On February 20, Gully Boy rapper Dharmesh Parmar, aka MC Tod Fod, passed away at the age of 24, due to a sudden stroke. The tragic news left everyone in the Bollywood industry in shock. The Mumbai street rapper was one of the several artists who were called to be a part of Zoya Akhtar's film Gully Boy. He was a part of the hard-hitting song India 91 in the film. A close friend of Dharmesh, Ankur Tewari, who is a musician himself and has worked on several big projects, including the title track of the recent release Gehraiyaan, spoke exclusively to IndiaToday.in and opened up about the rapper.
Speaking of his untimely death, Ankur said, "I had no idea he had any health problems, but when I spoke with a few friends, I got to know that a few months back he was suffering from some health issues. I don't know many details, but it was just recently that I found out about this. "
Remembering Dharmesh fondly, Ankur said, "He was extraordinary and simple at the same time. He was definitely somebody who stood out amongst everyone, but at the same time, he was so normal and easy that he would blend in with everyone. I don't think he had anyone who didn't like him. He would blend into all groups and all kinds of people. He would just dissolve with everyone very easily. "
Music supervisor Ankur, who worked with the rapper, recalls his time working with Dharmesh. He states, "I knew him even before we did Gully Boy. I knew him for a couple of years before shooting the film, so it never felt like we were working. He was always full of ideas and always pitching. He believed in bettering his work. I remember someone who worked with him telling me this when they were recording: Dharmesh would constantly go back to him and say, "I can do it better." He would like to improve his craft. He was so good with words; it would just flow; his mind was always working. Extraordinary is the only word that comes to my mind when talking about him. We never thought of him as somebody we work with; we always thought of him as somebody who you like and are friends with. "
Ranveer Singh and Siddharth Chaturvedi both took to their Instagram accounts to pay tribute to the rapper. When asked by Ankur how his equation with the two actors was, he said, "He gelled with everyone." Because of his nature and because he was so collaborative, he would just become a part of the project. He was fearless in his expression and always well-intended. He was soft-spoken and naive and always had a smile on his face. He had a sense of calmness. He could be emotional yet always in control and calm, which was very infectious."