Bollywood actresses who died at young age: Bollywood is not as pretty as it seems outside. The 2 and hour film we see on the screen is the only colored version and the rest is just gray. The actors undergo so much throughout the career to reach a certain stage. Talking about the actress, it is even more horrible.
Coming from the casting couch to suicides, they had to face an emotional roller coaster ride. The actresses usually start their careers at a very relative young age like 16-18. They aspire to become actresses by watching films or by having people around them constantly telling that they can be exceptionally well as they are good looking.
In order to achieve their goals or more like dreams, they come to Mumbai on the verge of becoming an actress. Few of them who have such stories are Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, and Vidya Balan et. al.
While some of them excel at what they are doing and become legendary like Rekha (Who has been rejected because of her complexion, initially) and Priyanka Chopra (The Hollywood turned Bollywood grandiose), some of them give us films that stay in our heart, Queen (Kangana Ranaut), NH10 (Anushka Sharma), very few of them leave us abruptly like Divya Bharti, Jiah Khan et. al.
The reason? Being incapable of dealing with the showbiz and confronting the personal problems, their situations start taking a toll on them and lead to their death.
Here’s A List Of Bollywood Actresses Who Died At Young Age
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#10. Jiah Khan
Jiah Khan’s death literally rattled the Bollywood. Only a handful of cases has done that till now. The Ram Gopal Varma actress who made her debut with Nishabd beside Amitabh Bacchan was found dead on June 3rd, 2013 in Mumbai. On December 9th 2015, the CBI chargesheet finally declared it as a suicide and Jiah Khan’s boyfriend Mr. Sooraj Pancholi was charged with abutment to suicide.
Jiah Khan was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her performance in the movie, Nishabd. Later, she became a significant part of highest grossers like Ghajini, Housefull and also Housefull2.
#9. Pratyusha Banerjee
It has been just a month since Pratyusha has passed away. Banerjee shined as an actress after her lead role in the popular Indian Television Series, Balika Vadhu. Replacing the child actress Avika Gor as Anandi, she played the adult Anandi.
After that, she has been a part of reality shows like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 5, Power Couple and Big Boss 7, simultaneously. She also played roles in other TV shows like Sasural Simar Ka, Hum Hai Na and Gulmohar Grand. However, on April 1st, 2016 she was found hanging in her apartment after committing a suicide because of asphyxia.
#8. Silk Smitha
Silk Smitha, who became popular by her name after the role in a Tamil film named ‘Vandichakkaram’. Her original name is Vijayalakshmi and she was born in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh. Silk Smitha was popular for her erotic roles and is considered as the most sought erotic actress in 1980s-1990s.
She was a part of almost many films and there were instances where people used to watch films for her. Over the span of 17 years, she bagged 450 films altogether in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi industries. However, she was found dead in her Chennai apartment after her career went down.
#7. Geeta Bali
Having started her career as a child actress right from the age of 12, Geeta Bali made her debut with Badnaami as an adult actress. Geeta Bali belongs to the era of 1950 and was prominent in that time.
The interesting thing about Bali is that she also acted as the love interest of her brother in law, Raj Kapoor, and Father in law Prithviraj Kapoor before marrying Shammi Kapoor. Bali, unlike other actresses, did not give up acting until her death even after becoming a Kapoor lady.
She actually died when she was acting for a Punjabi film with Smallpox and it devastated a whole lot of people including her children, husband the director, too.
#6. Smita Patil
Smita Patil has shined on the three screens at a time, Film, Theatre, and Television. Being the finest film and stage actress, she has been a part of over 80 Marathi and Hindi films altogether in a span of 10 years.
She even received the Padma Shri award in 1985 as an honor of being the highest civilian. This is because she was an active feminist who worked for the welfare of the women and deeply committed to the development of women’s issues.
She is a member of Women’s Centre in Mumbai and she had modern thoughts long back about the traditional norms of the society regarding equality and sexuality. The irony, that she died at the age of 31 due to the complications of childbirth.
#5. Parveen Babi
Parveen Babi life can be classified into two different seasons. One, her as an actress and other, her as a patient of Paranoid Schizophrenia. Being top actress in 1980s with many blockbusters like Namak Halaal, Deewar, Amar Akbar Anthony and Shaan, Parveen left India in 1983 in search of spirituality.
Later in 1984, she was found at John F.Kennedy International Airport where she failed to submit her passport and other details. The authorities kept her in a mental ward. Nevertheless, she started her career as a decorator in 1991 and always denied of schizophrenia.
Later in 2005, she was found dead in her house when the secretary informed the police that she did not collect newspapers and milk since four days.
#4. Meena Kumari
Born as Mahajbeen Bano, Meena Kumari is also a poet apart from being an actress. She appeared on the screen for around 30 years with more than 90 films. However, most of her roles are tragic and grief stricken like her roles in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam.
Irony is that she has become addicted to alcohol over the time. Her career was marred by her set of troubled relationships, distorted health and heavy drinking. In the year 1972, she died from liver cirrhoisis. However, her title as ‘The Tragedy Queen’ sustained.
Just like the above, Mumtaz Jehan Dehlavi regarded by many as “The Venus of Indian Cinema” and “The Beauty with the Tragedy” is a cult actress in 1940s. The trio; Nargis, Madhubala and Meena Kumari were still the most beautiful heroines according to many.
The best part about her is that, she is also complimented as “Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood” as she got praised for her roles in Mr. & Mrs ‘55, Mahal, Amar, Mughal-e-Azam, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Barsaat Ki Raat. Her last film, Jwala was released after the death in 1969 due to an explicitly prolonged illness.
#2. Divya Bharti
Divya Om Prakash Bharti a.k.a Sana Nadiadwala is an actress who played roles in both Telugu and Hindi industries in the 1990s. She got offers when she was just 14 and she made a debut when she was 16 in a Telugu film called, “Bobbili Raja”.
After making quite a number of Telugu films, she got into Bollywood with “Vishwatma”. Bharti acted with many heroes later like Govinda, Rishi Kapoor and even with Shah Rukh Khan, later. She acted over 14 Hindi films and won the Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the year.
However, she was found dead on April 5th, 1993 at the age of 19. It was mentioned that she fell from the balcony of an apartment in Versova and it’s still unknown if it is a suicide, accident or murder.
#1. Nafisa Joseph
Nasifa Joseph who was born in Bangalore, was a descendant of Tagore. She studied in Bangalore and was raised as catholic. As her paternal grandmother was a Muslim, she owed her first name after her Islamic name.
She is more of a model than an actress and played the judge for MTV India VJ Hunt in 1999. A week later she was asked to host a show my MTV. Joseph died in 2004 by hanging herself in her flat in Versova.
The reason behind the suicide is that she has found that her husband Gautam Khanduja was still married where he said her that he was divorced for two years. She called her marriage off, but unable to stand the pain, she decided to end her life.
These above Bollywood actresses were very hot and beautiful but due to any reasons they died at very young age in life.