Leading film editor Ajay Sharma, known for his work in notable Hindi films like Jagga Jasoos, Ludo and Indoo Ki Jawaani to name a few, passed away on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19. The news comes 10 days after reputed filmmaker and social activist Ashoke Pandit tweeted an SOS seeking help for an oxygen bed for Sharma, after his levels dropped to 83. Sharma's death was confirmed by actress Shriya Pilgaonkar on Twitter where she wrote, "Devasted is an understatement. We lost Ajay Sharma today. Not just an incredibly fine editor but an absolute gem of a human being. Nothing makes sense."

Leading names in the entertainment industry from across the country, including fans have been pouring in their condolences after news broke out that Ajay Sharma had passed away. Popular Tamil film editor TS Suresh tweeted, "Life is so unfair. Rest in Peace, Ajay Sharma, a great talent gone too soon. My heartfelt condolences to his family & friends during this difficult time." Screenwriter Aniruddha Guha too expressed his grief at the passing away of Sharma and wrote, "So many rallied together to try and save you. I’m sorry we couldn’t do more. Broken heart RIP Ajay Sharma. You will live on through your work." 

Ajay Sharma carved a niche for himself in Bollywood with his work in several films among which include 22 Yards, High Jack, Crook, Pyaar Ka Punchanama 2, Tum Mile, including the Amazon Prime series, Bandish Bandits. Prior to testing positive for COVID-19, Sharma was working on the upcoming Taapsee Pannu-starrer, Rashmi Rocket. Sharma had also served as an assistant editor in films like Barfi, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Agneepath, Kai Po Che, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, Life in A Metro, I Hate Luv Storys, Sachin - A Billion Dreams, Woh Lamhe and The Dirty Picture. He had also directed a short film titled Jolly 1995, currently available on Hotstar.