Shocking deaths in Bollywood
Parveen Babi: This glamorous actress had quite a sad death. She died at the age of 55 on January 20, 2005 in her Juhu residency. As she lived alone, nobody got a hint of what was in store for her. Her door was locked from inside, so the police had to break open the door and that’s when they found her body three days after her death. Its still unclear if it was a natural death or a suicide case.
Divya Bharti: This cute bubbly actress and daughter of Amrish Puri died at the age of 19 on April 5, 1993. It was said that she allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the 5th floor of her building. Fans are still not sure if she was drunk and fell off the building or she was murdered. Though Divya was a part of the industry for barely four years, she managed to leave an unforgettable mark in Bollywood with movies like Deewana opposite Rishi Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan.
Smita Patil: It was a great loss for Bollywood, the day Smita Patil passed away. She died at a young age of 31 on December 31, 1986. This outstanding dusky and beautiful actress passed away giving birth to her youngest son Pratiek Babbar, who was seen in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na as Genelia’s younger brother. Smita was not just an amazing actress but also a newsreader and a photographer.
Madhubala: One of the most beautiful face of Bollywood was Madhubala. This legendary actress too died at an early age of 36 on February 23, 1969. Her performances in films like Mughal-E-Azam, Howra Bridge and Kaala Paani to name a few are remembered till date. The sad part was that she was surrounded by a number of people when she was a big name, but during her last days when she was bedridden, she had no one besides her and she died a lonely death.
Meena Kumari: The renowned tradegy queen of Bollywood passed away on March 31, 1972. She was just 40 years old when she died of cirrhosis of liver caused by excessive drinking. The saddest part was when she died, her superhit film Pakeezah was still running in all the theatres. She didn’t even get a chance to see how much people loved her and appreciated her performance in the film.
Kunal Singh: Actor Kunal Singh, whose claim to fame in Bollywood was the film Dil Hi Dil Mein opposite Sonali Bendre died at a young age. He was also seen in a few regional films. Kunal committed suicide in his Oshiwara residence on February 7, 2008. He hung himself to death. Did he commit suicide as he left no note behind ? He wasn’t really a known celebrity. So, maybe he was frustrated in life for not getting film offers and fame can get to them at times.
Priya Rajvansh: Priya was murdered in the year 2000 in the Ruia Park bungalow in Juhu. When she died newspapers first carried out stories saying ‘Priya committed suicide’ then the police said ‘Priya Rajvansh died of a heart attack’ but later the media was told that Priya died due to excessive consumption of alcohol, as she had been in a state of deep depression after Chetan (her husband’s) death a couple of years ago. But the actual truth came out after a long time. It was finally proved that the actress was actually murdered by Chetan’s three sons for property
Nafisa Joseph: Successful model and actress Nafisa Joseph passed away when her career had just started shaping up. She died at the age of 26 on July 29, 2004. She was also a VJ on MTV and was crowned Miss India in 1997. Nafisa, who was everyone’s darling knocked everyone for a six by hanging herself to death. It’s said that her fiancee had the previous day, called off the wedding following differences of opinion over his earlier marriage and divorce. The only question that can come to one’s mind now is – Why is a woman’s universe still a man ?
Guru Dutt: The legendary actor and director Guru Dutt, who created his identity with the film Pyasa opposite Waheeda Rehman and Mala Sinha passed away at the age of 42 in 1964. He died due to overdose of sleeping pills. He had tried to commit suicide twice before but somehow survived after he was rushed to the hospital. But unfortunately the third time it was his bad luck.
Nargis: Nargis, one of the greatest Indian actresses of all time died on May 3, 1981. She was 40 plus when she lost her battle against pancreatic cancer and just a few weeks later her son Sanjay Dutt’s debut film Rocky was released. Her death was truly shocking for the industry, but even today people remember her outstanding performance in Mother India.