Top 20 Indian Actors Who Died Young

Top 20 Indian Actors Who Died Young Hindi Article

No matter what our profession is, life will give us lemons at some point of time. Some of us can handle it, and when we cannot, we have the courage to understand that things will come under control if not today, then sometime later. However, not all of us are courageous. There are many actors in the film industry who have killed themselves because of the pressure that is on them, or because of heartbreak. There are others who died due to some accident.

Today we will be discussing 20 of the Bollywood actors whom we lost too early.

1. Aarthi Agarwal

The actress entered Bollywood as a teenager. She was barely 16 when her first film ‘Pagalpan’ released. Later in life, she tried to commit suicide as her relationship with a Bollywood actor did not work out and her career in Bollywood was also dying. However, she moved to the South industry, and was doing fairly well until she started to gain weight and consequently diseases surrounded her. She went to America to get a liposuction surgery done, which resulted in a cardiac arrest that killed her.

2. Taruni Sachdev

The actress had been leading a successful career and aspired to become an actress when she grew up. She was also called the Rasna Girl, because her advertisement for Rasna was so popular. she had even worked with Big B in the movie ‘ Paa’, who also sent his condolences to her way when she died in a plane crash in Nepal at the age of 14.

3. Divya Bharti

The actress was fast on her way to becoming a superstar. Her film Shola Aur Shabnam gained her a lot of name as an actress and a performer, and ‘Deewana’ and ‘Balwan’ were no less. However, at the age of 19, the actress fell to her death. The circumstances of this early death remain mysterious till this date.

4. Pratyusha Banerjee

The actress had everything she could ever have wanted. He career graph was going up, she had fame and a lot of money. However, she also had an abusive, exploitative and dominating boyfriend. The “ Balika Vadhu” actress was only 24 when she was found dead, apparently having hung herself to a fan in her Goregaon home. She had warned her boyfriend beforehand about this suicide in her whatsapp conversation, and the case becomes more complicated as more aspects of it open up.

5. Jiah Khan

The young actress was all of 25 when she died, having allegedly killed herself after her boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi cheated on her, aborted her baby and used up all her money. The actress had made her debut opposite Amitabh Bachchan in the film ‘ Nishabd’, after which she appeared in ‘ Ghajini’ and ‘ Housefull’. The actress had just bagged two films and an item number before committing suicide.

6. Nafisa Joseph

The model and VJ had been the Miss India Universe of 1997 and had been a finalist in the Miami Miss Universe competition the same year. She was found hanging to her fan in her apartment at the age of 26 when her marriage to her businessman fiancé, Gautam Khanduja was canceled.

7. Kuljeet Randhawa

The actress had just turned 30 when she was found hanging dead from a fan in her home. Her friend Nafisa had done the same. The actress had become popular after working in a TV series ‘ Kohinoor’. She had done great projects in her past including CATS, and could have done a lot more in her future.

8. Smita Patil

The actress had been a part of the industry for just over a decade when she died. She had been pregnant and during the birth of her child, she died due to some complications. She had been all of 31, and did all sorts of films. Her artistic, hard hitting films were just as big hits as her commercial films, both raking money and success.

9. Meena Kumari

The original tragedy queen, she played many tragic roles, and lead an even more tragic life. The beautiful actress died at just 39, her alcohol addiction leading her to liver cirrhosis. ‘Pakeezah’ was a huge success and a legendary film, 3 weeks after which, she succumbed, having lived a professionally successful life. Personally, her life was spent longing for her husband, Kamal, the only man she ever married.

10. ‘ Madhubala

The actress died due to some heart complications at the age of 36. However, till then, she had worked enough and given enough classic movies to the country to be remembered for the rest of her life. In 1942, she had appeared in ‘Basant’ as a child artist, and nothing had stopped her since then. Her best known films include ‘Kamal’, and Mughal-E-Azam.

11. Vinod Mehra

One of the most handsome men in Indian cinema till date, Vinod Mehra was seen in various films, like ‘Khuddar’, ‘ Ghar’ and ‘Anurag’ among others, and ruled the industry for almost two decades before he died in the year 1990 due to heart attack. He was 45 during his death and left the entire industry shell shocked.

12. Guru Dutt

Not only was Guru Dutt a great actor, but also a great director. In the whole of his life, the only film that he made that was a box office failure was Kaagaz Ke Phool, which also became a cult classic a few years later. Although it is said that he committed suicide, the cause of his death still remains a mystery.

13. Geeta Bali

Another great actress, Geeta Bali had done films opposite all great actors of her time, including Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt. She was a fighter and had fought her way to well-deserved success. Sadly, she could not fight away the smallpox that killed her at the young age of 35 in the year 1965.

14. Abir Goswami

The actor gave quite a shock to hIS peers and colleagues with his sudden death. He had been a part of many films and television shows like " Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara" and ‘ Kkusum’, and had also appeared in the film ‘ Lakshya’ that was directed by Farhan Akhtar and starred Hrithik Roshan. He was working out at a gym in Mumbai when a cardiac arrest killed him.

15. Rituparno Ghosh

The filmmaker from Bengal had given some massively successful and internationally acclaimed films that included 'Antarmahal' and Chokher Bali. However, he had also been confused and conflicted when it came to his sexuality in his last years before his death. He had become more of a loner, and died due to a severe heart attack.

16. Nirmal Pandey

He was not as big a name as the others in this list, but he had proven his talent in films like Bandit Queen. He was a part of the film Daayraa, and more were sure to come, but the actor had a heart attack and died in 2010.

17. Dilip Dhawan

The actor had become a big name when he played Guru in the massively successful television series ‘ Nukkad’. He them went on to appear in many other serials like “ Tere Mere Sapne”, Deewar and ‘Janam’. Steadily, he was progressing towards better things when at the age of 45, a heart attack killed him.

18. Jatin Kanakia

The actor was a popular comedian, having done an iconic role in the television series Shrimaan Shrimati. It was one of the best shows during the time Doordarshan ruled our television screens. He was also seen in films like, " Hum Saath Saath Hain" and ‘ Khoobsurat’, where also, his roles were appreciated. He died a cruel death, having fought a battle against pancreatic cancer and finally dying at the age of 46.

19. Vivek Shauq

The actor had done many film and television roles before his death. However, his most memorable roles are his supporting role in the popular show Flop Show, and his role in the film Gadar, where he played ‘ Sunny Deol’s friend. He too died young due to a heart attack in the year 2011.

20. Rasika Joshi

The actress was a well-known face in both Bollywood and Marathi cinema. In Bollywood, she could mostly be seen in ‘ Priyadarshan’ films and had left her mark with films like ‘Gayab’, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Vaastu Shastra and ‘ Billu’. She played various character roles and could frequently be seen popping up in films. It was an unpleasant news to know that such an actress had to go so early, at only 39, of Leukaemia, in 2011.