Apr 292018

Behind the glamour, limelight, attention and millions of fan following exists a dark world, which we are not aware of. Over a period of time, Bollywood has seen its share of great times and tragedies. Just like a coin, this industry has two sides: one that we know of and other that always remains sealed and hidden with secrets. Bringing you a list of 11 Bollywood celebrities who died under mysterious circumstances that shook the entire world:


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February 24, 2018 will always be marked as a black day in the history of Indian cinema. The Kapoors lost their beloved family member and India lost its Chandni. Sridevi, who was known as the first female Superstar of Bollywood, took her last breath in Dubai. The reports of her demise shook the entire nation. The actress was found unconscious in her bathtub by her husband Boney Kapoor. The cause of her death created a lot of speculations. What added more to the controversy was the post-mortem that revealed that the death was caused due to “accidental drowning”. However, whatever actually happened that fateful night will always remain a secret. After an investigation, Sridevi’s mortal remains were released and flown into Mumbai from Dubai on February 27, and a grand funeral took place on February 28. 

Parveen Babi

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She was one of the boldest actresses Bollywood had ever witnessed. Doing unconventional stuff and making millions her fan, Praveen Babi had become the first sex symbol of B-town. She was the real example of being successful, but her life was full of complexities and was literally in shambles. It was said that she wasn’t in the best state of her mind and suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Rumours claim that her mental disorder was the result of her alcoholism and various failed relationships. Living a lonely life, Parveen passed away in 2005 and her body was discovered some days after she died. This thing created the biggest controversial news of 2005, because after all no one knew how she died. She was found lying on the bed after police had to break the door of her terrace and enter her house. It happened when a complaint was filed by her society manager that the newspaper and milk packets had been piling up at her door for three days. What actually happened no one knows, and it still makes us wonder!

Divya Bharti

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90s was the promising year in Bollywood, with talented people making their debut in the industry and taking everyone by surprise. One of those stars was Divya Bharti. Her chirpy presence, beautiful looks and untouched innocence made her the ultimate heartthrob. Her career was going smooth, she was becoming the next big thing, but destiny often has different things in store for us. In 1993, the country lost Divya in a sudden turn of events. There were numerous reports by the media regarding her death,  some claimed it was an accidental death or a suicide and some said it was a murder. It is said that the actress fell from the fifth floor of her Versova apartment in Mumbai that caused her death. On 7 April 1993 her body was released and the same day her funeral took place. Divya was allegedly married to famous producer Sajid Nadiadwala and some claim that her death had a lot to do with her marriage. In 1998 after five years, the police even closed the investigation, but nothing was revealed. 

Nafisa Joseph

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Famous VJ and model, Nafisa Joseph apparently hanged herself in her apartment on July 29, 2004. Winner of Miss India 1997 and a finalist of Miss Universe, it is said she was going through a lot of stress and hence committed suicide. Just a few weeks before her death, she had called off her wedding with her fiance, Indian Businessman Gautam Khanduja, when she found out about his first marriage.  

Guru Dutt

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The legendary Guru Dutt was a successful director, actor, and producer who gave some classic movies to Bollywood that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. ‘Pyaasa’, ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’, and ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’ were a few, to name. It is said that Guru was fighting depression for a long time. In fact, he tried to commit suicide twice before his death. On October 10, 1964, his body was found lifeless in his bed due to an overdose of sleeping pills and alcohol. While many still speculate how he actually died, as per his son it was an accident. “My father had sleeping disorders and popped sleeping pills like any other person. That day he was drunk and had taken an overdose of pills, which culminated in his death. It was a lethal combination of excessive liquor and sleeping pills,” he had told Rediff.

Jiah Khan

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There is no one who hasn’t heard about this case till now. On June 3, 2013, the 25-year-old Jiah Khan committed suicide. At the time of interrogation, her mom revealed that Jiah left a note where she gave a brief about how she was tortured and harassed mentally. In fact, her then boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi, son of Aditya Pancholi, was blamed for the entire thing and he was arrested and booked for the suicide. However, later forensic reports revealed that Jiah was actually under the influence of alcohol when she took her own life. A bad career and a miserable relationship are blamed for her tragic ending. 

Manmohan Desai

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He gave us evergreen movies like ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Dharam Veer’, and ‘Coolie’; but he was found dead after he jumped from his balcony. While some claim that he took this drastic step because his career was ending, some said he did it because he was fed up of his back pain. 

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Bollywood's 11 Most Controversial & Mysterious Deaths

He gave us evergreen movies like ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Dharam Veer’, and ‘Coolie’; but he was found dead after he jumped from his balcony. While some claim that he took this drastic step because his career was ending, some said he did it because he was fed up of his back pain. 

Viveka Babajee

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Top model at one time, Viveka Babajee’s death was full of mystery. She was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her house. During the investigation, the police found a diary which said ‘I Kill’. It was said a fight with her boyfriend led her to take this road. 

Kunal Singh

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Seen in the movie ‘Dil Hi Dil Mein’, Kunal Singh was found hanging from the ceiling of his house. No one knows how he died or why he did this. But his father claimed that it was not a suicide but Kunal was murdered. 

Kuljeet Randhawa

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Model-turned-actress Kuljeet Randhawa was a popular face in a serial on Sony called ‘C.A.T.S’. She was found dead in her flat and left a suicide note behind that said she took this drastic step because she couldn’t deal with the complexities of her life.

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