Back in the days when technology was not as advanced as today, Veeru Devgan choreographed some of the most interesting action sequences for Bollywood, making his actors' and stuntmen's safety top priority.
The Hindi film fraternity remembered all this and more about the veteran, who died here on Monday at the age of 85.
Remembering Veeru as a responsible director, actress Madhuri Dixit Nene told IANS: "He was such a caring action director who used to encourage us, but at the same time was very cautious about our safety. When he choreographed an action scene, he kept safety in mind. He was such a wonderful human being."
Actor-director Satish Kaushik, who had worked with him as an actor and director, was emotional after he returned from the funeral of his "Veeru paaji".
"He was such a gentleman. He was a 'Punjab ka puttar' in the true sense and had a huge heart. Everyone loved him so much… It was very sad to see him go away today," Satish Kaushik told IANS.
Actor Anupam Kher called Veeru a "great action director" who always gave top importance to the "safety of actors and his fighter team".
Veeru is best known for directing action sequences for films like "Himmatwala", "Mr. India", "Khatron Ke Khiladi", "Phool Aur Kaante", "Dilwale" and "Laal Badshah". He had also helmed the 1999 film "Hindustan Ki Kasam", starring his son Ajay Devgn and megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
As the news of his demise broke, members of the film fraternity Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Sajid Khan, Mahesh Bhatt, and Harry Baweja visited the Devgan residence to pay condolences. Some even took to social media to pay tributes.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt tweeted: "Veeru Devgan and I began our career together in the 1970s. 'Make Ajay a great actor,' I remember him telling me after Ajay's debut film became a big hit. "Ajay and I finally worked together in 'Zakhm', which won him his first National Award."
Actor Aamir Khan said Veeru was "extremely professional". He had worked with him in the movie "Ishq". "I'm very sad to hear about Veeruji passing away. I had the pleasure and privilege of working with Veeruji. He was an amazing person to work with, extremely professional and one of the best in his field," he added.
Bollywood's action star Akshay Kumar: "Extremely sad to hear about the demise of Veeru Devgan, one of the finest action directors of our industry. My heartfelt condolences to Ajay Devgn and family."
Sanjay said he was a "gem of a person and extremely gifted".
Here's what other film fraternity members wrote:
Suniel Shetty: Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of a great man Veeru Devgan! You are in our thoughts and prayers. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to you Ajay, Kajol and your family.
Varun Dhawan: RIP Veeru Devgan, heartfelt condolences to the Devgan family.
Rahul Dev: Saddened to know about the passing away of Veeru Devganji, best described as a great action director and a kind man.
Abbas Mustan: Our heartfelt condolences to Ajay, Kajol and the entire family on the sad demise of Veeru Devganji. May his soul rest in peace.