Akshay Kumar announced on social media on Wednesday, September 8, that his mother Aruna Bhatia has breathed her last earlier in the day in Mumbai.
Born Rajiv Bhatia, the actor had already shared with fans that his mother was suffering from age-related illnesses.
He said on Twitter on Tuesday: “Touched beyond words at your concern for my mom’s health. This is a very tough hour for me and my family. Every single prayer of yours would greatly help. [sic]”
His message was accompanied by an emoji depicting folded hands, denoting gratitude.
Kumar on Wednesday morning shared the news of his mother’s demise.
He wrote on Twitter: “She was my core. And today I feel an unbearable pain at the very core of my existence. My maa Smt Aruna Bhatia peacefully left this world today morning and got reunited with my dad in the other world. I respect your prayers as I and my family go through this period. Om Shanti [sic].”
Her final rites were performed at the Pawan Hans crematorium in Vile Parle in Mumbai.
Her husband Hari Om Bhatia, an army man had already died several years ago. On one side, she is survived by Kumar, his wife Twinkle Khanna, and their two children.
On the other side is Kumar’s sister Alka Bhatia, who married Hiranandani Group Chairman Surender Hiranandani in 2012. The couple mostly stay out of the limelight, despite real-estate tycoon Hiranandani being one of the richest people in India, with an estimated net worth of more than $1 billion.
Aruna Bhatia, meanwhile, was one of the co-founders of Hari Om entertainment, a production company named after her deceased husband, which she ran with her son and daughter-in-law.
In that capacity, she produced several films, such as Singh Is Kinng in 2008; Khatta Meetha, Action Replayy, and Tees Maar Khan in 2010; Patiala House, Thank You 2011, and Breakaway in 2011; Joker, OMG – Oh My God, Khiladi 786, and the documentary White Knight in 2012, Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty in 2014, Airlift and Rustom in 2016, and Pad Manin 2018.