Indian celebrities who passed away in 2019. Image Source: Prokerala.com

December 19 : From veteran actors to musicians to comedians, Bollywood lost some most inspirational celebrities, who have passed away this year. We express our sorrow for losing these talented people. Let’s pay tribute to these great souls and look at their contributions to the industry.

Shreeram Lagoo

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Veteran actor Shreeram Lagoo

Veteran actor Shreeram Lagoo passed away on December 17, 2019, at the age of 92. He has immense contributions in theatre, Hindi and Marathi films, acting in over 250 films. Lagoo will be remembered for his films like Gharaonda, Nagrik, Shasan and many others.

Vidya Sinha

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Actress Vidya Sinha

This veteran actress will always be remembered for her films like Rajnigandha, Pati Patni Aur Woh and Chhoti Si Baat. She passed away at the age of 71 on August 15 after suffering from breathing issues.

Shaukat Azmi

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Veteran actress Shaukat Azmi

This brilliant actress was Shabana Azmi’s mother. The great soul left for the heavenly abode on November 22 at the age of 93. Shaukat Azmi’s contribution to theatre and films like Bazaar, Umrao Jaan, and many others will always be remembered.

Gita Siddharth Kak

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Trishul May 5, 1978. Rishi Kapoor was offered Sachin's role in Trishul but he refused the offer. The decline shocked Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, who told him that refusing the role would, ruin his career because they were a big name in the film industry and the role had been tailored made for him! Even though he declined the role he still showed up to the first shot of the film; maybe to cheer on uncle, Shashi? - Rishi mentioned in his autobiography. . . Seen here at the mahurat shot of the film Trishul are Yash Chopra, Randhir Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon, Amitabh Bachchan, Gita Siddharth, Sanjeev Kumar and Rishi Kapoor on January 3, 1977. @amitabhbachchan @chintskap @poonam_dhillon_ @yrf #trishul #yashchopra #yrf #amitabhbachan #sanjeevkumar #shashikapoor #sachin #waheedarehman #raakhee #rakheegulzar #hemamalini #poonamdhillon #premchopra #gitasiddharth #salimjaved #gulshanrai #bollywood #classicfilms #hindifilms #retrobollywoood #rishikapoor #102notout #mahuratshot

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This veteran actress, known for the classic Garam Hava passed away on December 14. A popular actress of the 70s and 80s, she featured in Sholay, Trishul, Disco Dancer, and many others.

Mohammed Zahur Khayyam

This veteran music composer passed away on August 19 due to lung infection. He will always live in our hearts for his brilliant music in films like Kabhi Kabhie, Umrao Jaan and many others.

Girish Karnad

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Quoting Ram Guha on Girish Karnad: "In 2017, 'Not in my Name' protests against Lynchings were held across India. The Bangalore event was organized by students from the Indian Institute of Science, & held on the steps of Town Hall on a weekday evening. This was one of the busiest parts of the city, at busiest time of day, with roads choked with buses, trucks, cars, scooters, and more. To get to the protests, one had to park half a mile away & walk. This I did, to join ranks of young, middle-aged & old Indians standing up for decency & civility in our public (& private) life. Girish Karnad, however, stayed well to the south of the Town Hall - an hour-and-a-half's drive in evening. He was in his late 70's, & suffering from a degenerative respiratory disorder, which obliged him to carry a cylinder at all times which sent oxygen to his lungs through tubes stuck into his nose. I did not expect Karnad to come. Nor did anyone else. As we stood silently holding up our placards, it began to rain. We carried on standing, in the open. A figure slipped in silently on my left. It was Girish. He had walked at least ten minutes in the rain from whichever side road his driver had parked his car in, carrying his cylinder and his tubes with him. He stood, and asked the person to his left if he could hold his placard. A student rushed in with an umbrella, which he opened and passed on to Karnad, who immediately shared it with the person to his right (me). Meanwhile, a group of Muslim men, in the row in front of us, murmured with delight and approval. One of them said to the other, in English: "Girish Karnad Sir has arrived!" That so many Hindus (and Christians) had come from all parts of the city mattered to them; that this particular Indian had come mattered most of all." . Actor, director, Kannada writer, Playwright, recipient of the Jnanpith Award in Kannada, the highest literary honour conferred in India; For all the differences, one will always respect & remember him for the way he communicated his dissent with absolute dignity! . Go Well Sir! RIP. #GirishKarnad

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This seasoned film and theatre personality, recipient of Padma Shri, died at 81 on June 10 due to multiple organ failures. He also wrote plays like Tughlaq and Hayavadana.

Veeru Devgan

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Veeru Devgan.

This veteran action director, the father of Ajay Devgn, breathed his last on May 27. He will always be remembered for his choreographed fight and action sequences in more than 80 films.

Viju Khote

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Actor Viju Khote, best known for his roles in Sholay and Andaz Apna Apna, passed away on Monday. He was 77. . After making his silver screen debut in 1964 film Ya Malak, Viju went on to star in movies like Sholay, Qurbani, Karz, Nagina, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Andaz Apna Apna among more. . Viju Khote is best remembered for his brief role in Sholay, in which he played an underling of Amjad Khan's Gabbar. His character in the film spoke one of the most well-known lines in Hindi cinema: "Sardar maine aap ka namak khaya hai." . In Andaz Apna Apna, he played the role of Robert and his appearance was also marked by a line of dialogue that later became famous: "Galti se mistake hogaya." . He was also known for his work in popular 90s sitcom Zabaan Sambhalke, which was based on British show Mind Your Language. . Besides having over 300 Hindi and Marathi films to his credit, Viju Khote was also active in Marathi theatre. (Via Indian Express) . . #vijukhote #sholey #shobhakhote #Bollywood #celebrity #passedaway #death #rip #ticketsplease #film #cinema #kalia #gabbar #andazapnaapna

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This seasoned star is remembered for his immense contribution to Hindi and Marathi film industry. Seen in Sholay, Andaaz Apna Apna, and many others, the star left for his heavenly abode on September 20, at the age of 77.

Champak Jain

This renowned producer passed away on October 31 due to brain haemorrhage. He is well known for films like Baazigar, Khiladi, Hulchul, Humraaz to name a few.

Nimish Pilankar

The death of this popular sound editor on November 24 at the age of 29 stirred a debate on Twitter. Nimish suffered from high blood pressure leading to brain haemorrhage.

Bala Singh

Kollywood actor Bala Singh passed away on November 27 at the age of 67 due to food poisoning. He has immense contribution to Tamil film industry and was associated with films like Kudimagan, NGK, Magamuni and many others.

Geeta Mali

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Marathi playback singer Geeta Mali died in an accident on Mumbai-Agra highway on November 14. The car in which she was travelling with her husband rammed into a container parked alongside the road. Geeta had cut her own music albums.

Kadri Gopalnath

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ಅಂತರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಖ್ಯಾತಿಯ ಕಲಾವಿದ, ಸ್ಯಾಕ್ಸೋಫೋನ್ ವಾದಕ ಪದ್ಮಶ್ರೀ ಡಾ. ಕದ್ರಿ ಗೋಪಾಲನಾಥ್ ಅವರ ನಿಧನದಿಂದ ಕರುನಾಡು ಹಾಗೂ ಕಲಾ ಪ್ರಪಂಚಕ್ಕೆ ತುಂಬಲಾರದ ನಷ್ಟವಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ‌ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ಧರ್ಮಸ್ಥಳದ ವತಿಯಿಂದ ‌ ಹೃದಯಸ್ಪರ್ಶಿ ಸಂತಾಪ ಸೂಚಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. There is indeed an uncompensated void in the music world with the demise of Padmashri Kadri Gopalnath, the saxophone legend. Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala offers heartfelt condolences. #deepcondolences #padmashri #kadrigopalnath #saxophone #dismissal #SDM #dharmasthalatemple

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Noted Indian saxophone player Kadri Gopalnath passed away on October 11 at the age of 69. Gopalnath is a Padmashree awardee and a pioneer of saxophone in Carnatic music.

Venu Madhav

Popular Telugu actor Venu Madhav breathed his last on September 25 at the age of 39. Madhav was suffering from kidney problem. A popular comedian, he starred in over 600 films in a variety of roles.

Sathar

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Kerala actor Sathar

Veteran Malayalam actor Sathar passed away on September 17 at the age of 67. Sathar acted in about 144 films, as a hero and a villain. Later he also tried his hands at production.

Shivlekh Singh

Child artist Shivlekh Singh, who acted in several Hindi TV serials, died in a car accident on July 19. The accident took place in Dharsiwa area, Raipur. While Shivlekh died on the spot, his parents were injured.

Swarup Dutta

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Veteran Bengali actor Swarup Dutta passed away on July 17 after he was hospitalised with head injuries caused due to a critical fall in his bathroom. Best known for his versatile roles in the 60s and 70s films, Swarup Dutta was 78.

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