In 2020, the Indian film and television industry lost some of its gems. From Sushant Singh Rajput, Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Wajid Khan, SP Balasubramaniam to Nishikant Kamat, Saroj Khan, and Jagdeep, many entertainers have worked in the Indian entertainment industry. Here is a look at all the Bollywood celebrities that we lost in 2020.
Here is the list of Bollywood celebrities we lost in 2020
Arya Banerjee (27 January 1980 – 11 December 2020)
She made her Hindi film debut with LSD: Love, Sex and Dhoka and starred in Milan Luthria’s ‘The Dirty Picture’, where she played the role of Shakeela. She was found dead in her apartment in south Kolkata. Arya was her screen name. Her real name was Devdutt Banerjee. She was the daughter of famous sitar player Pandit Nikhil Banerjee.
Divya Bhatnagar (15 September 1986 – 7 December 2020)
TV actress Divya Bhatnagar, known for her role in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, allegedly suffered from the complications of Covid-19. The actor was on ventilator assistance at a Mumbai hospital. Fellow actors and collaborators Devolina Bhattacharjee and Shilpa Shrodkar were among the celebrities who said they were shocked to hear of her demise. Divya Bhatnagar was 34 years old.
Ravi Patwardhan (6 September 1937 – 06 December 2020)
Famous Marathi and Hindi film actor Ravi Patwardhan, known for his strong roles and deep voice, passed away on December 6. He suffered a cardiac arrest. Ravi Patwardhan was 84 years old. Ravi Patwardhan has acted in 150 plays and over 200 films. He is particularly known for his role in Tezaab which brings Anil Kapoor as the lead actor of the story. Apart from this film, he also acted in many films like Jhanjhar, Ankush, Bond, and Yashwant, Yashwant is the film in which Nana Patekar was the lead actor of the story.
Asif Basra (27 July 1967 – 12 November 2020)
Bollywood actor Asif Basra was found dead on November 12 in a private compound in the northern hill town of Dharamshala. When police arrived on the scene, the actor was found hanging in the yard. Though the reason for his departure is yet to be ascertained, Himachal Pradesh Police is probing the matter. Asif has acted in many popular Hindi films, including Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Jab We Met, and Kai Po Che. His performance in Rahul Dholakia’s film Parzania was widely criticized. In 2014, he starred in the Tamil film Anjaan and most recently in his debut film Roy opposite Ranbir Kapoor.
Abhilash (13 March 1946 – 28 September 2020)
Veteran lyricist Abhilash died of a stomach ailment on 28 September in Mumbai. He was 74. In a career spanning five decades, Abhilash wrote songs for films like… (1975), Awara Ladki (1975), Sawan Ko Aaye Do (1979). Zeenat Hai Shaan Se (1988) and Halchul (1995) others. He was known for writing the song “Itni Shakti Hamein Dena Daata” in the 1986 film Ankush. The song was translated into eight languages and is still played in schools as a prayer.
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SP Balasubrahmanyam ( 4 June 1946 – 25 September 2020)
Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on September 25 at the age of 74 after coronavirus complications. After testing positive for Covid-19 in the first week of August, he was admitted to the ICU after his condition deteriorated. He stayed on the ventilator until his last breath. Fans will remember SP Balasubrahmanyam for his unparalleled contribution to Indian music. SP Balasubrahmanyam holds the Guinness World Record for more than 40,000 songs.
Rockline Sudhakar ( – 24 September 2020)
Kannada comedian Rockline Sudhakar died on September 23 after a cardiac arrest. The 65-year-old actor died on the set of the film Sugarless. Sudhakar acted in over 200 Kannada films, including Panchrangi, Paramatma, Drama, Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari, Love in Mandya, and Vastu Prakashan.
Bhupesh Kumar Pandya (20 January 1972 – 23 September 2020)
Theater personality and actor Bhupesh Kumar Pandya died on September 23 after a battle with lung cancer. Bhupesh acted in films like Vicky Donor and Thousand Khwishish Aisi.
Ashalata Wabgaonkar (02 July 1941 – 22 September 2020)
Veteran actor Ashalata Wabgaonkar passed away at Satara on 22 September at the age of 79. Wabgaonkar had worked in films like Woh Saat Din, Ahista Ahista, Shaukeen, Ankush, and Namak Halal. She is also known for her work on Loyal Servant (1982), Jhoothi Shaan (1991), and Geeta (1940).
Prabeesh Chakkalakkal (1976 – 14 September 2020)
Malayalam actor and dub artist Prabisha Chaklakkal passed away on September 14 in Kochi. According to reports, the 44-year-old actor fell on the sets of an awareness film and was later pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Florent C Pereira (- 14 September 2020)
Tamil actor Florent C. Perera passed away on September 14 in Chennai. He was 67. Perera made her Tamil cinema debut in 2003 with Pudhiya Geethai. He became famous with Kayal and acted in films like Dharmapuri, VIP 2, Raja Manthiri, Thodari, Mupparimanam, Kodiveeran, Enkitta Motathe, Sathriyan, Poduvaga N Mansu Thangam, Nagesh Thiriarangam, and Taranniyand. In addition to films, Florent C. Perera has worked with Win TV, Kalaignar TV, and Vijay TV.
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Ajit Das (20 January 1949 – 13 September 2020)
Veteran Odiya actor Ajit Das, best known for his performances in films like Hakeem Babu and Tunda Baida, passed away on September 13. He was hospitalized after testing positive for Covid-19. An NSD passes out, Das starred in over 60 Odia films and produced several others. His other famous films include Mom, Nandini I Love You, and Kebe Tume Nahan Kebe Mu Nahin. Ishq Puni Thare was his last film.
Vadivel Balaji (17 February 1975 – 10 September 2020)
Tamil actor Vadivel Balaji died on 10 September in a hospital in Chennai. He was 42 years old. According to reports, Vadivel Balaji was undergoing treatment after suffering a heart attack. He was seen in films like Kolamaavu Kokila, Pandhayam, Sutta Pazham Sudatha Pazham, Kadhal Panchayathu, Karpanai, and Yaaruda Mahesh.
Sravani Kondapalli (12 August 1994 – 8 September 2020)
Telugu TV actress Sravani Kondapalli died by suicide at her residence in Hyderabad on 8 September. TV actor Ambati Devraj Reddy, realtor, Mangamuthula Sai Krishna Reddy, and Tollywood producer Gumkaunda Ashok Reddy, who has been accused of committing suicide, have allegedly committed suicide. Sravani has acted in popular TV serials like Manasu Mamatha and Mounaragam.
Jaya Prakash Reddy (10 October 1945 – 8 September 2020)
Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy died on September 8 at his residence in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh after a cardiac arrest. Popular films of the 74-year-old actor include Samarasimha Reddy, Preminchukundam Raa, Narasimha Naidu, Nuvvostante Nenoddantana, Julayi, Ready, Kick, Jayam Manadera, Jamba Lakidi Pamba, Avunu Valliddaru Istapaddaru, Kabaddi, Kabbadi Kabbadi, Evadi Gola Vadidi, and Kithakithalu.
Archana Mahanta (18 March 1949 – 27 August 2020)
Veteran Assamese singer Archana Mahanta died on 27 August in a hospital in Guwahati. She was 72 years old. Mahanta suffered a stroke in mid-July and since then her condition has worsened. Along with her husband Khagen Mahanta, Mahanta is credited with popularizing Assamese folk music.
AB Raj (21 April 1925 – 23 August 2020)
Veteran filmmaker AB Raj died on August 23 in Chennai after a cardiac arrest. He was 95. AB Raj directed more than 10 films in Sinhalese titled A Bhaskar Raj. After the 1960s, he made several films in Malayalam including Football Champion, Pacha Nottukal, Sastharam Jayichu Manushyan Thottu, Kalippava, Nirthasala, Sambhavami Yuge Yuge, Marunaattil Oru Malayali, Neethi, Ezhuthatha Katha, Lottery, Ticket, Kannoor Deluxe, and Kaliyalla Kalyanam. The Tamil film Thulli Odum Pullimaan was his first film.
Nishikant Kamat (17 June 1970 – 17 August 2020)
Director-actor Nishikant Kamat on August 17 in Hyderabad’s AIG. Died in hospital at age 50, after battling liver cirrhosis. The Director was known for his films like Dombivali Fast, Mumbai Meri Jaan, Force, Drishyam, Rocky Handsome and Madari. As an actor, he was known for his performances in Julie 2 Daddy, Bhavesh Joshi, and Rocky Handsome. His film Dombivali Fast (2005) won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi. The Biggest Star and one of the best Bollywood celebrities that we lost in 2020.
Rahat Indori (01 January 1950 – 11 August 2020)
Rahat Indori the poet and lyricist of India died of a heart attack on August 11. Apart from his many famous poems, he was known for conceiving songs such as “Chori Chori Jab Nazreen Mili” (Kareeb), “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (Meenaxi)”, “Bumbro” (Mission Kashmir), Dil Ko Hazara Baar” (murder) among others.
Sameer Sharma (03 May 1976 – 4 August 2020)
TV actor Sameer Sharma committed suicide on August 4 at his residence in Mumbai, he was last seen on the Star Plus show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. The 44-year-old actor was popular for his role in the TV show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Left Right Left, Jyoti, Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon – Ek Baar Phir. She also starred in the 2014 romantic drama Hasee To Phasee, starring Siddharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra in the lead roles.
Anupama Pathak (12 February 1980 – 02 August 2020)
Bhojpuri actress Anupama Pathak was found dead at her home in Mumbai on 2 August. Anupam from Bihar’s Purnia district worked in Bhojpuri films and TV shows. Based on a preliminary investigation, police said that 40-year-old Pathak committed suicide.
Kumkum (22 April 1934 – 28 July 2020)
One of the most famous Bollywood actresses of her era Kumkum, who featured in more than 100 films and popular songs like “Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi”, and “Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar” passed away on July 28. She was 86 years old. The actress was best known for her roles in films. Mr. X In Bombay, Mother India, Son Of India, Kohinoor, Ujala, Naya Daur, Shreeman Funtoosh, Ek Sapera Ek Lutera, Ganga ki Lahren, Raja Aur Rank, Aankhen, Lalkaar, Geet and Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara.
Rajat Mukherjee (1960 – 19 July 2020)
Bollywood director Rajat Mukherjee died on 19 July in Jaipur due to kidney issues. The filmmaker was known for films like Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, Love in Nepal, Road, and others.
Jagdeep (29 March 1939 – 8 July 2020)
Remembered by many as Sholay’s “Soorma Bhopali”, actor Jagdeep passed away on 8 July following age-related health issues. The 81-year-old actor was credited with over 400 films. He entertained the audience with his spot-on comic timing and later tried his hand at directing films.
Susheel Gowda (1990 – 7 July 2020)
Sushil Gowda, best known for his role in the Kannada soap opera Anthapura, committed suicide on 7 July. He has also played an important role in the upcoming Kannada film Salaga, which is the first film directed by Duniya Vijay.
Harish Shah (7 October 1943 – 7 July 2020)
Filmmaker Harish Shah died in Mumbai on July 7 after a long battle with cancer. He was 76 years old. Harish Shah started his journey in Bollywood by controlling Rajesh Khanna’s Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972). He later acted in films like Kala Sona (1975) and Ram Tere Kitne Naam (1985). Harish’s last Bollywood production was Sunny Deol starrer Jaal The Trap (2003).
Saroj Khan (22 November 1948 – 3 July 2020)
The Biggest Star and one of the best Bollywood celebrities that we lost in 2020. Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan died in Mumbai on 3 July after a cardiac arrest. She was 71 years old. In a forty-year career, he choreographed about 2000 songs. His most successful collaborations were with actors Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit. He choreographed songs like “Ek Do Teen”, “Hum Ko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar”, “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga”, “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai” and “Tamma Tamma” and many more.
Sushant Singh Rajput (21 January 1986 – 14 June 2020)
One of The Biggest Star and one of the best Bollywood celebrities that we lost in 2020 Actor Sushant Singh Rajput died on 14 June in Mumbai. After starring in the TV show Kiss Desh Hai Mera Dil and Pavitra Rishta, Sushant Singh Rajput made his Bollywood debut with Abhishek Kapoor’s film Kai Po Che! Sushant then starred in Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015), and gave the best performance of his career as MS Dhoni in 2016 MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. In 2019, Sushant Singh Rajput made two big releases, the critically acclaimed Sonchiraya and the popular film Chhichhore. Sushant’s last film Dil Bechara was a digital release after his death.
Jagesh Mukati (1973 – 10 June 2020)
Television actor Jagesh Mukati, who starred in shows like Amita Ka Amit and Shree Ganesh, died on 10 June. Jagesh Mukati was 47 years old. Jagesh Mukati was also featured in Gujarati plays and programs. He was also seen in Sidharth Malhotra andParineeti Chopra starrer Hasee To Phasee.
Chiranjeevi Sarja (17 October 1984 – 7 June 2020)
Kannada actor Chiranjeevi Sarja died on June 7 in Bengaluru after suffering a heart attack. He was 36. He was the brother of actor Dhruv Sarja and nephew of actor Arjun Sarja. Chiranjeevi was launched by Arjun, who bankrolled the former film Vayuputra, a remake of the Tamil film Sandakozhi in 2009. And over a ten-year career, he acted in more than 20 films. The actor was last seen in Shivarjuna.
Basu Chatterjee (10 January 1927 – 4 June 2020)
Filmmaker-screenwriter Basu Chatterjee, best known for directing films such as Choti Si Baat, Rajnigandha, Baaton Baaton Mein, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, and Chameli Ki Shaadi and many others, died of age-related issues on June 4 in Mumbai. He was 93. Known for his distinct cinematic language, he was one of the pioneers of cinema in the middle of the road.
Anil Suri (1943 – 4 June 2020)
Bollywood producer Anil Suri, who bankrolled films like Raj Kumar-Rekha starrer Karmayogi and Raj Tilak, died on June 4 due to coronavirus, Anil Suri was 77 years old.
Wajid Khan (7 October 1977 – 1 June 2020)
Wajid Khan one of the best music composers and singers of Bollywood with duo Sajid-Wajid, Wajid died on 1 June due to cardiac arrest. He was just 42 years old. Wajid was popular for his songs like “Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita”, “Hud Hud Dabangg”, “Jalwa”, and “Fevicol Se” among others. The Biggest Star and one of the best Bollywood celebrities that we lost in 2020.
Yogesh Gaur (19 March 1943 – 29 May 2020)
Veteran lyricist Yogesh Gaur, who is better known for his lyrics in the Bollywood industry, died on 29 May. He was 77 years old. Yogesh Gaur wrote the hit songs “Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye” and “Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli” that defined the superhit film Anand (1971). Yogesh Gaur worked with many prominent names including Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee. His last debut as a lyricist was in the 2017 film Angreji Mein Kehte Hain.
Preksha Mehta (5 July 1994 – 25 May 2020)
Preksha Mehta acted in TV shows like Tu Aashiqui, Crime Patrol, Laal Ishq, and Meri Durga. Preksha Mehta was also a part of Akshay Kumar’s starrer Padman.
Mohit Baghel (7 June 1993 – 23 May 2020)
Actor Mohit Baghel, who was famous for playing the role of Amar Chaudhary in Superstar Salman Khan’s Ready, died of cancer on May 23. He was 26 years old. Mohit has also acted in the film Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami and Gali Gali Chor Hai.
Rishi Kapoor (4 September 1952 – 30 April 2020)
One of the best and finest Bollywood actors of all time Rishi Kapoor died in Mumbai on April 30 after a long battle with cancer. Rishi Kapoor was just 67. The actor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and then traveled to New York for treatment. Rishi Kapoor is survived by his wife Nitu Kapoor and children Ranbir Kapoor and Ridhima Kapoor. The Biggest Star and one of the best Bollywood celebrities that we lost in 2020.
Irrfan Khan (7 January 1967 – 29 April 2020)
If anyone talking about the best actor whose acting looks realistic undoubtedly a name comes on your’s mouth and that name is the Great “Irrfan Khan”. The Biggest Star and one of the best Bollywood celebrities that we lost in 2020, Irrfan Khan breathed his last at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai on 29 April after a long battle with cancer. He was 53 years old. Irrfan Khan’s health had declined since the detection of neuroendocrine cancer in 2018. He often went to London for treatment. His last Hindi film was English Medium, which was released on 13 March this year.
V. Sethuraman (29 October 1984 – 26 March 2020)
Tamil actor and dermatologist Dr. Sethuraman died on March 26 in Chennai following a cardiac arrest. He was 34. He is also known as Sethu in the Tamil film industry, Dr. Sethuraman made his debut in Kannada Laddu Thinna Aasaiya with Santhanam and Vishaka Singh. He acted in films like Vaaliba Raja, 50/50, and Sakka Podu Podu Raja.
Nimmi (18 February 1933 – 25 March 2020)
Veteran actor Nimmi died on 25 March in a hospital in Juhu, Mumbai. He was 87 years old. Born as Nawab Bano, Nimmi made her debut in Raj Kapoor’s Barsaat. She appeared in hit films in the 50s and early 60s. Some of his memorable films include Mehboob Khan’s Aan (1952), Daag (1952), Amar (1954), Uran Khatola (1955), Basant Bahar (1956), and Mere Mehboob (1963).
Sejal Sharma (26 October 1994 – 24 January 2020)
TV actor Sejal Sharma, best known for playing the role of Simmi Khosla in Star Plus Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji, reportedly died by suicide on 24 January. Apart from Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji, Sharma was seen in Laal Ishq of &TV’s and Zing’s Zindagi U. She also starred in the web series Azad Parinde of Being Indian’s.
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