Parveen Babi to Meena Kumari to Silk Smitha: 9 actors who died in 'Poverty And Misery'
First Published Dec 6, 2020, 11:17 PM IST
Here are some celebrities who tasted fame, fortune and then had it totally snatched away from them, dying in poverty.
Parveen Babi: She was one of the most glamorous and beautiful actresses in Bollywood, who became mentally unstable and spent many years in a mental hospital in the USA. She was found dead in her Mumbai apartment on 22 January 2005.
Famous actress Meena Kumari was known as the 'tragedy queen' of Indian cinema. She was an alcoholic and the habit damaged her liver. She died in 1972. Reportedly, she died all alone three weeks after the movie 'Pakeezah' released with no money left to pay her hospital bills. Her family later sold off her bungalow to pay her medical bills.
Actress Silk Smitha, who turned out to be a sex symbol in the South film Industry, was found hanging in her house near Chennai on 23rd September 1996. She wrote a suicide note where she said the reason of her death was her later failure, after first tasting success in films.
Famous Bollywood filmmaker Guru Dutt died due to an combination of excessive liquor and sleeping pills. His bad relationship with his wife and loneliness is considered to the reason behind his sorry demise.
Actress Achala Sachdev died a painful death in Pune after her US-based son and Mumbai-based daughter totally ignored her. One of the most popular Bollywood songs, ‘O Meri Zohrajabi’, was shot on her. Sachdev acted in over 130 films.
Veteran actor AK Hangal (Avtar Kishan Hangal) faced a major financial crisis after several successful movies in Bollywood. Apparently, during his final years, he was unable to pay his medical bills and passed away in 2012. He appeared in over 225 films before slowly retiring from movies.
Actress Vimi made her debut in B.R. Chopra's 'Hamraaz' in 1967 and rose to stardom in a short time. After her divorce from Shiv Agarwal, things took a turn for the worse and the actress was left with no money or emotional support. According to the Times Of India, she spent her last few days in the general ward of Nanavati Hospital. Vimi was in her thirties when she died in 1977. The world was shocked to know that her body was taken for cremation on a chanawalla's thela.
Actor Bharat Bhushan had loads of money, but he lost all of it thanks to gambling. He even started to live in a chawl. In the last days of his life, Bhushan had to sell his cars and even his prized libraries of rare book collections. He had a very sad life; the actor's mother died when he was two years old, his daughter suffered from polio and his wife died during childbirth.
Actor Bhagwan Dada had a very lavish lifestyle during his glory days. He owned bungalows, a fleet of cars and had lots of followers. However, during his last days, he had no money left and nobody at his bedside.
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