In 2023, the world mourns the loss of several beloved celebrities who left an indelible mark on their respective fields. From iconic actors to influential directors, their deaths have left a void in the entertainment industry.
Known for playing some of the most iconic characters in films like Mr. India, Deewana Mastana, Satish Kaushik passed away on August 12, 2023 at the age of 72. He was at his farm in Gurugram when he suffered a heart attack. He was immediately taken to hospital but could not be saved. Apart from being an actor, Kaushik also made a name for himself in the film industry as a director who directed the cult film Tere Naam. He will be seen posthumously in Kangana Ranaut starrer Emergency.
Nitesh Pandey died of a heart attack on May 23, at the age of 51. Pandey was found dead in a hotel room in Igatpuri. He was a part of some popular TV shows like Astitva…Ek Prem Kahani and Anupama. He was also noticed with his small but interesting role in films like Om Shanti On and Khosla Ka Ghosla.
Film and television veteran Goofy Paintall passed away on June 5, 2023. He began his career in the 1970s and went on to work in many films and television shows, but the one role that became his identity was that of Shakuni Mama in Mahabharat. His other works include films and TV shows like Suhaag, Desh Pardes, Hum Paanch, Shaktimaan and others.
Indian director and screenwriter Pradeep Sarkar died at the age of 67 on March 24. He was admitted to hospital days before his death due to health complications, including pneumonia that developed after a viral fever. Sarkar won worldwide acclaim for adapting Saratchandra’s romantic novel into an elegant 1960s love story Parineeta in 2005. He went on to direct films like Mardaani, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and Helicopter Eela.
Bollywood’s renowned art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai passed away at the age of 58 on August 2. He killed himself. According to the police, he was having financial problems as he had taken a loan ₹185 crores through two loans from ECL Finance in 2016 and 2018. He is known for his work in films like Lagaan, Jodhaa Akbar, Devdas, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and others.
Naeem Sayyed, known professionally as Junior Mehmood, was suffering from stomach cancer and lost the battle on December 8. His stage name was given by the late comedy icon Mehmood after they shared screen space in the 1968 film Suhaag Raat. He went on to work in films like Naunihal, Caravan, Haathi Mere Saathi, Mera Naam Joker, Suhaag Raat, Brahmachari, Kati Patang and other.
Actor Akhil Mishra, who played the librarian in Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots, died on September 21 at the age of 67. Mishra fell off a stool in the kitchen and injured his head, which led to profuse bleeding and other complications that led to his death. He has acted in films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Well Done Abba, Calcutta Mail and Shah Rukh Khan’s Don and TV shows like Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se, Uttaran, Pardes Mein Mila Koi Apna and Shrimaan Shrimati.
Popular TV actor Dinesh Phadnis passed away on December 5 after suffering multiple organ damage. He was known for his quirky and funny role in the crime detective series CID, which ran for more than two decades. The 57-year-old also appeared in the popular sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah and played supporting roles in films like Super 30 and Sarfarosh.
Actor Rio Kapadia, known for his work in films like Chak De! India, Mardaani and Happy New Year passed away on 14 September. He was last seen in one of the episodes of Made in Heaven 2. The actor fought for a long time with cancer and said goodbye to the world at the age of 66.
Popular filmmaker Aditya Chopra’s mother and Yash Chopra’s wife Pamela Chopra passed away at the age of 74 on April 20. Few people know that Chopra was also an amazing singer who sang for films like Kabhi Kabhie, Darr, Silsila and Mujhse Dosti Karoge. She has also worked as a writer, associate producer and dress designer. Javed Khan Amrohi
Javed Khan Amrohi
Javed Khan Amrohi may not have played lead roles in films, but he has always made his presence felt with incredible acting skills. He was seen in films like Lagaan, Andaz Apna Apna, Chak De India, Coolie No 1, Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke, Laadla, Ishq among many others. He also worked in television and made a lasting impression with shows like Mirza Ghalib and Nukkad. The actor died after a long illness on February 14.
Sanjay Gadhvi was just 3 days away from turning 57 when the news of his death broke on November 19. Gadhvi’s daughter later shared that her father was in perfectly good health and therefore his death was shocking. The director debuted with the 2000 film Tere Liye and later went on to make one of the most popular franchises Dhoom – Dhoom 1 and Djoom 2 specially.