Actor Akshay Kumar, who has worked with Riteish in Housefull and Housefull 2, recalled Vilasarao's vision to convert Mumbai into a Shanghai. The actor posted on twitter, "The man who had Mumbai's Shanghai dream is no more. RIP Vilasrao Deshmukh ji, a visionary and the father of my dear friend @Riteishd. May God give you strength."
Talking to NDTV, Shahrukh Khan, who has worked with Riteish in Om Shanti Om, expressed his sorrow over his father's death. He said, "I'm feeling very sorry. I have known him for years. Riteish is a close friend of mine. I spoke to him. I am very sad, it is very unexpected, he was a wonderful gentleman, apart from being the chief minister, he was a very wonderful person. My respects to the family. I am deeply disturbed."
Several other biggies took to their Twitter accounts to express their shock over his sad demise. Madhuri Dixit tweeted, "Sorry to hear that Vilasrao Deshmukh has passed away. Our condolences go out to his family."
Karan Johar, "RIP Vilasrao sir. Thoughts and prayers with the family... love you Riteish, all the strength and all the courage."
Farah Khan, "RIP Vilasrao Deshmukh. You will be missed. Condolences to Riteish & genelia and the family."
Bipasha Basu, "RIP Vilasrao Deshmukh Sir! Strength to you Riteish and family! Extremely sad news!"
Ayesha Takia, "Sad sad day, RIP Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh."
Vivek Oberoi, "My condolences to the Deshmukh family, my heart goes out to my buddy @Riteishd, our prayers are with you bro!"
Raveena Tandon, "Rest in peace Vilasrao Deshmukh. Condolences to the bereaved family, Riteish and (his wife) Genelia, words cannot express the shock and grief we (are) feeling."
Dia Mirza, "This is just so sad... My heart goes out to the entire Deshmukh family..."
Aftab Shivdasani, "Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh. Prayers and peace to Riteish and the whole family."