The year 2020 has been a forgetful one, especially for Bollywood. On one side, while the world continues to battle with a deadly virus, we also lot a streak of industry stalwarts this year. Unfortunately, these legends have left a legacy and created a void that will never be filled. The loss is, undoubtedly, irreparable. From Irrfan Khan to Sushant Singh Rajput; here’s a rundown of all the prominent personalities that left us in a shocking term of events.
The legendary Irrfan Khan breathed his last on April 29 in Mumbai after succumbing to cancer. The actor lost his battle to the deadly c after a strong fight of almost two years. The late actor's mother had left for her heavenly abode just three days before his demise. Irrfan was among one of the most versatile actors that Bollywood had ever produced, so much so, that he also represented India on a global platform.
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away at the age of 67 on April 30, in Mumbai. He breathed his last after a two-year-long battle with leukemia, a form of cancer. It was in September 2019 that Rishi returned to India after undergoing extensive treatment for the same. At the beginning of 2020, Rishi was hospitalised twice over some health complications.
Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh Rajput's sudden demise shocked the entire nation. The 34-year-old actor was reportedly found hanging in his Bandra residence on June 14. The case was initially being interrogated by the Mumbai Police; however, after an intense social media outrage and campaigning, it was handed over to the CBI. A huge section of people suspected it to be a murder and not a suicide. Sushant's demise also sparked a debate over the existence of nepotism and an alleged drug nexus in Bollywood.
One of the oldest, most popular and talented Bollywood choreographers - Saroj Khan - left the world due to cardiac arrest in July. She was 71 years old. Saroj Khan has been the driving force for a lot of Bollywood celebrities like Madhuri Dixit, Gauahar Khan and Govinda among others. Her death was mourned by the entire Bollywood.
Wajid Khan, of the popular composer duo Sajid-Wajid, bid us goodbye at the age of 42, on June 1. Wajid Khan succumbed to a cardiac arrest. The unfortunate news was broken by late Wajid's friend Sonu Nigam, who wrote, “My brother Wajid left us.” Wajid was the face behind the chartbuster music albums of many Bollywood films like Tere Naam, Partner, Garv and Dabangg among others.
Six-time National Award-winning singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on September 25 in Chennai. He was 74 years old. The legendary singer was unwell since August and his condition further deteriorated on September 24. SP Balasubrahmanyam's eventful career spanned over five decades, throughout which he gave us a never-ending list of melodies. The singer was also known as Salman Khan's on-screen voice, for crooning popular tracks for him in films like Maine Pyaar Kiya, Saajan and Hum Aapke Hai Koun...! among many others.
Nishikant Kamat, who rose to fame with Force and Rocky Handsome, breathed his last in Hyderabad hospital on August 17. He succumbed to liver complications. Before his demise, the 50 years old filmmaker and actor was taking treatment after being diagnosed with chronic liver disease. Nishikant was also known for his helming Marathi films like Dombivali Fast and Lai Bhaari.
Legendary actor and comedian Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, who was popularly known as his stage name Jagdeep, passed away on July 8, at the age of 81. He is survived by his two sons, Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved Jafri. Jagdeep entertained millions of viewers through his brilliant portrayal of a variety of characters in his career spanning over decades and, of course, his amazing sense of humour.
Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passed away at the age of 90 on June 4. He breathed his last in Mumbai after succumbing to age-related ailments. Basu Chatterjee was known for his films like Chhoti Si Baat, Chitchor, Rajnigandha, Piya Ka Ghar, Khatta Meetha, Baton Baton Mein and Chameli Ki Shaadi among many others.
Hichki actor Asif Basra was reportedly found hanging in a private complex in Dharamshala on November 12. As per the police officials who are investigating his death, the reason behind Asif taking such an extreme step is yet to be discovered.
Yesteryear actress Nimmi took her last breath at the age of 88, on March 26. Born as Nawab Banoo, Nimmi died due to a prolonged illness. The legendary Raj Kapoor had first noticed the late actress and gave her the screen name of Nimmi. She had made her debut with Raj's film, Barsaat.
“ You may win your hearts desire, but in the end you are cheated of it by death.” Goodbye Nimmiji 🙏 . Yesteryear’s dove-eyed actress Nimmi passes away at 88 https://t.co/fRoQWlbuKI— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) March 25, 2020
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