Lost in Paradise: Remembering Bollywood celebrities who left us in 2020
From 27 days from today, the year 2020 will bid adieu to us. With the stretch of unsuccessful events kicking off in 2020, the year has been cruel to the entire globe, Bollywood being in the list as well.
Amid the spread of novel coronavirus, the production of movies was stopped and subsequently, some of the important releases were postponed indefinitely. Not only this, the entertainment industry had lost some of the prominent celebrities and the absence of these stars has created a void that can never be filled.
The news of these demises coming one after the other, this year sent shockwaves across the entertainment industry. While nothing can compensate for this loss, here is a tribute to give them a final goodbye.
Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passed away, breathing his last on April 30 following a two-year-long fight with leukaemia. The 67-year-old actor returned to India in September 2019 after reportedly undergoing treatment in the USA for almost a year. He breathed cinema until the end of his trip and left everyone in awe with remarkable performances in many movies.
The loss of one of the finest actors in the industry, who brought perfectly heart-touching and honest performances throughout his journey, is still mourned by the world. Known for his astonishing acting skills, and was also dubbed as India's face in the West, breathed his last in Mumbai on April 29. The actor underwent chemotherapy and treatment in 2018 in the US after being diagnosed with a rare type of Neuroendocrine tumour. Piku, Haider, Hindi Medium, Madaari are some of his major hits.
Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh’s death by suicide on June 14 in Mumbai sparked discussions revolving around the sternness of depression. As per reports, the Kai Po Chhe actor was suffering from depression in the months leading up to his demise. His passing also sparked the debate on nepotism in the film industry, with several celebs coming out and sharing their ugly experiences in the Bollywood on social media platforms.
At the age of 42, music composer Wajid Khan passed away in May because of an untimely cardiac arrest. He was also diagnosed with a kidney disorder. Known for his compositions in popular Salman Khan movies such as Wanted, Garv, Tere Naam and Ek Tha Tiger, several took to social media platforms and expressed grief over his demise.
The legendary Hindi filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passed away on June 3. The 93-year-old reportedly was suffering from old-age health issues. The legendary director made some of the best films such as Chhoti Si Baat, Rajnigandha, Baton Baton Mein, Khatta Meetha, Shaukeen to name a few. Along with Hindi movies, he is also known for having helmed Bengali films and television serials.
Three-time National Award winner, Bollywood choreographer, Saroj Khan, breathed her last on July 3. Fondly known as masterji, she passed away due to a cardiac arrest in Mumbai. The 71-year-old had a memorable movie career spanning four decades, with over 200 films to her credit. Her name is identical with brilliant choreography and chartbuster songs in the Hindi film industry.
Veteran Hindi movie comedian Jagdeep, who fascinated lakhs of Indians through his matchless portrayal of different characters in his exciting career spanning over decades, passed away on July 9 this year. The 81-year-old remembered for his role as Soorma Bhopali in Bollywood’s blockbuster film Sholay, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra, appeared in 400 films.
Bollywood’s famous director-actor Nishikant Kamat passed away in a Hyderabad hospital in August, amid liver complications. The 50-year-old director was undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with chronic liver disease. Kamat is known for directing Bollywood films Drishyam, Madaari, Force, Rocky Handsome to name a few.
The six-time National Award-winning singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on September 25. He was laid to rest on the next day with full state honours. Fondly called as SPB, was known for his ability to sing in 16 Indian languages. The legend also gave his voice to thousands of songs across genres. In his lively singing career spanning over five decades, he has recorded over 40,000 songs.
In a more recent one that shocked Bollywood, actor Asif Basra was found dead in a private complex in the hilly city of Dharamshala on November 12. The Paatal Lok actor was found hanging in the complex when the police reached the spot. While the reason of him resorting to the dangerous step is unclear. Basra played supporting parts in many critically-applauded features such as, Parzania, Black Friday and Outsourced.
Many other celebs such as Ashalata Wabgaonkar, Kumkum, Avinash Kharshikar, Harish Shah, Mohit Baghel, Sachin Kumar and others left us this year.
We understand that the list has many other names while the globe has already suffered a lot in the past few months, the loss of talent this year is indescribable.