Mumbai: Hindi Film Industry seems to have doomed under the dark shadow of some kind of curse as it has suffered some of the greatest losses in the industry in the recent times. Bollywood is a land of glamour; its magnetism is really hard to escape. People from all around come with a dream to make a mark in the industry, most of them just end up being a part of crowd, a few succeed and fewer of them cast such an impression on our hearts and souls that we start to co-exist with them. We begin to love and adore them as family and when they depart, it feels like an obvious personal loss.
Here, we bring up the top irreplaceable industry losses into the limelight who dwelled in every Indian soul and their departures came as a shock to everyone.
To begin with, we first of all focus on to our very own Shammi Kapoor, who apparently referred to himself as 'male starlet'. His lively shout Yahoo still echoes our ears whenever his reference is made. The star was compared to Elvis Presley for his modern-casual sense of fashion. His energies were hard to match and may be this was the reason that he was also called a "Rebel Star".
Kapoor's films like Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Teesri Manzil and Junglee are appreciated even today. A man like him is an evident role model to many. The actor passed away at an age of 79 on August 14, 2011 due to chronic kidney failure.
Following this, the major Bollywood loss was when ‘Ghazal King’ Jagjit Singh, who left earthly matters on October 10, 2011. Born as Jagmohan Singh, he was the pioneer of modern Ghazal singing in the country. The Padma Bhushan recipient vocalist was the one to revitalize the genre of Ghazals. His soulful songs like Hothon Se Chhoo Lo, Kagaz Ki Kashti, Badi Nazuk Hai Manzil, Hosh Walon Ko Khabar, Koi Fariyad and many more still transcend us to the nostalgia. Singing was a consequence of natural talent embedded in the artist. He had no professional training except from the singers in Sikh temple.
The unexpected cerebral hemorrhage took away Singh’s life creating a gap in the world of Bollywood music.
Dev Anand is next in our list, whose mere name is enough to send envious vibes to the male gentry. He continued to feature in lead roles for about five decades in the Hindi Cinema. Interestingly, he was banned to wear black because of his handsome looks which made girls go crazy after him, write love letters in their own blood and even end up committing suicide at times. He was the first actor, who added prominence to female roles in Hindi movies. Men like him, who are so much in demand, are very few. Apart from his look’s Dev’s acting career was super duper hit. He did film from almost every genre. His top Bollywood works include, CID, Tere Ghar Ke Saamne, Guide, Johny Mera Naam, Jewel Thief and Hare Rama Hare Krishna.
He made his Bollywood debut through Hum Ek Hain in 1946 and went on starring in about 110 films. He was a simple man, they say that owning a car was one of Dev Saab’s dream. Apart from Bollywood, Anand was also instrumental in politics, he along with Shatrughan Sinha, Inder Sen Johar, Kishore Kumar and a few more stood against stood against Indira Gandhi’s controlling and oppressive policies during the time of emergency. He was honored with Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke awards in the year 2001 and 2002 respectively.
His life is captured in the pages of his autobiography Romancing with Life, which released in 2007, on his birthday. He was 88, when he surrendered his life to a cardiac arrest in London on December 3, 2011. The youthful man with an impeccable style of dressing, dialogue delivery and super charming looks will never be forgotten by people.
The series of unfortunate events did not stop here, legendary actor Dara Singh who became synonymous to Hanuman after his endearing role in TV show Ramayana left the nation mourning on July 12, 2012. Commonwealth wrestling champion, Singh was a wrestler turned actor. Contrary to his roles in the films, he was a humble. He was the first sportsman to be nominated for Rajya Sabha.
The veteran actor was last seen in the 2007 blockbuster movie Jab We Met. Dara Singh, who had won the title of Rustam-e-Hind for his wrestling prowess, appeared in various films and TV serials. Some of his noted films would be Watan Se Door, Daada, Rustom-E-Baghdad, Sher Dil, Sikandar E Azam, Raaka, Mera Naam Joker and Dharam Karam.
Though, he was acclaimed as a wrestler his ever charming, humble persona is better remembered by all.
Within a week after Singh's demise, our first superstar Rajesh Khanna left the nation in condolences on July 18. He has a huge fan following in the era when there were no mobiles and internet. The King of Romance sent woman in a state of hysteria, they used to line up on the roads just to have a glimpse of the star. Even his car was not spared, girls used to scribble their names with lipstick on it. RK's rule began in Bollywood in 1960s. He featured in about 180 films out of which 163 were feature films and 17 were short films. He gave eight jubilee hits with actress Mumtaz. Khanna was also had a good on screen chemistry with actresses like Sharmila Tagore, Zeenat Aman and Asha Parekh. He got a chance to debut in Bollywood after winning the All India Talent Contest organized by United Producers and Filmfare. He first featured in an offbeat film Akhri Khat. Kaka's hard work and devotion to the industry never let him look back. His films like Apna Desh, Aradhna, Anand, Amar Prem, Namak Haraam and Apki Kasam brought him huge appraisals.
His heart and soul belonged to the film industry which was proved when he uttered his last words, "time ho gaya hai! pack up!"