Bollywood Deaths 2016: 15 Celebrities Who Left Us For Heavenly Abode

Bollywood Deaths 2016: 15 Celebrities Who Left Us For Heavenly Abode

13 Jan 17 @ 4:02 PM | By Ravi

It’s time to look back at the year gone by which was 2016. As we enter 2017 we look back at some of the saddest moments and demise of some of our beloved Bollywood actors and celebrities who left us for heavenly abode in 2016. Some were known and some were lesser known Bollywood actors who died in 2016. We have listed out some of the famous Bollywood celebrities whom we lost in 2016 leaving behind a whole lot of their work to cherish. Our heartfelt condolences to their bereaved families and may their souls rest in peace.

  • Rajesh Vivek (January 14)

    Best known for his roles in ‘Lagaan’, ‘Joshilaay’, ‘Veerana’, ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ and ‘Swades’, Rajesh Vivek died on January 14 due to a heart attack at Hyderabad at the age of 66. The supporting actor who made his screen debut in Shyam Benegal’s ‘Junoon’ in 1978 played diverse kind of roles, ranging from those with negative shades to comic characters in popular TV serials like ‘Mahabharat’, ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’ and in ‘Aghori’.

  • Anil Ganguly (January 15)

    The award-winning veteran screenwriter and filmmaker of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Anil Ganguly passed away at his residence in Mumbai after a brief illness. The 82-year-old director mainly was known for making films like ‘Kora Kagaz’, ‘Tapasya’, ‘Saaheb’, ‘Trishna’, ‘Khandaan’, ‘Humkadam’, ‘Pyar Ke Kabil’ and ‘Dushman Devta’ among others.

  • Nida Fazli (February 8)

    Noted Urdu poet and lyricist Nida Fazli passed away in Mumbai following a heart attack on February 8. The 78-year-old poet who wasn’t that comfortable in writing lyrics for Bollywood films did manage to write some memorable songs and ghazals like ‘Kabhie kisi ko mukamil jahan na milta’ (Ahista Ahista), ‘Aa bhi jaa, aa bhi jaa’ (Sur), ‘Tu Is Tarah Se Meri Zindagi Mein’ (Aap To Aise Na The), Baadal pe chalke aa (Vijay), ‘Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya’ (Sarfarosh).

  • Rajesh Pillai (February 27)


    Popular Malayalam film director Rajesh Pillai passed away on February 27 at PVS hospital, Kochi at the young age of 41. The director whose Manoj Bajpayee starrer, ‘Traffic’ released a few weeks after his death was a remake of his superhit Malayalam film of the same name. He was suffering from liver cirrhosis.


  • Suresh Chatwal (May 28)

    Popular Bollywood and TV actor Suresh Chatwal died of a prolonged illness on May 28, 2016 in Mumbai. He is survived by his wife and son Yaman Chatwal who said that the actor was struggling with health issues for some time before he breathed his last. The actor was known to play supporting roles in ‘Piya Ka Ghar’, ‘Mili’, ‘Phool Aur Kaante’, ‘Karan Arjun’, ‘Koyla’ and ‘Munnabhai MBBS’. He was also a part of the popular TV series, FIR.

  • Razzak Khan (June 1)

    One of the most unexpected Bollywood deaths of 2016 was that of popular Bollywood comedian Razzak Khan who passed away on June 1. The actor who came to light by playing sidekicks to famous villains, especially tapori characters, died of a cardiac arrest. The actor, who worked in over 90 Bollywood movies, was mostly known for his roles in ‘Hello Brother’, ‘Ishq’, ‘Khubsoorat’, ‘Akhiyon Se Goli Maare’, ‘Badshaah’ and ‘China Gate’. He made his acting debut on TV before making it to the big screen.

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  • Sulabha Deshpande (June 4)


    Veteran theater and Bollywood actress Sulabha Deshpande bid adieu to the world at the age of 79 on June 4 after a prolonged illness. Wife of late Arvind Deshpande, she was considered one of the best theater actresses of the experimental theater movement that swept Bombay city in the 1970's. The actress appeared in some popular movies like ‘ Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan’ (1978), ‘Gaman’ (1978), ‘Bazaar’ (1982) and ‘Ijaazat’ (1987). She had last appeared in the Gauri Shinde-directed ‘English Vinglish’ (2012).


  • Mubarak Begum (July 18)

    Legendary Bollywood playback and ghazal singer Mubarak Begum breathed her last in Mumbai on July 18. The 80-year-old melody queen, who was well known for her popular title track from ‘Hamari Yaad Aayegi’, died after a prolonged illness. The singer who was considered a close rival to Lata Mangeshkar gave some of her memorable hits from 1950's to 70's, of which some of her famous tracks were, ‘Mohe Aane Lagi Angdai Aaja Aaja’, and ‘Aao Chale Sakhi Wahan’ with melody queen Lata Mangeshkar.

  • Mahasweta Devi (July 28)

    Renowned award-winning writer and novelist Mahasweta Devi succumbed to a cardiac arrest and multi-organ failure on July 28. She was 90 years old. Honoured with various literary awards like the Sahitya Akademi Award (in Bengali), Jnanpith Award and Ramon Magsaysay Award, her literary works were adapted into Bollywood films like ‘Sunghursh’ (1968), ‘Rudaali’ (1993) and the Jaya Bachchan starrer ‘Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa’ (1998).

  • Rajjat Barjatya (July 29)

    Rajjat Barjatya, the MD and CEO of one of India’s oldest production houses, Rajshri Productions breathed his last on July 29. Rajjat was the cousin of filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya, who had directed ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ in 2015. Rajjat died of cancer leaving the whole of Bollywood in a state of shock including Salman Khan.

  • Mehar Mittal (October 22)

    Veteran comedian Mehar Mittal’s death came as a rude shock to many of his fans. The 81-year-old actor who started his film career with the Punjabi film ‘Sacha Mera Roop Hai’ in 1974, breathed his last after suffering from a prolonged illness.A veteran of more than 100 films and a career spanning over four decades, Mehar’s prominent Punjabi films were ‘Chann Pardesi’, ‘Lambhardaran’, ‘Walayati Babu’, ‘Putt Jattan Da’ and ‘Qurbani Jatt Di’. He appeared in Hindi films like ‘Pratiggya’,‘Sohni Mahiwal’, ‘Jeene Nahin Doonga’ and others.

  • Mukesh Rawal (November 15)

    Known more for his role as Vibhishan in Ramanand Sagar’s TV serial ‘Ramayan’, actor Mukesh Rawal died under mysterious circumstances on November 15 on the railway tracks in Kandivali, Mumbai. The actor was more prominent in TV serials and theater than films but his death came as a rude shock to many in the film fraternity.

  • K. Subhash (November 23)

    Popular writer-director K. Subhash died of a kidney failure on November 23 at Chennai. He was equally prominent in Tamil as well as Hindi cinema. He is best known for writing Bollywood films like ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Sunday’, ‘Entertainment’, ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Housefull 3’ and directing ‘Brahma’ and the Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn starrer ‘Insan’ in 2004.

  • Jayalalithaa (December 5)

    Actress turned politician, Jayalalithaa breathed her last on December 5 in Chennai, days after suffering a cardiac arrest after spending over two months in the hospital. Though the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu was more prominent in Tamil films but she did her solo Bollywood film ‘Izzat’ opposite Dharmendra in 1968.

  • Ajit Varman (December 15)

    Veteran music composer Ajit Varman passed away at the age of 69 after a brief illness at an Andheri hospital on December 15. The music composer who entered Bollywood by assisting established music directors later turned independent composer by providing music for films like ‘Vijeta’, ‘Aakrosh’, ‘Saaransh’ and telefilm ‘Janam’. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.