Veteran Bollywood actor Shrivallabh Vyas died in Jaipur on January 7. Vyas acted in famous films like Lagaan, Sarfarosh, Dil Bole Hadippa, Aan: Men At Work, in a career spanning almost 20 years. He was also part of notable regional films, television shows and plays, including Virasat (1985), which brought him fame. The actor, born Vallabh Vyas, suffered a paralytic attack in 2008 while shooting for a Bhojpuri film in Gujarat. Due to financial crisis, Vyas' family shifted from Jaisalmer to Jaipur for his treatment. Owing to the actor's financial constraints, stars like Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Irrfan Khan, among others, were taking care of his medical expenses. The actor is survived by his wife Shobha Vyas and two daughters.
Charu Rohatgi, fondly remembered for her character as Parineeti Chopra's mother in her debut film Ishaqzaade passed away on January 15. The late actress suffered cardiac arrest which resulted in her death. She has worked in Television shows such as Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3, Pratigya, Uttaran and others. Apart from Ishaqzaade, Rohatgi has also acted in several other films namely, 15 Park Avenue, No One Killed Jessica, Patiala House and 1920 London.
Ava Mukherjee, known for playing Shah Rukh Khan's grandmother in Devdas passed away on January 17. She was 88. Ava, had played the grandmother onscreen in several films. Ava, Bollywood and ad world's 'favourite grandma' appeared in several television ads playing the synonymous grandma. She also starred in the 2009 oddballs suspense-comedy Detective Nani, where she played a character similar to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple who has an eye for solving mysteries. One of her final appearances on the big screen was in the film 'Darna Zaroori Hai' directed by Ram Gopal Varma.
Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, passed away in Dubai on February 25. She was 54. Sridevi, who was in Dubai to attend the marriage function of actor Mohit Marwah, drowned in the bathtub of room number 2201 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. Sridevi was the first pan-India female superstar to rule the 1980s and '90s.
Veteran actress, Nargis Rabadi, affectionately known as Shammi aunty in the industry, passed away on March 6. She was 89. The actress was known to play pivotal roles in popular TV shows such as Zabaan Sambhal Ke, Kabhi Yeh Kabhi Woh, Dekh Bhai Dekh, and Filmy Chakkar, alongside Indian cinema. She was last seen in Farah Khan and Boman Irani's outing, Shirin Farhad Ki Nikal Padi in 2013.
Pyarelal Wadali (L), one of the singers of legendary Sufi set Wadali Brothers, passed away on March 9, after cardiac arrest. He was the younger brother of Ustad Puran Chand Wadali. The Wadali Brothers, adept in various styles of singing including Kaafian, ghazal and bhajan, had their first musical performance outside their village in Harballabh Temple in Jalandhar. They entered Bollywood in 2003 and are famous for their songs such as Aye Rangrez Mere ('Tanu Weds Manu') and Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi ('Mausam').
Noted Bollywood and Television actor Narendra Jha passed away on March 14, after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 55. According to reports, it was the third heart attack Jha had over the years. Jha is known for his roles in Bollywood films like Haider, Mohenjo Daro, Raaes, Kaabil and others.
Karan Paranjpe, who was seen in Dill Mill Gayye, passed away on March 25. Karan was best remembered for his stint in Star One's popular medical drama Dill Mill Gayye as Jignesh. He is survived by his mother. Karan was found dead by his mother. According to reports, Karan suffered a heart attack in his sleep.
Raj Kishore, who played the role of one of the prisoners in Ramesh Sippy-directed Sholay, passed away on April 6. He was 85. The veteran actor was keeping unwell, had some stomach issues. However, he was not bedridden.
Actor Kavi Kumar Azad, who played Dr Hathi in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, died on July 9, after a massive cardiac arrest. He was 46. The actor had respiratory problems.
Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri, who had been a part of the Indian entertainment industry for over three decades, passed away on July 17. Rita was at the Sujay Hospital in Vile Parle. She was fighting a weak kidney and was on dialysis. With a career spanning over five decades, Rita played important supporting parts in movies like Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Kya Kehna, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar and Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon. She also featured in Gujarati movies. On the TV front, her credits include popular shows like Hasratein, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Khichdi, Ek Nayi Pehchaan, Amanat, Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka and Kumkum. She was particularly popular for playing roles of a mother or grandmother. She was part of an on-going show Nimki Mukhiya in which she was seen as Imarti Devi, the grandmother of the house.
Film and television actress Sujata Kumar, who is best known for her role in English Vinglish passed away on August 19. The actress was suffering from the fourth stage cancer, and it was her sister, actor and singer Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, who confirmed the news. Some of the best-known roles played by Sujata was Manu, the sister of Sridevi's character Shashi in Gauri Shinde's English Vinglish. She also featured in the films Gori Tere Pyar Mein and Raanjhanaa. She was a part of television series such as Hotel Kingston, Bombay Talking, 24 and POW: Bandi Yuddh Ke.
Renowned filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi died on September 23 at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (Mumbai). She was 64. Lajmi was suffering from a chronic kidney disease and liver failure. She was on dialysis and had been in and out of the hospital for three years.
Krishna Raj Kapoor, the wife of legendary actor Raj Kapoor, passed away on October 1 due to cardiac arrest. She was 87.
Singer Nitin Bali, who was celebrated for his '90s renditions, including Neele Neele Ambar and Ek Ajnabee, passed away on October 9, after battling the head injuries he sustained in a road accident. Bali reportedly refused admission when first brought to the hospital. His condition deteriorated later in the day, and he succumbed to his injuries.
Veteran Bollywood playback singer Mohammed Aziz, best remembered for his naughty rendition of the song 'My Name Is Lakhan', passed away on November 27, after a heart attack in a private hospital. Aziz, 64, collapsed at the Mumbai Airport after deboarding from a Kolkata flight on Tuesday afternoon. He was rushed to the Nanavati Hospital in Vile Parle where he breathed his last a short while later.
The year has gone by and it had its fair share of famous celebrities departing this world. Eminent names like Sridevi, Charu Rastogi, Kalpana Lajmi, Kavi Kumar Azad, Krishna Raj Kapoor, Raj Kishore, Rita Bhaduri, Shammi Aunty, Shrivallabh Vyas, Sujata Kumar, Pyarelal Wadali, Ava Mukherjee, Narendra Jha and many others passed away in 2018. Take a look at their pictures
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