We see Bollywood as this dream world where actors get to look their best, follow their passion, be famous and rich, basically do what we wish to. But it isn’t all roses and flowers, all of this fame and money brings along loads and loads of insecurities and a dark reality for the industry is way too competitive. Here, the face value matters, in fact, it matters the most. The actors, the celebrities are expected to be at their best in front of the camera and that is what we get to see. But it is not easy to survive in this ever competitive industry and some succumb to its pressures and commit suicide. We hear about deaths of Bollywood celebrities, actors and other professionals from the industry dying unnatural deaths and as fans, it is really disappointing to hear such news. Here, we have listed down 8 Bollywood celebrities who died mysteriously and have us baffled even now. Have a look!
1. Divya Bharti
Divya Bharti was a renowned Bollywood actress who gained immense popularity at a tender age of 17 years. She did over 14 films in just one, one and a half year. She then married a Bollywood producer, Sajid Nadiadwala and died just 2 years after their marriage. Theirs was a love marriage and Divya Bharti also apparently changed her religion in order to get married to Sajid. She reportedly fell from the fifth floor of her apartment. After speculations, the police concluded that it was a case of mere suicide but still, may doubt that Sajid could be the cause of her death.
2. Jiah Khan
Jiah Khan’s suicide case blew up and became a public story when the name of her then-boyfriend, and popular yesteryear actor, Aditya Pancholi’s son Sooraj Pancholi got involved. She was a budding actor who had made a few appearances in the mainstream movies like Ghajini and Housefull. On 3 June, she was found hanging in her apartment. Her diary was later found by her mother which said that the cause of her death was her unhappy relationship with Sooraj Pancholi.
3. Silk Smitha
Silk Smitha was a popular Indian actress who later became a sex symbol in the South Indian film industry. The Dirty Picture starring Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, and Emraan Hashmi was based on her life and that’s how she became a popular name in Bollywood. Her real name is Vijaylakshmi Vadlapati but her role as Silk in a Tamil film, Vandichakkaram got her wide acknowledgment and that’s when she made it her stage name. Her death remains a mystery as she was found dead in her home. Some said it was because of deep debt she was in but the postmortem report said that she died of alcohol intoxication.
4. Parveen Babi
Praveen Babi was an immensely popular Bollywood Diva in the 70s and the early 80s. In fact, she was the first ever Bollywood actress to have appeared on a Time’s Magazine cover. Along with her movies, her personal life also made it to the headlines, even back then. Her toxic relationships with Mahesh Bhatt and Kabir Bedi, her obsession with Amitabh Bachchan, her fragile mental state and paranoid schizophrenia together led her to starve herself to the tragic death.
5. Manmohan Desai
Manmohan Desai was a respected Bollywood director who was known for making films about subjects which centred around Indian masses. He has had several hits like Amar Akbar Anthony, Dharam Veer, Coolie among many others with many of the A-list actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha. He reportedly jumped off from his balcony but the reason is not very clear. There were rumours that he committed suicide because of depression and chronic back pain but the truth is still unknown.
6. Guru Dutt
Guru Dutt was an inexplicable 50s Bollywood actor, singer and a producer. His contribution to Indian cinema is remembered even today. He starred in classics like Kaagaz Ke Phool, Pyaasa, Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam etc. He was found dead in his rented apartment and as per news, he had mixed alcohol and sleeping pills the previous night and hence, the overdose killed him. He had tried to commit suicide twice before and if this was suicide, then it was his third attempt at it.
Sridevi’s sudden death shook the entire nation. The news was as disappointing for her fans as it was for her family. She was a celebrated Bollywood actress who was the first female superstar of Bollywood. Early this year, she was found dead in a hotel room bathtub in Dubai. It still remains unclear as to whether she fell unconscious before or after her death. It still feels very strange to even talk about her death.
8. Shikha Joshi
Shikha Joshi appeared in the movie BA Pass and was struggling with her career in the film industry. Reportedly, she had slit her throat open in frustration of her unsuccessful career and because she was not getting acting roles. She was found dead in her apartment in Versova, Mumbai.