It too ruled hearts of millions with her performance like Parveen Babi. Her movies like ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, ‘Howrah Bridge’ and ‘Mr and Mrs 55’ were super hits all over. Also, like Babi, she died a lonely death with no one at her side with no one to look after her in her final days. Her marble tomb was adorned with ‘aayats’ and verse dedications from the Quran but even her final resting place was uprooted in 2010 to make way for newer graves.
2. Meena Kumari
She met a tragic end. Meena Kumari’s real tragedy was that she could have seen the adulation her film Pakeezah was creating at around at the time when she was fighting a losing battle to liver cirrhosis caused by an acute addiction to alcohol. addiction. Known as Tragedy Queen, Meena Kumari died the age of 40 without fully knowing how much audiences loved her.
4. Guru Dutt
The great star that he was, in 1964, Guru Dutt was found dead from an overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills. While his family claims the incident was an accident, it is more or less established that Dutt committed suicide. It is believed that he was depressed about the distance between him and wife Geeta and had been having morbid thoughts for a while.
5. Silk Smitha
Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati, or Silk Smitha as you know her, is one of the most well known erotic actresses we know of. She worked in 450 films in 17 years and she wanted to turn producer when things did not fall in place for her and apparently she committed suicide by poisoning herself in 1996. Failed romance, depression and dependency on alcohol have been cited as other reasons for her premature death.
7. Manmohan Desai
Manmohan Desai’s blockbusters are till date the benchmark for the most successful people in the industry today. He was the brains behind iconic movies such as Amar Akbar Anthony, Coolie, Parvarish and Aa Gale Lag Jaa. His death created as much curiosity as his earlier films after he fell off his residence building at Grant Road in Mumbai. Like other stalwarts who faced such things, Details about the real nature of his death are still shrouded in mystery. Was it a suicide?
8. Priya Rajvansh
Priya Rajvansh is one of the most beautiful and underrated actress from Bollywood who acted in films like ‘Heer Ranjha’ and ‘Hanste Zakhm’ in the 70s. She was murdered in cold blood in 2000. It was initially deemed a suicide but it was only later established that she had been killed by her late husband Chetan Anand’s children and two other accomplices for property.
10. Parveen Babi
She was and remains one of the most sensational heroines in the showbiz. She was found dead in her apartment on Janaury 20, 2005. Babi lived a lonely life and nobody certain whether she committed suicide or if she died a natural death as her body was found after the flat had to be broken into by the police.
11. Divya Bharti
Her death shocked the entire country. She died at the tender age of 19. It is still unclear if she fell off the fifth floor of a building or whether she was pushed by someone or if she was drunk and lost her balance. She made her mark and left her legacy with films like ‘Deewana’.
13. Kunal Singh
The long-haired guy from ‘Dil Hi Dil Mein’ died by hanging himself in 2008. His father created furore by claiming that it was not a suicide as it seemed but a murder. The industry was torn apart as a result of this untimely and young death of a person who yet had miles to go.
14. Nafisa Joseph
Popular VJ Nafisa Joseph’s budding Bollywood career came to an abrupt halt after hanging herself to death at the age of 26. According to police investigation, she was due to marry businessman Gautam Khanduja in a few weeks time and that a spat with Khanduja pushed her to the edge.