The people in the Hindi film industry might be happy for they have delivered several hit movies is 2011, but they are yet to recover from the death of veteran Bollywood actors like Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Navin Nischol and Goga Kapoor aka Anthony Gomes and filmmakers like Surinder Kapoor, Shamin Desai, Jagmohan Mundhra, Mani Kaul and MF Hussain as well as singers like Jagjit Singh, Bhimsen Joshi, Suchitra Mitra, Bhupen Hazarika. The death of all these has created irreplaceable vied in various fields of filmmaking.
Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor, who was popularly known as dancing star of Hindi cinema, died of kidney failure at the Breach Candy Hospital at 5.15 am on Sunday, 14th August. The 79-year-old dancing star had been unwell for some time and was on dialysis. The second son of Prithviraj Kapoor entered films as a junior artiste in 1948 and his debut as hero came in 1953 with Jeevan Jyoti. He had starred in several Blockbuster Hindi films.
Another Bollywood actor Dev Anand, who was popular as romantics hero, died of a heart attack at a hospital in London on Saturday night, 3rd December, 2011. The 88-year-old star made his screen debut in the Hindi films through Hum Ek Hain in 1946. With his good looks, melodious voice and success in romantic leads, Anand became a Bollywood superstar within just a few years. Besides acting, he had also tried out his hands in direction and producing a number of films.
Actor Navin Nischol died of a heart attack on 19 March, 2011, when he was on his way to Pune from Mumbai with producer Gurdeep Singh to spend a quiet Holi. The 65-year-old star had appeared important roles in several hit movies.
Veteran character artiste Goga Kapoor aka Anthony Gomes passed away on 2nd March, 2011. The 70-years-old artiste is remembered for his portrayal of villainous roles on-screen during 80s and 90s in Bollywood.
Renowned ghazal singer Jagjit Singh passed away at 8 am in Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai on Monday morning. The singer was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital on September 23 after he suffered brain haemorrhage. Lovingly known as 'The Ghazal King", Jagjit Singh rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the one who brought ghazals into Bollywood mainstream songs.
Hindustani classical musician Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, who spent his last days fighting the prolonged illness, breathed his last at Sahyadri Hospital in Pune around 8.05 am on January 24, 2011. The 89-year-old vocalist had sung for several films like Basant Bahar, Birbal My Brother and others.
Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika, who was hospitalised in the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute in Mumbai, died of multi-organ failure on 5 November, 2011. He is acknowledged widely in the Hindi film industry for introducing Hindi film to the sounds and folk music of Assam and Northeast India.
Singer Suchitra Mitra, a well-respected exponent of Rabindra Sangeet, died at her South Kolkata residence on 3rd January, 2011. The 86-years-old singer suffered cardiac arrest at around 1:30 pm, while she was having her lunch.
Producer Surinder Kapoor, the father of actors like Sanjay and Anil Kapoor, died at his Lokhandwala residence in Mumbai following a massive cardiac arrest on 24 September, 2011. He had produced several hit Bollywood movies like Mr India, Judaai, Loafer, Pukar, No Entry and few others.
Popular painter Maqbool Fida Husain aka MF Hussain died of cardiac arrest at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London on June 9. The 95-year-old painter had produced and directed a few films including Gaja Gamini with Madhuri Dixit.
Noted filmmaker Mani Kaul, who was considered one of the pioneers of new Indian cinema, died here today after prolonged illness. He had done several films like Uski Roti, Ashad Ka Ek Din, Duvidha and Idiot.
Jagmohan Mundhra, Hollywood-based Indian filmmaker, died due to internal bleeding on 4 September, 2011. The 62-year-old had made noteworthy films like Provoked, Bawandar.
Director Shamin Desai passed away before his maiden directorial venture 24x7 Raftaar saw the light of the day. Shamin had directed singer KK"s popular music-video 'Pal".