The death of an actor leaves a void in the lives of his fans. The unrivaled and unparalleled performances of the actors remain etched in their hearts forever. Sadly, there are so many of these talented actors who left for their heavenly abode at a very young age and we’re here to bring you the names of those who left too early!
Countless young popular actors like Jiah Khan, Inder Kumar, Vivek Shauq, Rasika Joshi, Sidharth Shukla, Pratyusha Banerjee, Taruni Sachdev, were at the peak of their popularity but left the world in shock after their untimely demise.
Here we list the 13 best deceased young Bollywood actors who are also considered one of the greatest actors of all time!
1- Guru Dutt
On July 9, 1925, legendary film personality Guru Dutt lived only 39 years and worked in 16 films as an actor, also worked in films as a director-producer and also choreographed in some of them.
Guru Dutt’s death is still a mystery, some sources say it was a suicide which was his third attempt and some sources reported that he took alcohol and sleeping pills after which he died as a result of an overdose. Baazi (1951), Jaal (1952) in Pyaasa (1957) and Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) are all his classic films.
2- Meena Kumari
Mahjabeen Bano well known by her stage name Meena Kumari referred to as Queen of tragedy and also called woman Guru Dutt of Indian cinema. She was born on August 1, 1933 and began her acting career at an early age.
On March 31, 1972, at the age of 38, actress, poet, singer and costume designer Meena Kumari left the world with cirrhosis of the liver and it happened after a week of her acclaimed film. the Pakeezah Criticism (1972).
3- Divya Bharti
In a short span of 3 years, Divya Bharti became the most popular face of the 90s. She started her acting career at age 16 and has worked in over 20 films, including Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, which have achieved critical and commercial success.
Born February 25, 1974, this actress died April 5, 1993 from head injuries after falling from her balcony. She was only 19 years old and her death remains a mystery to all. Her Bollywood debut Vishwatma (1992) and Deewana (1992) brought her great fame, despite a short career she is considered one of the most popular actresses in Indian cinema.
4- Sanjeev Kumar
Harihar Jethalal Jariwala, better known by his stage name Sanjeev Kumar was born July 9, 1938. He is considered one of the most versatile actors of all time who has twice won the National Film Award, for best actor for Dastak (1971) and Koshish (1973).
On November 6, 1985, Sanjeev Kumar left the world due to a heart attack. The actor is well known for Shikar (1969), Sholay (1976), Aandhi (1976), Arjun Pandit (1977), Angoor (1982).
5- Vinod Mehra
On February 13, 1945 born Vinod Mehra began his acting career at the age of 13 but played a lead role in Ek Thi Rita (1971) after which he worked continuously and played lead and supporting roles in over 50 films until his death on October 30, 1990.
Vinod directed and produced the film Gurudev (1993) which was released 3 years after his death from a heart attack. Nagin (1976), Ghar (1978), Anurodh (1977), Amar Deep (1979), Jaani Dushman (1979), Bemisal (1982) are his most noticed films.
6- Smita Patil
On December 13, 1986, born Smita Patil, lived 31 years. She had a short 12-year career in the industry, but her remarkable work is still remembered. At the age of 30, she received the country’s fourth highest civilian honor, Padma Shri, just a year before her death on December 13, 1986.
Smita Patil has worked in the Marathi, Telugu, Punjabi and Hindi film industries. Her best films are Bhumika (1977), Chakra (1980) won the Nation Film Award for Best Actress. Bazaar (1983), Arth (1984), Mandi (1984), Mirch Masala (1985) and Ghulami (1985).
Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi is very popular as Madhubala and is considered to be one of the most beautiful and refined actresses of all time. She was born on February 14, 1933 and began her acting career at the age of 9.
In 22 years, including children’s roles, she appeared in around 75 films. Mughal-e-Azam (1960) with The Tragedy King Dilip Kumar is an evergreen film of Indian cinema. Mahal (1949), Amar (1954), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958) are also highly rated films. She breathed her last at the age of 36, after suffering from an interventricular communication, where she had a hole in the heart.
8- Amjad Khan
Amjad Khan was born on November 12, 1940, his character of Gabbar de Sholay (1975) brought him such fame that even moviegoers consider him the best villain of all time. At the age of 11, Amjad began his acting career and played the role of a child artist in a few films.
More than 10 films were released after his death on April 27, 1992 from a heart attack. His notable work is Sholay (1975), Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977), Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978). He died at the age of 51.
9- Geeta Bali
Harikirtan Kaur a very famous Indian actress Geeta Bali was born on November 30, 1930. In 10 years of her short career, she has shot around 70 films and left a mark behind her.
On January 21, 1965, Geeta Bali died of smallpox while shooting a movie in the Punjab, at the age of 34. His notable works include Sohag Raat (1948), Bawre Nain (1950), Baazi (1951), Mr. India (1961).
KS Sowmya Satyanrayana or Soundarya Raghu was born on July 18, 1976 under her stage name Soundrya who rose to prominence in the Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi film industries.
On April 17, 2004, at the age of 27, the actress left the world. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s successful actress Sooryavansham (1999) who played Radha Singh with him has died from a crash in a plane crash.
11- Sushant Singh Rajput
The famous Bollywood actor who started his career in the TV series “Pavitra Rishta” and landed in Bollywood with Kai Po Che (2013), Sushant Singh Rajput was born on January 21, 1986.
Sushant was at the peak of his career when he committed suicide on June 14, 2020, when he was found hanged in his bedroom. Some of his notable works include Shudh Desi Romance (2013), PK (2014), Raabta (2017), Sonchiriya (2019) and his latest film Dil Bechara (2020).
Legendary actress Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, referred to by her stage name Sridevi, was born on August 13, 1963 and was the Queen of Bollywood in her day. Sridevi began her career at a young age as a child artist in a Tamil film Kandhan Karunai (1967), when she was only four years old.
The actress left for her heavenly abode in 2018 at the age of 54, when she died of an accidental drowning in her hotel room.
Some of his well-known works include Julie (1975), Himmatwala (1983), Karma (1986), Mr. India (1987), English Vinglish (2017) and Mom (2017). She was even honored with the National Film Awards for the last two films posthumously.
13- Irrfan Khan
If we are talking about pure talent, Irrfan Khan is a name you should not miss! This iconic actor lost his life to a chronic disease, a neuroendocrine tumor in 2020 at the age of 53.
Irrfan is known for his magnificent three-decade career where he made his debut with the film Salaam Bombay (1988). He then had a long list of notable works such as Haasil (2003), Maqbool (2004), The Namesake (2006), Life In A Metro (2007), The Lunchbox (2013), Haider (2014) Piku (2015).
He even starred in famous Hollywood movies where he had a supporting role in films like The Amazing Spiderman (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015), Inferno (2016). He received a lot of praise for his performance in Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
Irrfan was not only a great actor, he also received a National Award, an Asian Film Award, and six Filmfare Awards. In 2011, he even received the Padma Shri and received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021, posthumously.