Senior journalist Barkha Dutt recently took to social media to share the news of her father SP Dutt's demise on Tuesday (April 27, 2021). Dutt who was an Air India official, breathed his last after battling COVID-19.
In a series of tweets, Barkha opened up about her bond with her late father and said that she couldn't keep her word of bringing him back home in two days. She tweeted, "The kindest, loveliest man I have ever known, my father Speedy, lost the COVID battle and died this morning. When I took him to hospital, against his will, I promised I would bring him home in two days. I couldn't keep my word. I failed. He never broke a promise he made to us."
Barkha also thanked the frontline workers who helped her family during this crisis and wrote in another tweet, "My father's last words to me were: "I'm choking, treat me"- to all the doctors at Medanta, nurses, ward staff, security guards, ambulance drivers, my gratitude for trying so hard."
She continued in another tweet, "My father loved to invent things, make trains, planes and of course, his grandchildren. I'd like to remember Speedy as the handsome man, eccentric scientist, doting father who gave my sister and I wings, than to think of him strapped to pipes. My best tribute to him is to redouble my commitment to report Covid on the ground & give voice to those who don't have one."
Meanwhile, many celebrities took to their respective social media handles to pay their last respects to Barkha's father.
Abhishek Bachchan wrote, "My deepest condolences to you Barkha. May God give you and the family strength during this very difficult time."
My deepest condolences to you Barkha. May God give you and the family strength during this very difficult time. 🙏🏽— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) April 27, 2021
Farhan Akhtar's tweet read, "So sorry for your loss Barkha. Deepest condolences. ❤️🙏🏽 RIP."
So sorry for your loss Barkha. Deepest condolences. ❤️🙏🏽 RIP.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) April 27, 2021
Television host and actress Mini Mathur wrote, "So so sorry for your loss Barkha. This is heartbreaking".
So so sorry for your loss Barkha. This is heartbreaking.— Mini Mathur (@minimathur) April 27, 2021
Actress-politician Smriti Irani also offered her heartfelt condolences with a tweet.
Condolences 🙏— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) April 27, 2021
Aditi Rao Hydari tweeted, "Deepest condolences, love and healing to you and the family."
Deepest condolences, love and healing to you and the family. 🙏🏻— Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) April 27, 2021
Taapsee Pannu's tweet read, "Big hug for you Barkha."
Big hug for you Barkha— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) April 27, 2021
Priyanka Chopra wrote on her Twitter handle, "So sorry to hear about your loss @BDUTT losing a parent is excruciating. My condolences to you and your family. Sending love courage and prayers."