It is always inevitable to lose great actors and artists who pass away either due to old age or some form of tragedy. This year has been no exception in that regard. 2019 has seen some major celebrity demise, whose loss left everyone stunned. So here is a look at some stars who left us and celebrate their contributions to cinema.
2019 had begun with the demise of veteran actor-writer Kader Khan, who died at the age of 81 on January 1 in Toronto, Canada. He was reportedly suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a degenerative disease that causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking and dementia. He is known for his impeccable comic timing in films like Coolie, Coolie No 1, Mr and Mrs Khiladi, Hero No 1, Dulhe Raja, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and more. As much as he is known for an evolved form of writing where he presented heavy Urdu dialogues in quintessential masala Hindi film-style, that made it more acceptable to common movie watcher.
Legendary actor and playwright Girish Karnad died at the age of 81 on June 10 in Bengaluru after multiple organ failure. He was suffering from a prolonged illness. Karnad acted in films like Nishant, Bhumika, Manthan, Swami, China Gate, Pukar, Iqbal, Dor, Tiger Zinda Hai and many more. He played Swami’s father in Shankar Nag’s Malgudi Days, a television series that aired in 1987. Apart from this, Karnad was also seen in TV serials such as Indradhanush and Khaandaan. He was also a recipient of Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Jnanpith Award.
Shabana Azmi’s mother and actor Shaukat Kaifi Azmi died at the age of 93 on November 22 due to old age. Kaifi’s son-in-law, Javed Akhtar, had confirmed her demise on Twitter. Shaukat Azmi acted in films such as Heer Ranjha, Garam Hawa, Bazaar, Umrao Jaan and a few others. Along with her husband Kaifi Azmi, who was a noted lyricist in Hindi cinema, Shaukat had worked in the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and the Progressive Writers Association (PWA) for several years.
On December 17, veteran actor Shreeram Lagoo died at the age of 92 in Pune. His demise was confirmed by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Twitter. Lagoo’s notable films are Thodi Si Bewafai, Souten, Muqaddar Ka Sikander, Laawaris including many others. The actor has been a part of over 100 Hindi and Marathi films in his career. He also worked in more than 40 Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati plays, of which 20 Marathi plays were directed by him.
Known for films such as Rajnigandha, Chhoti Si Baat and Pati Patni Aur Woh, Vidya Sinha died at the age of 71 on Independence Day (August 15). The actress was rushed to the hospital after she had complained of breathlessness. Vidya was diagnosed with lung and heart disorders. She was seen in Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Bodyguard in 2011 after a long break from films. Vidya stepped into the TV world with soap operas such as Kaavyaanjali, Zaara, Neem Neem Shahad Shahad, Qubool Hai, Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala and many others.
Ajay Devgn’s father and action director Veeru Devgan died at the age of 77 on May 27 in Mumbai, following a long illness. Veeru was also a known stuntman in the Hindi film industry. He began his career in 1974 with the film Roti Kapda Aur Makaan. From Mr Natwarlal and Phool Aur Kaante to Khoon Bhari Maang and Dil Kya Kare, he choreographed many action scenes in films. But Veeru was not just an action director, he also directed a film titled Hindustan Ki Kasam, which starred Ajay opposite Amitabh Bachchan.
Veteran Hindi and Marathi film-theatre actor Viju Khote passed away due to multiple organ failure on September 29, 2019. He was 77. The actor, most famous for playing the dacoit Kalia in “Sholay” and Robert in “Andaz Apna Apna”, died at his residence.
At the age of 67, Shyam Ramsay breathed his last on September 18 in Mumbai. He was one of the seven Ramsay Brothers who are known for cult horror films like Puraani Haveli and Tahkhaana. Shyam was considered the brain behind the banner. He was also the creator of TV series Zee Horror Show and directed over 30 films including Bandh Darwaza and Veerana.
Actor Kushal Punjabi, who has appeared in several films and television shows, committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan with a nylon rope on December 26 night. A suicide note written in English has been found by the police. The suicide note states that no one is responsible for his death. He has also mentioned about the distribution of his property among his family in the suicide note. He is best known for his appearance in films like Lakshya, Andaz and Kaal. He also appeared in several music videos such as Pehla Nasha (remix) and DJ Aqeel’s Kehdoon Tumhen recreation.