Kushal Punjabi, Mahesh Anand, Vidya Sinha: Celebrities who passed away in 2019

Updated: 31 December, 2019 15:57 IST | Nikita Wagh
  • Kishore Pradhan, Bollywood News

    Kishore Pradhan, who is known for his role as a stationmaster in Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor's Jab We Met, January 11, 2019. He was 86. He acted in more than 100 Marathi theatre plays, and about 18 English plays. Pradhan started his acting career while pursuing a degree at Morris College in Nagpur. After participating in his college festivals, the veteran actor started his own theatre group, Natraj.

  • Mahesh Anand, Bollywood News

    Mahesh Anand, who found popularity as the villain's henchman in 1980s and 1990s Bollywood, was found dead at his Versova flat on February 10, 2019. He was 57. The actor had performed in several hit films including Shahenshah, Coolie No 1, Swarg, Kurukshetra and Vijeta and shared the screen with top stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Govinda and Sanjay Dutt.

  • Raj Kumar Barjatya, Bollywood News

    The famed producer, who gave us memorable hits like Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Hum Saath-Saath Hain, and many more Rajshri family dramas passed away in Mumbai on February 21, 2019. Raj Kumar Barjatya's last production venture Hum Chaar hit screens on February 15, 2019. He passed away at 76.

  • Luke Perry, Bollywood News

    Hollywood actor Luke Perry, known for his roles in Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale, passed away on March 4, just days after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52.

  • Nadja Regin, Bollywood News

    Serbia-born actor Nadja Regin, best known for starring in Bond films From Russia With Love and Goldfinger died at the age of 87 on April 6, 2019. Regin also worked for the small screen and her TV roles included shows such as The Avengers, Danger Man, The Saint and Dixon of Dock Green.

  • Navtej Hundal, Bollywood News

    Navtej Hundal, who was last seen playing the role of Home Minister in the Vicky Kaushal-starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike passed away on April 8, 2019. Hundal was also seen in films such as The Whisperers, Angaaray, and Doosra Kanoon. His daughter Avantika Hundal is currently seen in a popular show Yeh Hai Mohabbatein.

  • Colonel Raj Kumar Kapoor, Bollywood News

    This man gave the world Bollywood legend, Shah Rukh Khan. The superstar's debut television serial Fauji's director Colonel Raj Kumar Kapoor breathed his last on April 11, 2019. Shah Rukh Khan, then only 24 years old, played the leading role of Abhimanyu Rai in the famed 1988 Doordarshan show.

  • Veeru Devgan, Bollywood News

    Ajay Devgn's father Veeru Devgan, a popular stunt and action choreographer of the Hindi film industry, passed away on May 27, 2019. Veeru worked in more than 80 Bollywood films. His filmography includes films like Inkaar (1977), Mr. Natwarlal (1979), Kranti (1981), Himmatwala (1983), Shahenshah (1988), Tridev (1989), Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri (1990), Phool Aur Kaante (1991) and host of other films.

  • Dinyar Contractor, Bollywood News

    Veteran model, comedian, film and theatre actor Dinyar Contractor passed away on June 5, 2019. The Padma Shri recipient was known for his roles in Bollywood films like Badshah, 36 China Town, and Khiladi. He started acting while in school and began his career in 1966. Contractor was a renowned Gujarati theatre personality and film veteran.

  • Girish Karnad, Bollywood News

    Multilingual actor and playwright Girish Karnad, who entertained the audience with his performances, passed away at his residence in Bengaluru on June 10, 2019. He was aged 81. For four decades, Girish Karnad has composed multilingual plays to tackle contemporary issues. The Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan recipient's journey in Bollywood include Nishaant (1975), Manthan (1976), Swami (1977), Pukar (2000), Iqbal (2005) and Dor (2006).

  • Vijaya Nirmala, Bollywood News

    Tollywood actress and director Vijaya Nirmala passed away at the age of 73 on June 27, 2019. She was ill from the last few days and was undergoing treatment. Nirmala, known for her acting and direction in the Tollywood film industry has directed over 40 films. She had also marked her entry in the Guinness book of world records as the female director with the highest number of films in 2002. She is also the step-mother of popular Telugu actor Mahesh Babu.

  • Cameron Boyce, Bollywood News

    Cameron Boyce, known for his roles in Disney's Descendants and its Channel show Jessie died at the age of 20 on July 6, 2019. The actor passed away after suffering a seizure as a result of "an ongoing medical condition". Boyce made his acting debut at the age of nine with horror film Mirrors. Jessie was his breakthrough and he soon became one of the biggest Disney Channel stars.

  • Amit Purohit, Bollywood News

    Telugu actor Amit Purohit, who was last seen in the film Sammohanam, passed away on July 10, 2019. Purohit played Aditi Rao Hydari's ex-boyfriend in 2018 hit Sammohanam. Purohit was known for his roles in Shobhna's Seven Nights (2012), Aalaap (2012) among others.

  • Swarup Dutta, Bollywood News

    Veteran Bengali actor Swarup Dutta, best known for his versatile roles in films of the 1960s and 1970s died on July 17, 2019. Some of his best-known movies included Sagina Mahato, Harmonium, Pita Putra and Maa o Meye. He was 78 and survived by wife and son.

  • J Om Prakash, Bollywood News

    Hrithik Roshan's maternal grandfather and noted filmmaker J Om Prakash passed away at the age of 93 on August 7, 2019. J Om Prakash was best known for directing films such as Aap Ki Kasam, Aakhir Kyon?, Apna Bana Lo, Apnapan, Aasha, Arpan, Aadmi Khilona Hai. He also produced box office hit films like Ayee Milan Ki Bela, Aas Ka Panchhi, Aaye Din Bahar Ke, and many others.

  • Vidya Sinha, Bollywood News

    Vidya Sinha, best remembered for her roles in Basu Chatterjee's films such as Rajnigandha (1974) and Chhoti Si Baat (1976), and BR Chopra's Pati, Patni Aur Woh (1978), passed away on August 15, 2019. A major figure in Bollywood in the 1970s-1980s, comfortably straddling both the commercial and alternate cinema, Sinha was noted for her sad and somber roles as well as light and romantic films with many top actors of the era.

  • Peter Fonda, Bollywood News

    US actor and filmmaker Peter Fonda, who became an international star in 1969 with Easy Rider died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 79 on August 16, 2019, due to respiratory failure arising from lung cancer.

  • Mohammed Zahur Khayyam, Bollywood News

    Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi aka Khayyam, who made us cry with his tunes in Umrao Jaan and Kabhi Kabhie, passed away on August 19, in Mumbai. The veteran music composer was admitted in a hospital in Juhu, Mumbai, and was in a critical condition due to lung infection. Khayyam began his career at a tender age of 17 and earned a permanent place in the Hindi film industry with his melodious music compositions.

  • Veeru Krishnan, Bollywood News

    Veeru Krishnan, known for his work in films like Raja Hindustani and Ishq, passed away on September 7, 2019. Veeru Krishnan also taught Kathak to a number of Bollywood celebrities.

  • Shyam Ramsay, Bollywood News

    Filmmaker Shyam Ramsay, popularly known for directing 80s and 90s horror films such as Purana Mandir, Veerana and Purani Haveli, died at 67 on September 18, 2019. Shyam Ramsay and his brothers ruled the horror genre in Indian cinema for several years as they churned out low-budget films, which went on to acquire cult status. They were widely popular for a unique mix of horror and erotica.

  • Viju Khote, Bollywood News

    Who can forget Sholay's Kaalia and Andaz Apna Apna's Robert? Who can forget Viju Khote and his exemplified performances? Unfortunately, the noted Hindi and Marathi actor, who was entertaining his fans and the audiences for more than four decades, passed away at his residence due to multiple organ failure on September 30, 2019.

  • Champak Jain, Bollywood News

    Film producer Champak Jain passed away on November 1, 2019 after suffering from a brain hemorrhage. Champak was one of the owners of Venus Records and Tapes which produced hit films. As a producer, he had several hit films to his fame like Khiladi (1992), Baazigar (1993), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Yes Boss (1997), Josh (2000), Humraaz (2002), Hulchul (2004) and De Dana Dan (2009).

  • Christopher Dennis, Bollywood News

    Christopher Dennis, who entertained audiences as Hollywood Boulevard's Superman, passed away at the age of 52 on November 2, 2019. His fit and tall character, thin frame and full jet-black hair garnered equal attention and appreciation.

  • Kushal Punjabi, Mahesh Anand, Vidya Sinha: Celebrities who passed away in 2019

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Brian Tarantina died on November 2, 2019, after overdosing on drugs including fentanyl and heroin. A spokesperson for the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner confirmed to people.com that Tarantina died from acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, heroin, diazepam, and cocaine. Tarantina, who played the Gaslight comedy club emcee Jackie on the Emmy-winning Amazon Prime series, was found in his Manhattan apartment on November 2 after officers with the New York City Police Department received a call about an unconscious person, an NYPD spokesperson previously confirmed.

  • Geeta Mali, Bollywood News

    The Marathi film industry lost a budding singer Geeta Mali in a road accident on November 15, 2019, near Shahapur on Mumbai-Nashik Highway. Geeta, who had sung devotional songs in Hindi and Marathi, was returning home after performing in New York.

  • Shaukat Azmi, Bollywood News

    Veteran theatre and film actor Shaukat Azmi passed away on November 23, 2019. She was 90 and had been ailing for some time. Shaukat, mother of Shabana Azmi, is best remembered for her roles in M S Sathyu's Garam Hawa (1973) and Muzaffar Ali's Umrao Jaan (1981).

  • Pushpa Joshi, Bollywood News

    Remember toothless grey-haired granny from Ajay Devgn starrer Raid who wowed us with her loveable act? Unfortunately, Pushpa Joshi, who played Saurabh Shukla's indefatigable Amma passed away at the age of 86 on November 29, 2019. Raid was her first film, and at 85, she was probably the oldest debutant in Bollywood. Her son Ravindra was a theatre actor, while grandson Aabhas has been a contestant on music reality shows like Voice Of India and Music Ka Maha Muqqabla.

  • Betty Kapadia, Bollywood News

    Dimple Kapadia's mother and Twinkle Khanna's grandmother, Betty Kapadia passed away on December 1 at the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai at the age of 80. She was married to a Gujarati entrepreneur Chunnibhai Kapadia and together had four children, Dimple, Simple, Reema Kapadia and a brother, Munna.

  • Subbu, Bollywood News

    What would the Bollywood industry be without makeup artists? And one of the most reputed and well-known makeup artists of Bollywood, Subbu passed away on December 6, 2019. Right from Tabu to Radhika Apte to Kareena Kapoor Khan to Anushka Sharma, the man has styled some of the biggest names of the industry.

  • Ron Leibman, Bollywood News

    Ron Leibman, an Emmy-winning actor who garnered a Tony for his work in Broadway Angels in America and played the father of Jennifer Aniston's character Rachel Green in popular American sitcom Friends died on December 8.

  • Shreeram Lagoo, Bollywood News

    Veteran actor and theatre stalwart Shreeram Lagoo suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away in Pune on December 18, 2019. As an actor, his roles in Marathi plays such as Natsamrat and Himalayachi Saoli, and films like Pinjra made him popular. He essayed memorable roles in Bollywood films like Ek Din Achanak, Gharonda, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar and Laawaris. He played Gopal Krishna Gokhale in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi.

  • Kushal Punjabi, Mahesh Anand, Vidya Sinha: Celebrities who passed away in 2019

    Ace cinematographer Ramachandra Babu passed away on December 21, 2019 at a state-run hospital in Kozhikode. He was 72. In a career spanning close to four decades, he cranked the camera for over 130 films -- mostly in Malayalam, although he worked in other South Indian languages, too.

  • Kushal Punjabi, Mahesh Anand, Vidya Sinha: Celebrities who passed away in 2019

    Songwriter Allee Willis, who is best known for composing the theme song of the popular sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S, passed away on December 24, 2019 after a cardiac arrest. She was 72. The songwriter was a two-time Grammy winner and was also nominated for a Tony and an Emmy. Willis had originally written the F.R.I.E.N.D.S theme song "I'll be there for you" on assignment as a 60-second piece.

  • Kushal Punjabi, Bollywood News

    Actor Kushal Punjani, who is best known for his appearance in films like Lakshya, Andaz and Kaal, passed away on December 27, 2019. He was found dead at his Mumbai house. The actor, 42, died of an apparent suicide and also left behind a note in which he said nobody should be held responsible for his death. Punjabi started his career as a dancer and model. He appeared in several music videos such as Pehla Nasha (remix) and DJ Aqeel's Kehdoon Tumhen recreation.

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About The Gallery

We had to bid adieu to some of the most celebrated names in the film industry this year. Noted celebrities like Vidya Sinha, Viju Khote, Shreeram Lagoo, Gita Siddharth, Shaukat Azmi, Mohammed Zahur Khayyam, Girish Karnad, Dinyar Contractor, Veeru Devgan, Raj Kumar Barjatya and Shyam Ramsay passed away in 2019. In memoriam, we remember some of them who died in 2019.

First Published: 23 December, 2019 12:30 IST