Octogenarian shooter Chandro Tomar, nicknamed 'Shooter Dadi', passed away on Friday due to COVID-19 complications. She was admitted to a hospital on Tuesday after testing positive for coronavirus.
'Saand Ki Aankh' actor Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar, who essayed the roles of the famous sharpshooter sisters, took to their social media to mourn the demise.
Sharing an adorable picture from the sets of the shoot, Pannu tweeted: "For the inspiration you will always be...
You will live on forever in all the girls you gave hope to live. My cutest rockstar May the and peace be with you."
"Devastated by the news of Chandro Dadi’s demise. Feels like a part of me is gone. She made her own rules & paved the path for many girl to find their dream. Her legacy will live on in them. Condolences to the family. Am lucky I got to know and be her," wrote Bhumi Pednekar.
Chandro was already 60-plus when she picked up the gun for the first time but went on to win many national competitions, even inspiring a Bollywood movie on her.
She was believed to be the oldest woman sharp shooter in the world.
She took part in several competitions along with her sister Prakashi Tomar, also one of the oldest female sharp shooters in the world.
Prakashi also featured in the movie inspired by their lives, during which they broke all kinds of stereotypes, including battling patriarchy.
While the men at home objected to their shooting, they were helped by their sons, daughters-in-laws and granddaughters as they would quietly sneak out of the house to practice the sport in a nearby range.
Once she got hooked on to the sport, there was no looking back as she went on to win medals at numerous competitions, all coming when Chandro was well into her 60s.
Shooter Dadi won many awards in senior citizen category including Stri Shakti Sanman presented by the President of India himself.
She had picked up a rifle by chance, after a younger member in the family expressed her interest in enrolling herself at a newly-built shooting range in their village.
Accompanying their daughter to the range, one day they picked up the gun, pulled the trigger, took a shot and impressed the coach in range.
During the shoot of 'Saandh Ki Aankh' they welcomed Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar in their village, where they had stayed for some time and observed their mannerism and tried learned their dialect.
(With inputs from PTI)