Actors who died too soon

Nov 05, 2012, 16:53 IST
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    A competent character actor in films, Inamdar is most remembered for his TV show ‘Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi’. A highly versatile performer, Inamdar was part of a popular countdown show on DD, along with Swaroop Sampat and Laxmikant Berde, when he died of a massive heart attack in 1996. He was only 50
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    Sanjeev Kumar: An oft-repeated aspect of Kumar’s filmi journey is that for a man who played innumerable aged roles, he died at 47. Even by then though, he had established himself as one of the most versatile actors of Hindi cinema. He was funny in ‘Seeta Geeta’ and ‘Angoor’, tragic to the hilt in ‘Koshish’ and ‘Sholay’. Few actors managed to get into the skin of the character as Kumar did
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    She was the superstar that never was. Beginning her career down south, Bharati took Bollywood by storm with her performances in ‘Shola Aur Shabnam’, ‘Deewana’ and ‘Balwaan’. However, just when her career was on the verge of taking full flight, Bharti died under circumstances that remain a mystery till this day. She was only 19
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    The epitome of handsomeness in Hindi cinema, Mehra acted in a number for memorable films like ‘Anuraag’, ‘Ghar’ and ‘Khudaar’ among others in the 70’s and 80’s. Sadly, at the age of 45, Mehra died of a heart attack in 1990
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    The Gabbar of Bollywood, Khan was adept at playing negative, supporting as well as comic characters. He acted in more than 130 films, but passed away in 1992 following a heart failure. He was only 51
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    Although she was known for her hard hitting persona in art films, Patil proved to be equally adept in commercial cinema. Her career span was hardly a decade old when she died of birth complications at 31. However, her films like ‘Nishant’, ‘Bhumika’ and ‘Manthan’ remain legendary
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    The man who starred in classics like ‘Pyaasa’, ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’ and ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’, the tragedy king of Bollywood committed suicide in 1964, when he was only 39
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    In a sense, Kumari was the female equivalent of Guru Dutt. She not only played tragic roles, but lived a tragic life as well. Three weeks after ‘Pakeezah’ released, she died of liver cirrhosis, aged 39
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    Her life span was all of 36 years, but by then Madhubala had done enough be regarded as one of the greatest divas to grace the screen. Starting her career as a child artist with ‘Basant’ in 1942, she went on to star in numerous classics like ‘Neel Kamal’, ‘Mahal’ and of course ‘Mughal-e-Azam’. Heart complications led to her death in 1969
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    At her peak, Bali acted with Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand and Guru Dutt, but passed away of small pox in 1965 at the age of 35
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    He wasn’t as big a star as the other names on the list, but those who saw Pandey in ‘Bandit Queen’ believed he was a highly talented actor. He also portrayed a transvestite in ‘Daayraa’, but an unfulfilled career came to an end in 2010 when Pandey died of a heart attack at the age of 48
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    A super star of Marathi cinema, who was known for his trademark style of comedy, Berde made an impact in Hindi cinema as well, playing the likeable friend in ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ and the loyal servant, who is treated like a family member, in ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun…’ He had a lot more to offer to Indian cinema when he died aged 50, of a kidney ailment, in 2004
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    He became a household name playing the character of ‘Guru’ in the memorable TV show ‘Nukkad’, and also did notable roles in shows like ‘Janam’, ‘Deewar’ and ‘Tere Mere Sapne’. Dhawan’s career was progressing at a steady pace when he passed away, aged 45, following a massive heart attack at his Bandra residence
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    The bespectacled comedian, whose funny antics in ‘Shrimaan Shrimati’ made the show among the most popular ones in the Doordarshan era, Kanakia also did bit roles in ‘Khubsoorat’ and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’, in which his comedy was appreciated. For someone who made us laugh, Kanakia died a cruelly painful death, succumbing to pancreatic cancer in 1999. He was 46
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    The man who made us laugh our hearts out while himself keeping a straight face, Bhatti was the common man’s superstar for those who grew up watching ‘Flop Show’ (1989). He was 57 when he died in a car crash last year, too young for someone who could make us cackle at the drop of a hat
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    He is most remembered for his supporting role in ‘Flow Show’, in which he was the perfect foil for Jaspal Bhatti. Shauq also featured in other Bhatti shows, and his comic timing had an effortless feel to it. He starred in many films, but is most remembered for his turn as Sunny Deol’s friend in ‘Gadar’. Shauq died of a heart attack in 2011. He was merely 47
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    A model-turned-actress, she was best remembered for her role in ‘Kohinoor’, a mystery-thriller Indian television series. Randhawa was also part of ‘C.A.T.S’, the Indian version of ‘Charlie’s Angels’. She had a promising career ahead, but committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence in 2006, just a couple of years after her good friend Nafisa Joseph had done the same. Randhawa had just turned 30
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    Another noted Marathi actor, Joshi was a common feature in Priyadarshan films. She left her impression in ‘Billu’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’, ‘Gayab’ and ‘Vaastu Shastra’, portraying diverse character roles. She was only 39 when she died of leukemia in 2011
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    The Rasna girl, who won hearts playing the school girl in Amitabh Bachchan-starrer ‘Paa’, she died in a plane crash in Nepal in 2012. In a cruel twist of fate, she lost her life on her birthday, July 14
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    A popular actress from the south, she was the female lead opposite Amitabh Bachchan in the 1999 Hindi film ‘Sooryavansham’, and was appreciated for her work. Soundarya was killed in a plane crash while campaigning for a political party, near Bangalore in 2004. She was all of 31
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