Bollywood Male Celebrities Who Breathed Their Last In 2021

Posted On: 14 Dec 2021 | Last Updated : 09 Mar 2022 | Views : 136

Due to the pandemic, the years 2020 and 2021 have been the toughest years of our lives. Out of many troubles faced by people during the past two years, the worst was to lose a loved one due to the COVID-19. It is always saddening to learn about the death of someone close to our heart. However, their untimely and sudden death causes more pain. We have also lost many beloved Bollywood celebrities in this and previous year majorly because of the coronavirus. While some died a natural death, the death of our favourite celebrity always breaks our heart. However, no one can fight death, not even your favourite celebrity, but their memories remain intact in our head, and their work is acknowledged even after their death. Their demise is often mourned by not only their friends or families, but a large group of people whom they influenced in their lifetime. Here is the list of Bollywood Male Celebrities who passed away in 2021.


1. Narendra Chanchal (Playback Singer) (Born – October 16, 1940, Died – January 22, 2021)

The Indian singer, Narendra Chanchal was well known for singing religious songs and hymns. Apart from Bhajans and religious songs, he had also sung many Bollywood songs. His first song in Bollywood was ‘Beshak Mandir Masjid Todo’ from the 1973 romantic film Bobby, starring Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia. He also won Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for this song. Later, he sang songs in movies like Benaam (1974), Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974), Aasha (1980), Avatar (1983), Kala Suraj (1985), etc. On 22 January 2021, this excellent singer died at the age of 80 in New Delhi, because of age-related illness.

Narendra Chanchal
Narendra Chanchal
2. Arvind Joshi (Actor) (Born – 1936, Died – January 29, 2021)

Father of film actors Sharman Joshi and Manasi Joshi Roy, Arvind Joshi was an Indian film and theatre actor, who acted in several Hindi and Gujarati films. He appeared in supporting roles in Bollywood movies like Ittefaq (1969), Sholay (1975), Love Marriage (1984), Naam (1986), Apmaan Ki Aag (1990) and Godmother (1999). On 29 January 2021, the actor died at the age of 84 at his residence in Mumbai, due to age-related illness.

Arvind Joshi
Arvind Joshi
3. Rajiv Kapoor (Actor, Director) (Born – August 25, 1962, Died – February 9, 2021)

Member of the cinematic Kapoor family, Rajiv Kapoor, the son of actor Raj Kapoor, was an Indian film actor, director and producer. He was best known for his lead role in his debut film, Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), directed by Raj Kapoor, alongside Mandakini. He has also acted in movies like Lover Boy (1985), Zalzala (1988), Hum To Chale Pardes (1988), etc. He directed the 1996 romantic drama Prem Granth, starring Rishi Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. At the age of 58, the Bollywood actor died due to a heart attack. On 9th February 2021, Rajiv Kapoor was at his brother, Randhir Kapoor’s place, where he had a heart attack and was rushed to Inlaks Hospital. On his arrival at the hospital, he was declared dead by the doctors.

Rajiv Kapoor
Rajiv Kapoor
4. Sagar Sarhadi (Writer) (Born – May 11, 1933, Died – March 22, 2021)

Sagar Sarhadi was a dialogue and screenwriter, who gained popularity for his work in Yash Chopra’s Kabhi Kabhie (1976), starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor and Raakhee. He started his career by writing short Urdu films, and then went on to write for films like Noorie (1979), Silsila (1981), Bazaar (1982), Chandni (1989), Deewana (1992) and many more. At the age of 84, the writer passed away peacefully at his residence in Mumbai. It was reported that he wasn’t keeping well for quite some time and had also stopped eating. On 22nd March 2021, he died shortly before midnight.

Sagar Sarhadi
Sagar Sarhadi
5. Tariq Shah (Actor, Director) (Born – May 1952, Died – April 3, 2021)

The veteran actor and director Tariq Shah started his acting career with a TV serial in the 1980s and later made his way to Bollywood. He appeared in movies like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1980), Gumnaam Hai Koi (1983), Humdum (1984), Akaash Ganga (1990), Ganga Ka Vachan (1992), etc. He is best known for directing the 1990 romantic drama Bahaar Aane Tak and the 1995 action drama Janam Kundli, starring Vinod Khanna, Jeetendra and Reena Roy. At the age of 68, Tariq Shah died at a private hospital in Mumbai on 3rd April 2021. The reports claim that he died due to double pneumonia and was also suffering from kidney problems for the previous two years.

Tariq Shah
Tariq Shah
6. Satish Kaul (Actor) (Born – September 8, 1954, Died – April 10, 2021)

Satish Kaul was an Indian actor, who worked in both Punjabi and Hindi films. He has acted in over 300 films in his career and worked with notable Bollywood actors. Some important movies of his career include Mere Sartaj (1975), Warrant (1975), Garam Khoon (1980), Khooni Mahal (1987), Hatya (1988), Ram Lakhan (1989), Janam Kundli (1995), and many more. He was often referred as ‘the Amitabh Bachchan of Punjabi cinema’. The actor died on 10th April 2021 at the age of 74, due to COVID-19 in Ludhiana.

Satish Kaul
Satish Kaul
7. Kishore Nandlaskar (Actor) (Born – June, 1940, Died – April 20, 2021)

Kishore Nandlaskar was an Indian film and theatre actor, who was best known for his work in movies like Vaastav: The Reality (1999), Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain (2000), Khakee (2004), Kurukshetra (2010), Simmba (2018), etc. This veteran actor has acted in over 40 plays and 25 Marathi and Hindi movies. At the age of 80, the actor died due to COVID-19 complications on 20th April 2021. He was admitted to Global COVID centre in Thane, after he tested positive for the novel Coronavirus and within a week, he lost his life.

Kishore Nandlaskar
Kishore Nandlaskar
8. Johny Lal (Cinematographer) (Died – April 21, 2021)

The Indian cinematographer, Johny Lal predominantly worked in Bollywood and Kannada films. After working as an associative cinematographer, he worked as an independent cinematographer in movies like Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai (2001), Rehnaa Hai Tere Dil Mein (2001), Kucch Toh Hai (2003), Shaadi Se Pehle (2006), Partner (2007), Veere Ki Wedding (2018), etc. Johny Lal died on 21st April 2021, and his death was again one of the Bollywood COVID-19 deaths in 2021. Many Bollywood actors remembered him and showed their grief on social media.

Johny Lal
Johny Lal
9. Shravan Kumar Rathod (Music Director) (Born – November 13, 1954, Died – April 22, 2021)

Shravan Kumar Rathod was an iconic music director and part of the infamous Bollywood music directors’ duo, Nadeem - Shravan, comprising himself and Nadeem Akhtar Saifi. The duo rose to fame in the 1990s with their works in movies like Aashiqui (1990), Saajan (1991), Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991), Sadak (1991), Raja Hindustani (1996), Raaz (2002), Bewafaa (2005), and many more. Shravan Kumar Rathod tested positive for COVID-19, and was admitted to a hospital because of his critical situation. A few days later, on 22 April 2021, this music composer took his last breath in a private hospital in Mumbai.

Shravan Kumar Rathod
Shravan Kumar Rathod
10. Amit Mistry (Actor) (Born – January 12, 1974, Died – April 23, 2021)

The Indian film and television actor, Amit Mistry had made his appearance in several Hindi and Gujarati television serials and films. He is best known for his works in movies like Kya Kehna (2000), Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007), Shor in the City (2010), Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011), A Gentleman (2017), etc. The popular actor died on 23 April 2021 following a massive cardiac arrest. Amit Mistry was at his house in Andheri, Mumbai with his parents when he suffered a cardiac arrest and died on the spot before they could get any help. He made his last appearance in the 2021 comedy-horror drama Bhoot Police, which was released post his death.

Amit Mistry
Amit Mistry
11. Lalit Behl (Actor) (Born – August 15, 1949, Died – April 23, 2021)

Lalit Behl was an Indian actor, director, producer and writer. He started his career by directing and producing telefilms for Doordarshan. He also acted in many of his telefilms. Many years later, he started acting in Bollywood films. He has acted in films like Titli (2014), Mukti Bhawan (2016), Made in Heaven (2019) and Judgementall Hai Kya (2019). At the age of 71, the actor died on 23rd April, 2021, one week after testing positive for COVID-19. Lalit Behl’s son, filmmaker Kanu Behl confirmed his father’s death and mentioned that he had a history of heart ailment that made his COVID-19 complications worse.

Lalit Behl
Lalit Behl
12. Waman Bhonsle (Editor) (Born – February 19, 1932, Died – April 26, 2021)

Part of the editor duo of Waman – Guru (Guru Dutt Shirali), Waman Bhonsle won the National Film Award for Best Editing for the 1977 film Inkaar. In the career span of four decades, he has worked with the top filmmakers like Raj Khosla, Mahesh Bhatt, Shekhar Kapur, Raj Sippy, Sunil Dutt, Ravi Tandon, Subhash Ghai, etc. He has edited many super hit movies including Do Raaste (1969), Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971), Mausam (1975), Dostana (1980), Karz (1980), Ram Lakhan (1989), Agneepath (1990), Saudagar (1991) and many more. The Nation award-winning editor died at the age of 87, on 26th April 2021, at his residence in Mumbai due to the age-related illness.

Waman Bhonsle
Waman Bhonsle
13. K. V. Anand (Cinematographer) (Born – October 30, 1966, Died – April 30, 2021)

K. V. Anand was a prominent Bollywood cinematographer. He started his career as a journalist, however, after a short period he became a cinematographer in the early 1990s and went on to work in several Bollywood and South Indian films. He is most noted for his works in the movies like Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1998), Josh (2000), Nayak: The Real Hero (2001), The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and Khakee (2004). He has also directed a few South Indian films. At the age of 54, the director and cinematographer K. V. Anand died on 30th April 2021 following a cardiac arrest.

K. V. Anand
K. V. Anand
14. Bikramjeet Kanwarpal (Actor) (Born – August 29, 1968, Died – May 1, 2021)

The Indian film and television actor, Bikramjeet Kanwarpal was a former army officer who took to acting after retiring from the Indian army. He is known for appearing in supporting roles in several Bollywood films and television serials. He has acted in movies like Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? (2010), Murder 2 (2011), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), Shortcut Romeo (2013), Bhaag Johnny (2015), The Ghazi Attack (2017), etc. At the age of 52, this Bollywood actor passed away in 2021 due to COVID-19 complications. On 1st May 2021, he took his last breath and following his demise, celebrities took to social media to express their grief.

Bikramjeet Kanwarpal
Bikramjeet Kanwarpal
15. Vanraj Bhatia (Music Director) (Born – May 31, 1927, Died – May 7, 2021)

The Nation Award-winning Music Director, Vanraj Bhatia was one of the best music composers of Bollywood. He is known for his works in the movies like Junoon (1979), Sazaye Maut (1981), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Kalyug (1981), Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), Mandi (1983), Chameli (2003) and many more. In 2012, the Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian cinema. On 7th May 2021, Vanraj Bhatia died at an age of 93, due to age-related illness.

Vanraj Bhatia
Vanraj Bhatia
16. K. D. Chandran (Actor) (Born – January, 1935, Died – May 16, 2021)

Father of actress Sudha Chandran, the veteran actor K. D. Chandran had acted in several movies including Junoon (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega… (2000), Shararat (2002), Koi… Mil Gaya (2003) and Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon! (2003). At the age of 84, the actor died on 16th May 2021 following a cardiac arrest. He was admitted in the hospital because of his kidney related ailment, however, his condition got worse and he suffered from a cardiac arrest.

K. D. Chandran
K. D. Chandran
17. Raamlaxman (Music Director) (Born – September 16, 1942, Died – May 22, 2021)

Vijay Patil, popularly known as Raamlaxman, was an Indian music director and most remembered for his hit music for Rajshri Production films. He has worked in as many as 75 films and is most noted for his works in the movies like Agent Vinod (1977), Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Muskurahat (1992), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), etc. At the age of 78, Raamlaxman died on 22nd May 2021 following a heart attack. Many celebrities took to Twitter to mourn his demise, including actors Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit.

Raamlaxman
Raamlaxman
18. Buddhadeb Dasgupta (Director) (Born – February 11, 1944, Died – June 10, 2021)

The Bengali poet and filmmaker of Indian cinema, Buddhadeb Dasgupta was a National Film Award winner. He has directed several successful Bengali films including Hindi films like Andhi Gali (1984) and Bagh Bahadur (1989) and the 2013 Bollywood film Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa. He was one of the best filmmakers Bengal has produced, who helped put Indian cinema on a global stage. At the age of 77, the critically acclaimed film director passed away on 10th June 2021 in Kolkata, due to kidney-related ailment that he was suffering from for quite some time.

Buddhadeb Dasgupta
Buddhadeb Dasgupta
19. Chandrashekhar (Actor) (Born – July 7, 1922, Died – June 16, 2021)

Chandrashekhar Vaidya, simply known as Chandrashekhar, was a yesteryear Indian film and television actor. He had appeared in supporting roles in several movies starring Rajesh Khanna in the lead roles. He acted in movies like Bebas (1950), Gateway of India (1957), Barsaat Ki Raat (1960), Kati Patang (1970), Gehri Chaal (1973), The Burning Train (1980), Namak Halal (1982), and many more. On 16th June 2021, the actor died at the age of 98 in Mumbai, due to age-related illness.

Chandrashekhar
Chandrashekhar
20. Raj Kaushal (Director) (Born – July 24, 1971, Died – June 30, 2021)

The Indian director and producer, Raj Kaushal was married to Bollywood actress Mandira Bedi. Raj Kaushal directed movies like Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi (1999), Shaadi Ka Laddoo (2004), Anthony Kaun Hai (2006) and Akkad Bakkad Rafu Chakkar (2021). On 30th June 2021, the filmmaker died at the age of 49, following a massive heart attack. The news of his demise was first confirmed by his friend actor Rohit Roy, who posted a long emotional note bidding goodbye to the filmmaker. He is survived by his wife Mandira and children Vir and Tara.

Raj Kaushal
Raj Kaushal
21. Arvind Rathod (Actor) (Born – September, 1938, Died – July 1, 2021)

The photojournalist-turned-actor Arvind Rathod was a famous actor, who was active in Hindi and Gujarati films for over four decades. He has acted in movies like Lady Killer (1968), Johnny Uska Naam (1970), Agneepath (1990) and Khuda Gawah (1992). At the age of 82, the actor died on 1st July 2021 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He was reportedly ill for a long time and eventually died due to age-related illness.

Arvind Rathod
Arvind Rathod
22. Dilip Kumar (Actor) (Born – December 11, 1922, Died – July 7, 2021)

Born as Mohammed Yusuf Khan, Dilip Kumar was an Indian actor, who was often referred to as the ‘Tragedy King’ for his portrayal of serious roles in the movies. The First Khan of Bollywood, he was one of the earliest superstars of Indian cinema. The actor was best known for his works in the movies like Daag (1952), Devdas (1955), Azaad (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Madhumati (1958), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Gopi (1970), Sagina (1974), Shakti (1982), and many more. At the age of 98, Dilip Kumar died on 7th July 2021 in Mumbai, due to prolonged illness. He would surely make it to the top 10 Bollywood Celebrities who died in 2021 list, as the actor left the legacy of most endorsed classic movies that spanned over six decades. The actor’s demise was mourned by the entire Bollywood and he is now survived by his wife actress Saira Banu.

Dilip Kumar
Dilip Kumar
23. Kumar Ramsay (Writer) (Died – July 8, 2021)

Kumar Ramsay is the eldest brother of infamous Ramsay Brothers, a pseudonym used for seven Bollywood filmmaker brothers, who made cult horror films in the 1970s and 1980s. They were popular for setting up the horror empire in Indian cinema. Among the seven brothers, Kumar Ramsay mainly handled the scripting. The brothers made films like Andhera (1975), Darwaza (1978), Guest House (1981), Purana Mandir (1984), Dak Bangla (1987), Purani Haveli (1989), Bandh Darwaza (1990) and many more. At the age of 85, filmmaker Kumar Ramsay breathed his last at his residence in Mumbai. His son Gopal Ramsay confirmed the news of his demise which was due to cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife Sheela and three sons Raj, Gopal and Sunil Ramsay.

Kumar Ramsay
Kumar Ramsay
24. Madhav Moghe (Actor) (Born – 1953/1954, Died – July 11, 2021)

Madhav Moghe was an Indian film actor and a famous mimicry artist. He had acted in movies like Damini (1993), Gathak (1996), Vinashak (1998), Partner (2007) and many more. The actor was also famous for his mimicry shows, and often played the character of ‘Thakur’ from Sholay (1975). At the age of 68, the actor passed away on 11th July 2021. He was suffering from the last stage of lung cancer and was not keeping well for around a month.

Madhav Moghe
Madhav Moghe
25. Anupam Shyam (Actor) (Born – September 20, 1957, Died – August 8, 2021)

Anupam Shyam Ojha was an Indian film and television actor, who was known for his villainous roles in the films and shows. He is best known for acting in movies like Dastak (1996), Satya (1998), Dil Se… (1998), Sangharsh (1999), Nayak: The Real Hero (2001), Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005), Golmaal (2006), Wanted (2009), etc. The actor breathed his last on 8th August 2021 at Life Line Hospital in Mumbai, at the age of 63, due to kidney failure.

Anupam Shyam
Anupam Shyam
26. Pradeep Guha (Producer) (Born – 1953/1954, Died – August 21, 2021)

Pradeep Guha was a well-known Indian film producer and media personality. He started his career as an assistant cameraman in movies like Dost (1974), Dil Kaa Heera (1979), Hum Do Hamare Do (1984), etc. He then became a film producer and produced movies like Fiza (2000) and Phir Kabhi (2008). He died on 21st August 2021 at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai, and according to the hospital, he was battling cancer. He is survived by his wife Papia Guha and son, Sanket Guha.

Pradeep Guha
Pradeep Guha
27. Sidharth Shukla (Actor) (Born – December 12, 1980, Died – September 2, 2021)

The Indian actor, model and host, Sidharth Shukla started his acting career with television serials and later, made his acting debut in Bollywood with the 2007 romantic drama I’m In Love which was followed by Soorma and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, starring Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. He became a household name by winning the reality show ‘Bigg Boss 13’ in 2019. At the age of 40, the actor died on 2nd September 2021 at Cooper Hospital in Mumbai, after suffering a massive heart attack. His demise shocked his fans and other Bollywood celebrities, and social media was flooded with the posts about the actor's sudden death. With such a huge fan base and well-wishers, Sidharth Shukla was surely one of the top 10 Bollywood actors who died in 2021.

Sidharth Shukla
Sidharth Shukla
28. Ghanshyam Nayak (Actor) (Born – May 12, 1944, Died 3 October, 2021)

Ghanshyam Nayak who was famous for his on-screen character Nattu Kaka in the TV serial Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah had acted in quite a few Bollywood as well as Gujarati movies and stage plays before making it to the small screen. The veteran actor appeared in supporting roles in notable films like Beta (1992), Krantiveer (1994), Barsaat (1995), Ishq (1997), China Gate (1998), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Khakee (2004), etc. He breathed his last on 3 October 2021 after battling a rare form of cancer.

Ghanshyam Nayak
Ghanshyam Nayak
29. Arvind Trivedi (Actor) (Born – November 8, 1938, Died – October 6, 2021)

Arvind Trivedi was an Indian actor and politician from Gujarat. He had an acting career span of over four decades, in which he appeared in several Hindi and Gujarati films. He gained massive popularity by playing the character of Ravana in the television series Ramayan (1987). He has acted in movies like Paraya Dhan (1971), Jangal Mein Mangal (1972), Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar (1973), Trimurti (1974) and Hum Tere Aashiq Hain (1979). This veteran actor breathed his last on 6th October 2021, at the age of 82, following a heart attack. Many, including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, paid their tribute to the actor and mourned his demise.

Arvind Trivedi
Arvind Trivedi
30. Leeladhar Sawant (Art Director) (Born – 1950/1951, Died – October 21, 2021)

The recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Leeladhar Sawant was a notable Art Director. He has done art direction for around 175 films, including Saagar (1985), Hatya (1988), 100 Days (1991), Deewana (1992), Hadh Kar Di Aapne (2000), etc. He started his career in Bollywood as an assistant art director and later, became an independent art director. The veteran art director, Leeladhar Sawant died at the age of 70. In the past, he suffered two brain haemorrhages and underwent two bypass surgeries, and after prolonged illness, Leeladhar Sawant breathed his last on 21st October 2021.

Leeladhar Sawant
Leeladhar Sawant
31. Yusuf Hussain (Actor) (Born – 1948, Died – October 30, 2021)

Yusuf Hussain was an Indian film actor who made his debut in Bollywood with the 2002 film Ab Ke Baras. He has acted in movies like Dum (2003), Dhoom (2004), Apaharan (2005), Vivah (2006), Daddy Cool: Join the Fun (2009), OMG: Oh My God! (2012), Raees (2017), etc. On 30th October 2021, the actor died at the age of 73, due to the COVID-19 complications at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. Yusuf Hussain’s son-in-law, filmmaker Hansal Mehta mourned his death with an emotional Instagram post. The actor made his last appearance in Diya Annapurna Ghosh’s crime thriller drama Bob Biswas that was released post his demise, on 3rd December 2021.

Yusuf Hussain
Yusuf Hussain
32. Brahma Swaroop Mishra (Actor) (Born – 1984/1985, Died – December 2, 2021)

The Indian actor, Brahma Swaroop Mishra, who is best known for his work in the Indian thriller web series Mirzapur. He has also appeared in supporting roles in the movies like Baromas (2012), Chor Chor Super Chor (2013), Manjhi – The Mountain Man (2015), Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017), Kesari (2019) and Haseen Dillruba (2021). This Bollywood actor died young in 2021 at the age of 36. He was found dead in his flat by the police after neighbours complained of a stench coming from his flat. The police said that the actor might have suffered a heart attack, however, the reason for his death is not yet clear.

Brahma Swaroop Mishra
Brahma Swaroop Mishra
33. K.S. Sethumadhavan (Director) (Born May 15, 1931, Died – December 24, 2021)

Veteran director, producer, and writer K.S. Sethumadhavan breathed his last on 24 December 2021 at his residence in Chennai. Born in 1931 in Palakkad district of Kerala, the noted filmmaker was a multi-time recipient of the national and state awards who had directed over 60 movies in five languages during his four-decade-long career since the early 1960s. Besides directing Hindi films like Julie (1975) starring Lakshmi and Vikram and Yehi Hai Zindagi (1977) starring Sanjeev Kumar, Vikram Gokhale, and Seema Deo, his filmography included noted South-Indian language films Odayil Ninnu, Daaham, Sthanarthi Saramma, Koottukudumbam, Vazhve Mayam, Ara Nazhika Neram, Anubhavangal Palichakal, Karakanakkadal, Achanum Bappayum, Punarjanmam, Chattakkari, Oppol, Marupakkam, Kannada Movie Manini.

K.S. Sethumadhavan
K.S. Sethumadhavan
34. K.V. Raju (Director) (Born – N.A., Died – December 24, 2021)

K.V. Raju was a well-known writer-director who primarily worked in the Kannada film industry. He started his career in Sandalwood as an assistant director for the movie Baddada Hoo in 1982 and thereafter turned independent director with Olave Baduku. His Kannada superhit films include Yuddhakanda, Belli Modagalu, Huliya and Belli Kalungura while he directed two popular Bollywood movies namely - Indrajeet (1991) starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Prada and Udhaar Ki Zindagi (1994) starring Jeetendra, Kajol & Moushumi Chatterjee in the lead roles. He breathed his last on 24 December 2021 at his Bengaluru residence.

K.V. Raju
K.V. Raju
35. Mushtaq Merchant (Actor) (Born – 1954, Died – December 27, 2021)

Mushtaq Merchant who appeared in supporting roles in many popular Bollywood films breathed his last at the age of 67 at Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai on 27 December 2021. The actor mostly played a comedian and made his debut in Narendra Bedi's Jawani Diwani in 1972. He also acted in movies like Seeta Aur Geeta, Haath Ki Safai, Sholay, Saagar, Janbaaz, and Khoon Bhari Maang where he portrayed a Parsi Baba. The actor who reportedly was suffering from diabetes for a long time had quit acting in 2005 and busied himself with religious activities.

Mushtaq Merchant
Mushtaq Merchant
36. Vijay Galani (Producer) (Born – N.A., Died – December 29, 2021)

Bollywood's well-known producer Vijay Galani breathed his last on 29 December 2021 in London. He was known for bankrolling movies like the Salman Khan action drama Suryavanshi (1992), Ajnabee (2001) starring Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Bipasha Basu, and the Salman Khan period drama Veer (2010). He also produced movies like Achanak (1998), Bachke Rehna Re Baba (2005), LoveShhuda (2016) and the OTT released Vidyut Jammwal action entertainer The Power (2021) which was directed by Mahesh Manjrekar. He had flown to London three months ago to treat blood cancer and is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Vijay Galani
Vijay Galani
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