Bollywood stars mourn the death of feminist icon ‘Shooter Dadi’

Taapsee Pannu with Chandro Tomar at her home in Johri village. Picture Credit score: Provided

Indian sharp shooter champion and girls’s rights activist Chandro Tomar, fondly known as ‘Shooter Dadi’ and who impressed the Bollywood star-studded biopic ‘Saand Ki Aankh’, died in India after her battle with COVID-19 on April 30 in Uttar Pradesh.

In accordance with experiences, 90-year-old Tomar died in Anand Hospital in Meerut after she confronted respiration issues earlier this week. She was examined COVID-19 optimistic on the hospital. Tomar famously took up taking pictures after she crossed 60 years of age, inspiring hundreds of thousands of ladies to pursue their desires at any level of their lives. She was the image of smashing patriarchy and pushing boundaries as a lady who aspired to attain their desires. 

Bollywood actors together with Bhumi Pednekar — who performed Chandro Tomar’s position in Tomar’s biopic —  Taapsee Pannu, and Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to precise their grief. Shooter Dadi, who could appear to be a standard portly grandmother, has received over 30 Nationwide Championships and is understood for her killer intention. 

Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who introduced her eventful and galvanizing life to the large display, wrote: “You will be missed so much.” Pednekar posted a collection of photographs exhibiting their deep bond and camaraderie.

“Devastated by the news of Chandro Dadi’s demise. Feels like a part of me is gone. She made her own rules and paved the way for many girls to find their dream. Condonlences to the family. Am lucky I got to know and be her,” mentioned Pednekar,

Pannu, who additionally performed Tomar’s different sprightly sister and shooter-in-comrade within the movie, additionally known as Chandro Tomar the ‘cutest rockstar’

Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar in Saand Ki Aankh 1-1569405369437
Picture Credit score: Provided

“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 peace be with you,” tweeted Pannu, together with a picture of them collectively.

Actor Akshay Kumar additionally took to his Twitter to pay tribute to Tomar. He claimed he has by no means met her, however has loved their interactions on social media. 

Actor Randeep Hooda expressed his disappointment at not with the ability to meet her in particular person. He took to his Twitter claiming that as a result of COVID-19 a programme the place they might have met in particular person was postponed as a result of pandemic.

Tomar is also known as one of many oldest sharpshooters on the earth. She led by instance and was a portrait of power and resilience for ladies worlwide when she picked up a rifle on the age of 60. The adage that ‘age is only a quantity’ matches Tomar effectively as she attained fame and success at an unorthodox age. 

Earlier right this moment, a journalist in India made the error of tweeting about her loss of life prematurely. Though Tomar was struggling to breathe, she joked about why everybody was in a rush to declare her useless. She has usually been profiled globally and has attracted consideration worldwide for her spirited nature and sharp taking pictures expertise.

Chandro Tomar, 89, practices with her air pistol at a range being built at her house in the village of Johri, India, Feb. 14, 2021. Tomar, believed to be the oldest professional sharpshooter in the world, is a feminist icon in India who has mentored and coached dozens of young women in her village and beyond for more than 20 years. There’s even a Bollywood movie based on her life and that of fellow competitor and sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar.
Chandra Tomar practices together with her air pistol in her village in Johri Picture Credit score: NYT

Folklore has it that the ageing Tomar sisters picked up a rifle by likelihood, when a youthful member of their household expressed her curiosity in enrolling herself at a newly-built taking pictures vary of their village in Uttar Pradesh. 

Chandro Tomar and Prakashi Tomar


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