The year 2017 saw many celebs passing away and leaving a void that can never be filled. We list down top Bollywood celebrities who passed away in 2017.
1) Shashi Kapoor
Son of legendary Prithviraj Kapoor and brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor was one of the finest actors the Indian film industry has ever seen. He has a number of notable films to his credit such as Jab Jab Phool Khile, Haseena Maan Jayegi, Aa Gale Lag Jaa, Junoon, Kalyug and Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Born on 18th March 1938, the veteran actor passed away on 4th December 2017 after a prolonged illness.
2) Vinod Khanna
With the help of his suave and debonair looks, charismatic personality, and incredible acting talent, Vinod Khanna established his position as one of the leading faces of Indian cinema during the 70s and 80s. In a career which spans across five decades, the veteran acted in a number of popular films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Mere Apne, Insaaf’ and Dabangg. The actor bid us adieu on 27 April 2017 at the age of 70. He succumbed to his battle with cancer. Incidentally, his good friend, actor and filmmaker Feroz Khan also breathed his last on the same day in 2009.
3) Reema Lagoo
One of the prettiest moms we had in Bollywood and known for playing the quintessential Indian mother in blockbuster films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! Hum Saath-Saath Hain and Deewana Mastana, to name just a few, Reema Lagoo was a distinguished name in Marathi and Hindi cinema. Born on 21 June 1958, the seasoned actress breathed her last on 18 May 2017. She died of cardiac arrest.
4) Inder Kumar
Inder Kumar shared a great personal and professional rapport with superstar Salman Khan and is known for playing supporting roles in a number of his movies such as Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye and Wanted. The actor rested in peace on 28th July 2017 after having a heart attack. He was just 44. His untimely death left the industry in a state of shock.
5) Om Puri
Born on 18 October 1950, Om Puri was an actor who proved his mettle in both commercial as well as parallel cinema. Known for films like Aakrosh, Ardh Satya, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro and Chachi 420 among many others, the actor appeared on the small screen also and became part of iconic shows like Sadgati and Tamas. Padma Shri awardee died on 6 January 2017 at the age of 66 due to a heart attack.
6) Ram Mukerji
Producer-director Ram Mukerji, was one of the founding members of Mumbai’s iconic Filmayala Studio, died on 22nd October 2017 at the age of 84. He is known for directing films like Hum Hindustani with Sunil Dutt, Joy Mukherjee and Asha Parekh, and the Dilip Kumar–Vyjayanthimala starrer Leader. Ram was the father of popular Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji.
7) Lekh Tandon
The man, who was responsible for discoving and giving the industry a formidable talent like Shah Rukh Khan, directed the iconic film Amrapali, starring Vyjayanthimala and Sunil Dutt in lead roles. Besides Amrapali, notable films such as Professor and Agar Tum Na Hote were also his creation. Born in Lahore in 1929, the distinguished filmmaker breathed his last on 15th October 2017 at the age of 88.
8) Kundan Shah
Veteran director Kundan Shah, best known for the dark comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, passed away on 7 October 2017 due to a heart attack. He was 69. He also co-directed popular Hindi TV show ‘Nukkad,’ which aired on Doordarshan from 1986 to 1987, and directed comedy sitcom ‘Wagle Ki Duniya,’ based on characters created by RK Laxman. The latter ran from 1988 to 1990. Shah had studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune.
9) Abis Rizvi
Film producer Abis Rizvi was killed in the the Istanbul terror attack on 1st January 2017. He had founded the film company ARF Films (Abis Rizvi Films). The films produced by him were, Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans (2014) and He-Man (2016). In 2016, Rizvi had begun work on his next film T for Taj Mahal which was being scheduled for release in 2017. Abis was the son of Dr Akhtar Hassan Rizvi, former member of Rajya Sabha in Bandra, West Mumbai, Maharashtra.
10) Tom Alter
Veteran theater and film personality Tom Alter died on 29 September 2017 after losing his battle against stage four skin cancer in Mumbai. Born in the hill station of Mussoorie in 1950, Tom Alter appeared in over 300 films which included the acclaimed Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Sardar and Parinda. His credits include Aashiqui, Junoon, Ram Teri Ganga Maili and Gandhi. Mr Alter’s TV work ranged from Bharat Ek Khoj to Shaktimaan. He also worked in Bengali, Assamese and Telugu cinema. In 2008, Tom Alter was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Indian government in recognition for his services to the field of arts and cinema.
11) Sitaram Panchal
Actor Sitaram Panchal, who acted in films like Bandit Queen, Slumdog Millionaire, Peepli Live and The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Jolly LLB 2, Paan Singh Tomar, lost his life to prolonged illness on April 10th 2017. He was suffering from lung cancer and also going through a financial crisis. He was 54.