- Irrfan Khan died at the age of 53.
- A day later, Rishi Kapoor died at the age of 67.
- Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his home in Mumbai
The year 2020 came, devastated the world and left, taking with him many greats from the entertainment world. The lights went out this year for beloved actors Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor and Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, all of whom had been battling cancer, the last of the three very quietly. April was the cruelest month for Indian cinema, which lost Irrfan Khan, 53, and Rishi Kapoor, 67, within a day of each other. Chadwick boseman, only 43 years old, died in August; his role as Black Panther Marvel has announced that it will not be recast; instead, future films will focus on other characters from the Black Panther universe.
COVID-19 claimed several celebrities – Bengali legend Soumitra Chatterjee, 85, failed; nor dear singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, 74. They both spent weeks in the hospital before the end. Gujarati veteran Naresh Kanodia was also lost to the virus, as were actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar, film producer Anil Suri, actor Hulivana Gangadhar, British rapper Ty, actor Andrew Jack, musician Adam Schlesinger, and saxophonist Manu. Dibango.
Perhaps the most tragic thing was the passing of a young star Sushant Singh Rajput, who was found dead in his Mumbai home in June. His death, allegedly by suicide, caused social media to erupt in anger directed at various Bollywood celebrities who had reportedly been involved in a boycott of the actor. A Mumbai police investigation into the Chhichhore Star’s death was turned over to the CBI and prompted parallel investigations by the Directorate of Enforcement and the Office of Narcotics Control. Actress Rhea Chakraborty, who was dating Sushant Singh Rajput, was accused by her family of instigating her suicide and transferring funds from his account to hers. He spent months in jail as part of the drug investigation before getting bail.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s was not the only suicide death this year. Your former manager Disha salian died, supposedly by suicide, a few weeks before him. Asif Basra, Chitra, Anupama Pathak, Preksha Mehta, Akshat Utkarsh, Kondapalli Sravani, Samir Sharma, Ashutosh Bhakre, Susheel Gowda and Manmeet Grewal also died, presumably by suicide.
We also lost many veterans of the arts in 2020, the only one Sean Connery, Aged 90, died in October; costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, winner of India’s first Oscar for her work on Gandhi; comedy star Jagdeep, theater legend Ebrahim Alkazi, pioneers of dance Saroj khan and Astad Deboo, filmmaker Basu chatterjee, poet Rahat Indori; Diana Rigg and Max Von Sydow, who gained a new generation of fans as Game of Thrones’ Olenna Tyrell and the Three-Eyed Raven; music legends Kenny Rogers, Bill Withers and John Prine; The star of Gone with the Wind, Olivia de Havilland; producer Joel Schumacher and composer Ennio Morricone; Kirk Douglas, Ian Holm, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo, Nimmi; veteran actors Vishwa Mohan Badola, Santu Mukherjee, David Prowse, Manu Mukherjee, Ravi Patwardhan, Vishal Anand, Kishori Ballal.
Many deaths were shocking for the unexpected – Kannada actor Chiranjeevi Sarja, designer Wendell rodricks, music composer Wajid Khan, Shree Ganesh star Jagesh Mukati, rocker Sonam Sherpa, Glee star Naya Rivera, Tamil actor Vadivel Balaji, casting director Krish Kapur.
Actor-filmmaker Nishikant Kamat He died in a Hyderabad hospital at age 50, losing a battle to chronic liver disease. Actors Ashiesh Roy and Faraaz Khan also died in the hospital; both had applied for financial help to pay their medical bills. Cancer took actress Kelly Preston, who was married to John Travolta, actress and singer Divvya Chouksey, 28, actors Mohit Baghel, 26, and Bhupesh Pandya.
The list of losses in 2020 is endless: Producers Guild CEO Kuldeep Makkar, Two and a half Men star Conchata Ferrell, vocalist Shyamala G Bhave, veteran dancer Arati Das, veteran actresses Jameela Malik and Kumkum, filmmakers K R Sachidanandan, Vijay Reddy, Naranipuzha Shanavas, Johnny Bakshi, Raavi Kondala Rao, Rajat Mukherjee and Anil Devgan; Raj Kapoor’s daughter, Ritu Nanda, producers Vinay Sinha and Harish Shah, actors Ranjit Chowdhry, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Shyam Sundar Kalani, Imtiaz Khan, Sachin Kumar, Tejas D Parvatkar; lyricists Yogesh Gaur and Anwar Sagar, action director Parvez Khan, actresses Zarina Khan and Leena Acharya, First blood star Brian Dennehy, entertainer Gene Deitch, supermodel Stella tennant, actors Fred Willard, Derek Fowlds, Logan Williams, Forrest Compton, Lee Fierro and Jeremy Bulloch; TV host Grant Imahara, DJ Erick Morillo, guitarists Peter Green and Jack Sherman, director Alan Parker.