Bollywood entertainers who bid farewell


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Nikhat Kazmi (Jan 20): Breast cancer took a toll on the life of the lady whose movie-based writings and reviews were awaited by readers of The Times of India for over two decades.


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Raj Kanwar (Feb 13): He gave stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra their first big breaks with Deewana and Andaaz, respectively. He breathed his last in Singapore before he could undergo a kidney transplant. He was in his early 50s.


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Joy Mukherjee (March 9): Known as the Bengali candy, this Bollywood charmer of the 1960s, became popular through movies like Love In Simla, Love In Tokyo and Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon. Mukherjee lost his life to thalassemia in Mumbai. He was 73.


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Achala Sachdev (April 30): Bollywood’s quintessential on-screen mother Achala Sachdev’s life came to an end after six months of being bedridden at a Pune hospital. The actress, especially known for her role in 1965 film Waqt, where she was part of the legendary song Ae meri zohra jabeen, made her last big screen appearance in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.


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Taruni Sachdeva (May 14): She was hardly 14 and lost her life in a plane crash in Nepal. Popular for appearing in a line-up of Rasna commercials, little Taruni is also remembered for playing the role of Amitabh Bachchan’s cute classmate in Paa.


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Dara Singh (July 12): He made a rare transition from the wrestling ring to the big screen and tasted success as the ‘Iron Man’ of Bollywood. He played numerous characters. He breathed his last following a brief illness. He was 84.


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Rajesh Khanna (July 18): Women looked up to him as the epitome of romance — India’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, fondly remembered as Kaka, succumbed to a liver infection at the age of 69.


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Ashok Mehta (Aug 15): One of India’s best known cinematographers, Ashok Mehta became an informidable name in the film industry, given his filmography of evocative projects like Bandit Queen, 36 Chowringhee Lane, Paroma, and Utsav. He suffered from advanced lung cancer. He was 65.


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A.K. Hangal (Aug 26): At 96, would you think of being on the fashion runway? Such was his zest for life that A.K. Hangal did that. He died at 97 — but only after over four decades of entertaining Hindi movie viewers with about 200 films like Shaukeen, Sholay, Bawarchi, Abhimaan and Guddi.


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Yash Chopra (Oct 21): Romance thy name in Bollywood has always been Yash Chopra! He almost taught youngsters “how to romance” through his love sagas like Daag, Kabhi Kabhie, Chandni and Lamhe. He finished his last movie, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, just in time before dengue and an ensuing multi-organ failure took this beloved filmmaker’s life. He was 80.


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Jaspal Bhatti (Oct 25): He spread laughter all through his life, but left behind many in tears when he lost his life in a car accident in Punjab. He was 57. Who can forget his Ulta-Pulta show or the insanely funny Flop Show?



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