This year, we have sadly said goodbye to many notable celebrities. More than most, 2020 has been a year marked by the loss but even in the face of a pandemic, the loss of these unforgettable stars stings in the body, who had decades to make their indelible mark in the film industry. From television icons to musical legends to heroes we see onscreen, fans around the globe mourned the loss of these great entertainers. Here is the list of a few stars, whom the nation lost in 2020 and whose work will be cherished forever.
Few singers could rival him in popularity, fewer were as versatile. Still, fewer were as prolific as him! Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away at the age of 74 on September 25, following coronavirus complications. After testing positive for Covid-19 in the first week of August, he was shifted to the ICU after his condition deteriorated. He remained on a ventilator till his last breath. Fans will remember him for his unparalleled contribution to Indian music.
Sushant Singh Rajput
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away in Mumbai on June 14. Tearing at this tragedy immoderately, many TV channels and social media commentariat pieced together evidence and equally quickly suggested that SSR’s death was a foul murder with the paw-marks of top Shiv Senapoliticians. After starring in TV shows Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil and Pavitra Rishta, Rajput made his Bollywood debut in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che! He then gave his career-best performance as MS Dhoni in 2016’s MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. Sushant’s last film Dil Bechara had a digital release after his death. It’s been more than five months since he left us but his fans still go back to his old pictures, videos, and interviews while reminiscing about him.
Jaya Prakash Reddy
Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy passed away at his residence in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on September 8 after suffering a cardiac arrest. Hailing from Allagadda in Kurnool district, he was immensely popular for villainy roles with his trademark Rayalaseema dialect. In his celluloid journey spanning for three decades, the versatile actor starred in over 100 films and shared the screen opposite all A-list heroes of Tollywood. Despite busy with movies, he never neglected his love for theatre and continued to play interesting roles in several stage plays over the years.
Actor Irrfan is no more but he continues to be remembered for his work. When he returned from his treatment for cancer abroad and shot for a film for the first time in more than a year, fans allowed themselves a little hope. But he breathed his last on April 29 in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 53. Irrfan Khan’s health had been on the decline ever since he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in 2018. He had been traveling to London frequently for treatment. His last Hindi film was Angrezi Medium with a shot of Irfaan, his head slightly out of a car window, a beautiful smile on his face, closing his eyes — it felt like a goodbye.
With the amalgamation of several dance forms, Saroj Khan made her own style of dancing and made people groove on her beat across the world. The Bollywood choreographer passed away in Mumbai on July 3, following a cardiac arrest. She was 71. The three-time National Award winner was dearly regarded as the bonafide masterji in the Hindi film industry by actors across generations and in a career spanning forty years, she choreographed nearly 2,000 songs. It would not be wrong to say that the magic of Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi would be incomplete without her.
Music director Wajid Khan, known for his compositions for Salman Khan’s popular movies such as Wanted, the Dabangg franchise, and Ek Tha Tiger, passed away on June 1. Even though Wajid’s untimely demise at the age of 42 comes as devastating news for fans, it has been reported that the cause of his death is COVID-19 and he was under critical care for the same. Wajid also had a history of underlying medical conditions, which kept him in and out of hospitals in the past year. The music composer duo made their Bollywood debut with Salman’s 1998 movie Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and went on to work on actor’s various films including Garv, Tere Naam, Tumko Na Bhool Payenge, Partner, and more.
Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passed away in Mumbai on April 30 following a long battle with cancer. He was 67. The actor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and had then traveled to New York for treatment. Kapoor is survived by his wife Neetu Kapoor and children Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor. Many of the girls crushed on him despite the age-gap. No doubt that his son Ranbir Kapoor is also a heartthrob but we cannot deny the fact that Rishi Ji was a handsome man indeed.
Eminent Kuchipudi dancer and Padma Sri Awardee, Sobha Naidu passed away in the wee hours of October 14 at a private hospital in Hyderabad. The 64-year-old legendary personality has been undergoing treatment for a brain hemorrhage and her condition turned critical a day before her death. Born in 1956 at Anakapalli town in Andhra Pradesh, Sobha began to learn Kuchipudi at 12 years of age and she was among the fondest disciples of renowned guru Vempati Chinna Satyam. In 2001, the Government of India awarded Sobha Naidu the civilian honor of Padma Shri.
The Telugu television industry lost a young and prominent talent. The suicide of actress Sravani Kondapalli sparked a debate on suicide yet again. She died by suicide on September 8 at her residence in Hyderabad. The 26-year-old allegedly ended her life due to the harassment by TV actor Ambati Devaraja Reddy, realtor Mangamuthula Sai Krishna Reddy, and Tollywood producer Gummakonda Ashok Reddy who have been charged with abetment to suicide. Sravani has done roles in popular TV serials such as Manasu Mamatha and Mounaragam.
Director-actor Nishikant Kamat passed away on August 17 in Hyderabad’s AIG Hospitals after a battle with liver cirrhosis. He was 50. The director was known for helming movies such as Dombivali Fast, Mumbai Meri Jaan, Force, Drishyam, Rocky Handsome, and Madaari. As an actor, he was known for his performances in Daddy, Rocky Handsome, Julie 2, and Bhavesh Joshi. His directorial debut Dombivali Fast won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi. As per reports, Kamat took pride in his straightforward approach and his friends outside the film industry who stood by him in his tough times. He enjoyed acting and was very strict as a director.
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