Ashraful, who died on February 17, has been best remembered for his small but striking appearances in Mrig Lamba's Fukrey, Anurag Kashyap's Gangs Of Wasseypur, Anant Mahadevan's Red Alert: The War Within, Abhinay Deo's Delhi Belly and Tigmanshu Dhulia's Paan Singh Tomar. (Also Read: Actor Ashraful Haque Dies in Mumbai)
Tigmanshu Dhulia: I am very, very saddened to hear of Ashraful's demise. He was from Assam. While shooting we constantly discussed Assam politics. He was a very good actor. I will always remember him as an actor who wanted it excel. Goodbye my friend, will miss you.
Abhinay Deo: He was very professional and had a very realistic and natural approach to acting. He quickly understood what I required and adapted himself to the role and the kind of performance which he gave was perfect. I had no idea he was so unwell. It is very sad to lose someone from the film fraternity and that too someone I had so enjoyed working with. After Delhi Belly I called him for a few ads. He was a thinking actor. He shall be missed.
Anant Mahadevan: Ashraful played a key role of a Naxal in my film Red Alert: The War Within. One look at him, and I knew he would blend perfectly with the rugged realistic feel of the true-life story. He was quite a trouper. He roughed it out in the tough jungle terrain. Ashraf was an actor first and till the last. He was unaffected by the posturing of Bollywood. A complete natural. It's really sad to see a promising career cut short so rudely."
Mrig Lamba: I had got him through the casting agent. Once I saw him I knew Ashraful was perfect to play the part of Smackiya. I tested numerous actors for the role but Ashraful just walked away with the role. I feel sad. It's a loss for our cinema. Actors like him are absolutely rare but unfortunately like many talented actors in Mumbai he never got his dues in Bollywood.