Bollywood industry has time and again welcomed and cherished several young talents who have reigned the tinselville and earned immense fame. But, the industry has also witnessed those sad days, when a few of the industry's most promising faces met the inevitable reality of life which is the death.
With the recent shocking death of Bollywood actress Jiah Khan, we recall the memories of those young actors, who lost their lives under mysterious circumstances. While a few young stars are remembered for their accomplishments during their lifetime, a few others had just made a few toddler steps in the industry, when they fell victim in the hands of destiny.
Young actors like Parveen Babi, Jiah Khan, Divya Bharti, Smitha Patil, Guru Dutt, Sanjeev Kumar, Madhubala and many more still remain fresh and live in our minds. Several decades have passed since these Bollywood stars died, but their performances still remain fresh in our minds. Go through the slider to learn more about these late stars and their works in the Bollywood industry...
Jiah Khan (1988-2013)
Jiah Khan committed suicide by hanging herself in her apartment. She was reportedly very depressed over her sinking Bollywood career. She made her Bollywood debut with Nishabd, opposite the Big B.
Divya Bharti (1974-1993)
Despite having a short career in Bollywood, Divya Bharti was one of the most talented and promising stars of her times. She died under mysterious circumstances, after accidentally falling from a five-storey Tulsi apartment building in Versova Mumbai.
Smita Patil (1955-1986)
Regarded among the finest stage and film actresses of her times, Patil died at very young age. Smita died from childbirth complications on 13 December 1986, barely two weeks after having given birth to her son, Prateik Babbar.
Parveen Babi (1949-2005)
Babi is most remembered for her glamorous roles alongside top heroes of the 1970s and early 1980s in blockbusters like Deewar, Namak Halaal, Amar Akbar Anthony and Shaan. She suffered a sad demise. She died alone at her residence in Juhu. Nobody had a single clue of her death. She was living all alone till her death.
Madhubala (1933-1969 )
Madhubala was one of the greatest actresses in the history of Bollywood. She died young, after suffering from heart illness.
Guru Dutt (1925-1964)
A versatile genius, Guru Dutt is often credited with ushering in the golden era of Hindi cinema. On 10 October 1964, Guru Dutt was found dead in his bed in his rented apartment at Pedder Road in Mumbai. He is said to have been mixing alcohol and sleeping pills. His death may have been suicide, or just an accidental overdose. It would have been his third suicide attempt.
Priya Rajvansh (1937-2000)
She is known her performance in films like, Heer Raanjha (1970) and Hanste Zakhm (1973), amongst a handful of films she did during her career. Priya Rajvansh and Chetan Anand had a personal relationship and they lived-in together. She was murdered on 27 March 2000 in Chetan Anand's Ruia Park bungalow in Juhu, Mumbai, India. Police charged Chetan Anand's sons Ketan Anand and Vivek Anand along with their employees Mala Choudhary and Ashok Chinnaswamy with her murder.
Nirmal Pandey (1962-2010)
Pandey died at the age of 48 on 18 February 2010, from a heart attack in Mumbai. He is known for his roles in the film Bandit Queen.
Meena Kumari (1932-1972)
Kumari gained a reputation for playing grief-stricken and tragic roles, and her performances have been praised and reminisced throughout the years. Three weeks after the release of Pakeezah, Meena Kumari became seriously ill, and died on 31 March 1972 of liver cirrhosis.
Geeta Bali (1930-1965)
Bali died on 21 January 1965, having contracted smallpox while shooting a Punjabi film Rano. She was married to Shammi Kapoor, with whom she was working in the film Coffee House.
Taruni Sachdev (1998-2012)
The youngest of the lot, Taruni Sachdev died at a very tender age, in a plane crash. She worked as a child artist and prominently remembered as the famous 'Rasna girl.'