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Visionary, Gifted, Dignified: Celebrities Remember Parmeshwar Godrej
File photo of socialist Parmeshwar Godrej (Courtesy: Getty)
Tributes poured in from across the country as philanthropist, socialite Parmeshwar Godrej passed away on Monday night. Wife of Adi Godrej, the chairman of the Godrej Group, was suffering from a lung disease for the past five years. One of the most prominent faces of the Mumbai social circuit, Godrej was known for a her philanthropic work and the initiatives she took to spread awareness for AIDS.
Known for being a sharp businesswoman, Parmeshwar Godrej is also credited for making the brand Godrej a household name by revamping it and making it more relatable to the common man. She launched the Heroes Project in 2004 along with actor Richard Gere and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative.
A face of the otherwise low-key Godrej family, Parmeshwar was known to be close to Hollywood as well as Bollywood actors hosting the who’s who at her place- parties that made headlines next day.
Celebrities, politicians and sportsmen paid their condolences on Twitter as the news of her death broke.
Few friends would go to the ends of the earth for you in times of need #ParmeshwarGodrej was one of them. RIP. Cherished friendships
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) October 11, 2016
Mumbai lost a philanthropist, visionary & a great lady..Rest in peace #ParmeshwarGodrej. Your city & people will miss you...
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) October 11, 2016
— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) October 11, 2016
Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Parmeshwar Godrej. She was gifted, brilliant&very likeable. A star dimmed https://t.co/wgc9ZVEm04
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 11, 2016
Saddened by the passing of our friend, Parmeshwar Godrej. She was a warm and loving person who we will all miss.
— Madhuri Dixit-Nene (@MadhuriDixit) October 11, 2016
Rest in peace #ParmeshwarGodrej Such a dignified and kind lady. Power with grace. Strength to Adi sir and their family.
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 11, 2016
A woman with solid strength integrity and grace..I cannot believe you are not with us any more Parmeshwar Godrej..Condolences to the family
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) October 11, 2016
Deeply saddened & shocked to hear that Parmeshwar Godrej passed away. She was one of the most vivacious & energetic women I have known #RIP
— Sameera Reddy (@reddysameera) October 11, 2016
RIP Parmeshwar Godrej. She was warm, generous, a friend, my guru in my passion for art, humanitarian and a society beacon. Will miss her.
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) October 11, 2016
Deeply saddened to hear about Parmeshwar Godrej #RIP
She was a committed crusader against HIV, a philanthropist with a golden heart!
— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivek_oberoi) October 11, 2016
Deeply saddened to learn lovely beautiful Parmeshwar Godrej passed away last night at Breach Candy.She was truly https://t.co/EHt9uCpFzu
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) October 11, 2016
When you wish that some days just didn't happen.. will miss you Parmeshwar. Deepest condolences to the Godrej & Bahl families.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 11, 2016
— Farah Khan (@FarahKhanAli) October 11, 2016
Devastated by death of close friend, Parmeshwar Godrej, last night: she was always there for me in my most difficult times. 1/2
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 11, 2016
Not many know but Godrej also was known in the early 1970s as a designer, having provided costumes to some of the most prominent heroines of that time. Godrej later moved to interior designing, which she aced in. She is survived by her husband, Adi Godrej and three children Nisa Godrej, Pirojsha Adi Godrej and Tanya Dubash.