2021
One of the oldest sharpshooters in the world, Smt #ChandroTomar gave rise to a new wave of self-reliance among women. A champion of gender equality, @realshooterdadi only learnt to shoot at the age of 65 & has won 25 national championships since then. Condolences to her family🙏 pic.twitter.com/FdisAHAqHs
— P C Mohan (@PCMohanMP) April 30, 2021
A great soul has left us today pic.twitter.com/Z8PpJA9iw3
— Davy Singh🏹🚜 डैवी सिंह (@YoYoDavySingh) April 30, 2021
See the caption of photo I posted on Facebook 5 years ago after we did an amazing shoot with Shooter Daadi Chandro Tomar.
She was so full of life. We got tired after the shoot, she didn’t.
Rest in peace #ChandroTomar pic.twitter.com/13n9k9qFcx
— Sapna Madan / सपना मदान (@sapnamadan) April 30, 2021
#ShooterDadi #ChandroTomar was inspiration for many women & youth across Bharat. Her efforts & struggle would be remembered for many generations to come. I pray for her noble soul. #DadiChandroTomar pic.twitter.com/YhAdVlyfHM
— Mulayam Singh (@mulayamsingh05) April 30, 2021