Bollywood's 8 great tragedies
New Delhi: Several decades have passed since these Bollywood stars died, but their  performances still remain fresh in our minds. 



Madhubala as Anarkali, Meena Kumari as Pakeezah, Nargis as Mother India and Sanjeev kumar as Sholay's Thakur are some of the most memorable roles in Indian cinema history.

They played unforgettable role in movies.

These stars had everything in their life, yet they were lonely inside and  met a tragic end.  

Let’s take a look at Bollywood's 8 great tragedies : 





1.Madhubala-----

She was one of the most beautiful actresses in Bollywood.

She was one of the most sought-after actresses in India. She played her role larger than life. But this beautiful actress died at the age of 36.

The Anarkali of Indian Cinema was born with a complex heart condition, which was difficult to be treated in those days. 

She  eventually succumbed to her illness at the age of 36 in the year 1969 leaving a void in the Indian celluloid industry forever.  

The sad part was that she was surrounded by a number of people when she was a big name, but during her last days when she was bedridden, she had no one besides her and she died a lonely death.




2.Meena Kumari ----

The tragedy queen of Indian cinema left us at the age of 39 in the year 1972 due to cirrhosis of liver caused due to heavy alcohol consumption.  

Her classic contributions include Parineeta, Baiju Bawra, Saheb Biwi aur Ghulam and Pakeezah.  

She was also a poetess in Urdu and has written beautiful sad poems in her lonely days.

The saddest part was when she died, her superhit film Pakeezah was still running in all the theatres.

She didn't even get a chance to see how much people loved her and appreciated her performance in the film.



3.Guru Dutt----  

The legendary actor and director Guru Dutt , who made classics such as Pyaasa , Kaagaz Ke Phool , Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam , and Chaudhvin Ka Chand, was head over heels in love with actress Waheeda Rehman .

He died at the age of 42 due to overdose of sleeping pills, caused by depression.  

He had tried to commit suicide twice before but somehow survived after he was rushed to the hospital. But unfortunately the third time it was his bad luck.



4.Parveeb Babi-----

She is most remembered for her glamorous roles alongside top heroes of the 1970s and early 1980s.

She was known for her portrayal of iconoclastic women who did not care about conventional norms of  Indian society.

This glamorous actress met a  sad death. She died at the age of 55 on January 20, 2005 in her Juhu residence.  

As she lived alone, nobody got a hint of what was in store for her. Her door was locked from inside, so the police had to break open the door and that's when they found her body three days after her death.  

It's still unclear if it was a natural death or a suicide case.

Parveen Babi had deeply fallen in love with a superstar, but after her failed love, it was reported that she took to drugs and alcohol.



5.Divya Bharati----------


Divya Bharti became the heartthrob of millions  during the Eighties and was poised to become the queen of Bollywood before cruel destiny took her away.

Divya, a 19 year old actress, fell five stories from her apartment in Mumbai.

There was a police probe into her sudden death which remains a mystery till date.

Did somebody push her from the window, or did she jump on her own?

Her death created a storm in the  media and the entire megapolis of Mumbai  was speculating whether it was an accident, murder or suicide? However, the inquiry into Divya's death was closed in 1998  as there was no conclusive evidence.  

Her three-year-long career was full of ups and downs.

Divya Bharti was the first actress who acted opposite Shah Rukh Khan  

She was married to Sajid Nadiadwala in secret, due to family problems.



6.Smita Patil-------


It was a great loss for Bollywood, the day Smita Patil passed away.

She died at a young age of 31 due to post-surgery complications after giving birth to her child.

Smita played strong woman-oriented roles in films like Bhumika, Umbartha,Bazaar and Mirch Masala.

Smita Patil married Raj Babbar who was previously married to Nadira Babbar.

This outstanding dusky and beautiful actress passed away giving birth to her youngest son Pratiek Babbar, who was seen in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na as Genelia's younger brother.



 7.Nargis------  

Nargis, one of  India's greatest actresses of all time died on May 3, 1981.  

She was 40 plus when she lost her battle against pancreatic cancer and just a few weeks later her son Sanjay Dutt's debut film Rocky was released.  

Her death was truly shocking for the industry, but even today people remember her outstanding performance in Mother India. Nargis was a member of Rajya Sabha.

After her death, her husband Sunil Dutt devoted his entire life to assist cancer patients. 



8.Sanjeev Kumar--------

He was undoubtedly one of the best actors Indian cinema had seen,  Sanjeev Kumar was loved  by his fans, whether he played the hero, a comedian or a grey-haired character actor.  

This actor, has played mind blowing roles in Pati Patni Aur Woh, Silsila, Aandhi, Mausam, Shikar, and a lot more.  

Sanjeev Kumar was a versatile actor who fitted real well in all the characters ; be it a comedian, a hero, or an elderly character.

His death at the age of 47 was greeted with exclamations of shock and grief from the film industry as well as the movie-going public.