Bollywood Celebs who died utterly Poor; here’s the list
From Parveen Babi to Bhagwan Dada and A.K. Hangal – 10 Bollywood Celebrities who tragically faded away in utter poverty and loneliness
If we may reword a classic quote; “With great fame, comes great responsibility”. Bollywood is a place that can take you from earth to sky even if you don’t make it to the topmost level. However, it can just as soon throw you from sky to earth if you’re not careful, like these Bollywood celebs, some of whom were really big names, but, very badly, faded away in wretched poverty.
1.Nalini Jaywant:- Nalini Jaywant (18 February 1926 – 22 December 2010) was an Indian film actress who appeared in Hindi films in the 1940s and 1950s. She died solitary on 22 December 2010, aged 84, at her bungalow of 60 years at Union Park, Chembur, Mumbai, India. The death unnoticed by anyone until an ambulance carried her body after 3 days of her passing away. The neighbours reported that she had sheltered herself from society and were not meeting people after her husband’s death. Her relatives were also not in touch with her for long.
2. Bhagwan Dada:- Bhagwan Dada (1 August 1913 – 4 February 2002), also credited as Bhagwan, was an Indian actor and film director who worked in Hindi cinema. After a long string of flops, he had to sell his 25-bedroom Juhu house, his fleet of 7 cars, and move to a chawl with his family. His huge circle of friends vanished except for a few like Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Om Prakash and Johnny Lever, who continued to visit him. He died in 2002 at the age of 89, due to a massive heart attack at his residence in Dadar.
3.Parveen Babi:- Parveen Babi (4 April 1954 – 20 January 2005) was an Indian film actress and model. Babi was best known for her roles in Hindi films throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. One of the highest-paid actor of her era she was. She was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, where she came to attention following various incidents due to her mental health, as well as diabetes. On January 20, 2005, Babi died of multiple organ failure. She was found dead on 22 January 2005 after her residential society secretary alerted the police that she had not collected groceries and newspapers from her doorstep for three days.
4.Bharat Bhushan:- Bharat Bhushan (14 June 1920 – 27 January 1992) was an Indian actor in Hindi language films, scriptwriter and producer. Bhushan owned a bungalow in the Bandra suburb of Bombay. He lost all his money in Gambling and lived in a chawl during his last days. Only a few of his films were successes and unfortunately, the rest flopped. He died after he escaped his financial crisis, on 27 January 1992.
5.Gavin Packard:- Gavin Packard (8 June 1964 – 18 May 2012) was an Indian actor of Irish American descent, noted for the villainous roles he portrayed in many Bollywood films of the 1990s. Packard was known for his physique and was a national and state award-winning bodybuilder. In Bollywood, he was a trainer to Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty and Shera, Salman Khan’s bodyguard.
Packard died of respiratory disorder on 18 May 2012 and was buried at the St. Andrews Burial Grounds in Bandra the next day. Due to his lavish lifestyle, He lost all his wealth. Despite his long and notable cinematic career, the funeral was conspicuous by the absence of any representative from the film industry.
6. Achala Sachdev:- Achala Sachdev (3 May 1920 – 30 April 2012) was an Indian film actress who appeared in classic films of the Hindi language film industry. She later became known for mother and grandmother roles in Hindi films. In September 2011, Achala slipped and fell in her kitchen. She sustained a fracture in her leg. After that, she was diagnosed with multiple embolisms in her brain. This resulted in total paralysis and the loss of her vision. After her husband passed away in 2002 both her son and daughter abandoned her. No one in Mumbai remembered her when she passed away in 2012. Except for Yash Chopra. She was a regular in his films right from the time since he branched out as an independent filmmaker.
7. Mahesh Anand:- Mahesh Anand (13 August 1961 – 9 February 2019) was an Indian actor who worked in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films. He is remembered for playing villainous roles in Hindi films. He was a black belt in Karate and was a model and a trained dancer before he started acting. On 9 February 2019, his housemaid failed to get any response from him after ringing the bell of his residence many times. She then directly informed his sister who came there with Versova Police. An undisclosed fact revealed by the former chief of CBFC was that Mahesh had had a decade of unemployment. His death once again raised a big question to B-town when the huge film industry hasn’t paid any tribute to a Bollywood actor who died in poverty and loneliness.
8. Jagdish Mali:- Jagdish Mali (18 January 1954 – 13 May 2013) was an Indian fashion and film photographer. He was the father of Bollywood actress Antara Mali. He was one of the most acclaimed photographers of the 1970s till the 1990s. In his career, he took many images of big celebrities. In January 2013, Mali was reportedly found semi-nude roaming aimlessly in the Mumbai suburban areas of Andheri and was helped by Actors Salman Khan & Mink Brar. Mali had diabetes and needed regular insulin injections but couldn’t afford it. Mali died on 13 May 2013 at Nanavati hospital in Mumbai at the age of 59. He was suffering from liver cirrhosis for 15 years and had diabetes and high blood pressure. No one from the industry visited Jagdish Mali at the hospital except filmmaker Ashoke Pandit and actress Sharbani Mukherjee (Kajol’s cousin).
9. Vimi:- Vimi (1943 – 22 August 1977) was an Indian film actress who acted in Indian films such as Aabroo, Hamraaz and Patanga. After separation from her Husband Shiv Agarwal she started a Textile Business in Calcutta Which failed miserably. Finally, after a tumultuous and tragic life, she then fell into Alcoholism and died due to Liver cirrhosis on August 22nd 1977. Her body was taken to the crematorium in a Chaiwaala’s Cart.
10. A.K. Hangal:- Avtar Kishan Hangal (1 February 1914 – 26 August 2012), popularly known as A. K. Hangal, was an Indian freedom fighter from 1929 to 1947 and also stage actor from 1936 to 1965 and later became a character actor in Hindi language films from 1966 to 2005. Hangal, who had more than 200 films to his credit in a career that spanned nearly five decades, due to his old age post-2007 found it difficult to meet his medical expenses. After 2007, Hangal has been suffering from a not known illness and could not afford the treatment. Following a media spotlight on 20 January 2011, many film stars and directors promised to help him financially. Even megastar Amitabh Bachchan had to give A.K. Hangal 20 lakhs to get treatment. Maharashtra EX-Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan also pledged to facilitate the veteran actor. Before that, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists visited Hangal at his home and offered him medical and financial help. They also provided revitalization of memories of veteran’s work and made media report it. Upon asking, Raj Thackeray expressed his concerns towards such actors who are neglected in their old age. At the age of 97, he left his life in the past with a badly-attended cremation.