From the young Sushant Singh Rajput and Irrfan Khan to industry veteran SP Balasubrahmanyam and Astad Deboo, here are some famous B-town celebrities whom we lost in 2020.
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Irrfan Khan | Famous actor Irrfan Khan, known for his memorable performances in films such as The Life of Pi, The Lunchbox, Paan Singh Tomar, Piku, Maqbool, among others breathed his last on April 29 in Mumbai after he was diagnosed with colon infection. Irrfan’s mother passed away in Jaipur just three days before his death. The actor’s last film was Angrezi Medium, co-starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, Radhika Madan, Pankaj Tripathi, Dimple Kapadia, among others. (Image: Reuters)
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Rishi Kapoor | Veteran Bollywood actor passed away at the age of 67 on April 30 in Mumbai following a long battle with leukaemia. The actor was undergoing treatment in the US and returned to India in September 2019. Rishi Kapoor was third-generation actor from the Kapoor family. Kapoor began his career as a child artiste in Mera Naam Joker (1970). He also received the National Award for the film. His last film was 102 Not Out co-starring Amitabh Bachchan. (Image: Reuters)
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Mohit Baghel | The actor was best known for playing the role of Amar Chaudhary in Salman Khan's Ready. He died of cancer on May 23. He was also seen in Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra’s Jabariya Jodi. (Image: Twitter)
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Wajid Khan | Music composer of the famous duo Sajid-Wajid passed away due to cardiac arrest on June 1 at the age of 42. Sajid-Wajid debuted in the Bollywood with Salman's 1998 movie Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya. (Image: Twitter)
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Basu Chatterjee | Legendary director Basu Chatterjee breathed his last on June 4 in Mumbai the age of 90. Chatterjee, a dialogue writer, screenplay writer, and producer, has directed a number of Bengali films and television serials. (Image: IMDB)
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Sushant Singh Rajput | The film industry was shocked when the 34-year old actor was found dead at his Bandra apartment. His death sparked a massive debate and controversies and leading to a CBI enquiry. Rajput was famous for his role in television show Pavitra Rishta before he entered Bollywood. He made his debut on the big screen in 2013 with the film Kai Po Che. He earned praise for his performance in films such as MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Shuddh Desi Romance, and Chhichhore, among others.
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Saroj Khan | Veteran Bollywood choreographer passed away due to cardiac arrest on July 3 at the age of 71. The three-time National Award winner Khan was suffering from a kidney condition and was on regular dialysis support. She started her career in the film industry as a child artiste and played the younger Shyama in Nazarana. She became a background dancer in the 1950s. Her choreography for the song Hawa Hawai from Mr. India (1987) for Sridevi made her famous. Moreover, her collaboration with Madhuri Dixit boosted her fame.
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Jagdeep | It is hard to forget the role of Soorma Bhopali in blockbuster film Sholay played by Jagdeep. The veteran film comedian portrayed a variety of characters in his eventful career spanning over decades. Jagdeep died on July 9 at the age of 81. He appeared in nearly 400 films. Jagdeep's real name was Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri.
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Rahat Indori | Famous Urdu poet died of a heart attack n August 11. He was 70. Indori was being treated for COVID-19. With a 50-year career in poetry, Indori was known for the lyrics of songs like "M Bole toh" from Munnabhai MBBS (2003), Chori Chori Jab Nazrein Mili from Kareeb (1998), Koi jaye to le aye from Ghatak (1996), and "Neend Churai Meri" from Ishq (1997). Earlier this year, his poem "Bulati hai magar jane ka nahi" went viral on social media, rendering him a sensation among the youth.
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SP Balasubrahmanyam | Six-time National Award-winning legendary playback singer passed away on September 25 in Chennai. He was 74. He was laid to rest with full state honours on September 26. Balasubrahmanyam had a massive career spanning over five decades and has recorded more than 40,000 songs across various languages.
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Asif Basra | Bollywood actor Asif Basra was found hanging in a private complex in the Dharamshala city of Himachal Pradesh on November 12. The reason for his death still unknown and the Himachal Pradesh police is investigating the matter.
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Astad Deboo | Contemporary dancer and choreographer passed away in Mumbai at the age of 73 on December 10 after a brief illness. His family released a statement saying, "He leaves behind a formidable legacy of unforgettable performances combined with an unswerving dedication to his art, matched only by his huge, loving heart that gained him thousands of friends and a vast, number of admirers."