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Indian cinema has lost many leading ladies early

Pracheta Panja

Sridevi died in Dubai at 54

Bangalore, February 27, 2018: The sudden death of actress Sridevi Kapoor has left her fans worldwide in shock. She was in Dubai attending her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding along with her husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi. Her husband found her body in a bathtub in the hotel they were staying at. Dubai police on Monday said the 54-year-old drowned in the bathtub after losing consciousness.

The Indian film industry has lost several popular actresses at an early age.
Reema Lagoo, who  worked in films like ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ and ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, died on May 18, 2017, following a massive heart attack. She was 58. Lagoo had also acted in TV serials ‘Khandaan’, ‘Shriman Shrimati’ and ‘Tu Tu Main Main’.

Parveen Babi, one of Bollywood’s most glamorous  actresses, passed away on January 20, 2005, at the age of 55. Her body was found 72 hours after her death. The reason suspected for her death was complications from diabetic condition. She worked with leading heroes like Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Dharmendra and Rajesh Khanna.

Divya Bharti died very young. She was just 19 when she fell to death from her fifth-floor apartment in Mumbai in April 1993. During her short career, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She acted in 21 Hindi, Tamil and Telugu movies.

The legendary Smita Patil died from post-childbirth complications on December 13, 1986, at the age of 31. Once a newsreader, Patil became a leading light of parallel cinema. Her roles in ‘Manthan’, ‘Bhumika’, ‘Aakrosh’, ‘Chakra’ and ‘Mirch Masala’ won her critical acclaim.

Meena Kumari, a leading heroine of the 1950s and 1960s,  died on March 31, 1972, at the age of 39. She acted in 92 films. Her work in ‘Baiju Bawra’, ‘Aarti’, ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’, ‘Pakeezah’ and ‘Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai’ won her great popularity. She started her career as a child artiste and won four Filmfare awards.

Madhubala, considered one of the most beautiful actresses of Indian cinema, died in February 1969 when she was 36. She had a hole in the heart that was detected when she was shooting for a movie in 1954. She essayed memorable roles in ‘Mahal’, ‘Mr & Mrs 55’, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’, ‘Howrah Bridge’, ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ and ‘Barsaat Ki Raat’. Her performance in ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, opposite Dilip Kumar, established her as an iconic figure in Indian cinema.