Though Bollywood is the dream of many who aspire to achieve fame on one hand, on the other hand for a number of people it is a place of lots of struggle, hard work, adjustments, and heartbreaks. The film industry looks glamorous from outside, but all that glitters is not gold! In the past few decades, we have lost many of the Bollywood Actresses for several reasons. Here is a list of 10 Bollywood Actresses who had an untimely death and the mysteries are yet to be solved:
- Divya Bharti
Divya Bharti, the Bollywood diva shocked the nation by her sudden demise. On 5th April 1993, Divya fell off the window ledge from the 5th floor of her apartment in Versova, Mumbai. She was taken to the Cooper Hospital, but unfortunately, the doctors could not revive her. There are several theories about her sudden demise which include falling under the influence of alcohol, being pushed by someone, committing suicide and involvement of underworld mafia with her husband, Sajid Nadiadwala – with whom she got married in an undisclosed event 8 months before her death. Eventually, the investigation was closed in 1998 by Mumbai police for not being able to find enough evidence.
- Jiah Khan
Jiah Khan had marked her spot in Bollywood with the movies Nishabd, Ghajini and Housefull. On 3rd June 2013, she reportedly committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan in her own bedroom of her family residence in Juhu, Mumbai. Four days after the incident a suicide letter was found by Jiah’s sister in which she had stated that she wants to end up her life. It also mentioned about her recent abortion. Her mother, Rabiya claims that Jiah was murdered by her boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi, son of Aditya Pancholi. Sooraj was taken into custody but the court granted him bail within a few weeks. Though the CBI ruled out the possibility of murder, Rabiya hired British forensics expert who claims that the marks on her face and neck indicate it was definitely not a suicide.
- Parveen Babi
Parveen Babi is remembered for her glamorous roles in movies like Deevar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Namak Halaal and much more. On 22nd January 2005, she was found dead in her apartment. The secretary of the apartment informed the police on notice that she did not collect milk packets and newspapers from her doorstep in last three days. Her body was taken to the Cooper Hospital and the post-mortem reports stated that she had not eaten in last three days and must have had starved to death as a consequence. Parveen was rumored to have mental illness and was suffering from severe depression due to her failed relationships with men in the film industry itself. She was not in touch with most of her close ones and even had no one beside her during the last days of her life.
- Silk Smitha
Silk Smitha was the most sought-after erotic actress in the 1980s. 23rd September 1996 was the day when Silk apparently committed suicide in her apartment in Chennai. The night before, she called up her friend, Anuradha to come over as she wanted to discuss something that was bothering her, but Anuradha said she would meet her the next morning. But unfortunately, the next morning Silk was found dead. In spite of being successful in the industry her personal life was in distress. The real reason for her death is still a mystery but some say that he committed suicide for being too much depressed for the death that she owed.
- Shikha Joshi
Shikha Joshi, the model-turned-actress known for her small role in the movie B.A. Pass (2013), committed suicide by slitting her throat with a knife in the bathroom of her Versova flat on 16th May 2015. She was taken to the hospital but died due to excessive bleeding. Two of her friends were at the residence when the incident happened who upon finding out about her action recorded a video in which Shikha’s dying statement was recorded. The actress accused a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Vijay Sharma and many other married men who have had exploited her and they were the reason of her committing the suicide. Shikha had also filed a molestation case against Dr. Sharma in 2011 to whom she went for a checkup after having breast implant in 2006. The authenticity of the video is being probed by the police.
- Nafisa Joseph
Nafisa Joseph was the winner of Femina Miss India Universe 1997, a model and MTV video jockey. On 29th July 2004, she hanged herself in her flat in Versova, Mumbai. It was claimed by her parents that Nafisa committed suicide because her marriage with businessman Gautam Khanduja was called off since it was found out that Khanduja was a married man. When he was being confronted he neither answered anything about his marriage nor produced any divorce papers which he previously claimed to have been filed. Khanduja allegedly had threatened Nafisa when she wanted to confront his wife. The case is still pending in the court.
- Saiyyam Khanna
Saiyaam Khanna an aspiring actress was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her flat in Mumbai on 31st August 2014. The day before Saiyaam told her sister Riya to go to the market to buy a few things and not to disturb her as she would be resting. After returning Riya watched TV till late night and upon hearing a song playing on a loop from her sister’s room and thinking Saiyaam might have had slept leaving the i-pod on, she entered her room and found Saiyaam’s hanging body. According to Riya, Saiyaam was in a relationship with the son of a well-known actor in Bollywood and issues between them might have triggered the incident to happen. It was found out upon investigation that the last call that Saiyaam had made was to her boyfriend. No police case was filed since Riya thinks she cannot fight the system.
- Kuljeet Randhawa
Kuljeet Randhawa was an Indian actress who was doing pretty well in his career but hanged herself in her Juhu Apartment on 8th February 2006. She had left a suicide note in which she had stated that she was taking this drastic decision as she was unable to cope with the pressures of life. She had recently recovered from a bad relationship and was apparently under depression. Kuljeet, being a good friend of Nafisa Joseph, was also badly upset after Nafisa’s death.
- Viveka Babajee
Viveka Babajee, the winner of Miss Mauritius World 1993 and Miss Mauritius Universe 1994 was a model and actress. On 25th June 2010, she was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her residence in Mumbai. The police reports state that she had committed suicide because she was going through severe depression. It was found written in Viveka’s diary that she accused his boyfriend Gautam Vohra for her death. Gautam Vohra denied being in any relationship with Viveka. Initially, no actions were taken against him, but the case was reopened in 2012 when Vohra was arrested in another murder case.
- Archana Pande
Archana Pande, a model-turned-financial consultant was found to commit suicide in her Versova flat on 29th September 2014. After three days her neighbors got a foul smell from her residence and called up the police. Her body was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her bedroom. Archana had left behind a suicide note blaming her boyfriend Omar Pathan for her suicide. It stated that Pathan ill-treated her which prompted her to take such action.
Nobody knows the real reason and circumstances of the death of these Bollywood Divas, but them! May their departed souls rest in peace.