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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:24 pm 

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Around 2004-2005 we started noting Indian Personality Passing Away in thread:


Every now and then, watching old films, we start wondering about some actor/ actress not heard of recently and nor we find him/ her in the above thread topic.
So, thought of this thread topic where we can list/ discuss film personalities passed away prior to 2004-5 and also those who we forgot to notice and report, even post 2004.

One I just noticed/ thought of;


Passed Away Feb 24, 1998

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Lalita Pawar: That unforgettable ‘evil woman’

Iqbal Rizvi
Published: Apr 18th 2018, 04.31 PM

When Lalita was at the peak of her career, an accident made her take up character roles depicting women with cruel intentions. Soon, she became the unrivalled ‘saas’ of Hindi cinema

The degree of hatred people had for that woman—it’s difficult to find another example of it to describe it. Although she never did anything ‘bad’. It was just that she portrayed the character of an evil woman on silver screen with such sincerity and so effectively that she was hated in almost every household of the Hindi belt. Lalita Pawar rendered the character of an atrocious and cruel mother-in-law with such authenticity that the Indian women always prayed that their daughters should not get a mother-in-law like Lalita Pawar!

But the fact is that Lalita Pawar had never thought that she will ever be playing negative or villainous roles. It happened by sheer chance. During a shoot, she was slapped so hard that it drastically changed her both life and career.

Amba Lakshman Rao Shagun aka Lalita Pawar was born on April 18, 1916, in Nashik, Maharashtra. She started her film career as a child artist with the film Arya Mahila. In 1935 she rocked the silver screen with her glamorous avatar as a young heroine. In her next, Daivi Khazana, she appeared in a bikini and created quite a stir. After that there was no looking back for Lalita and she gave one hit after another. With the film Chatur Sundari she made a kind of a record by performing 17 roles! But nobody mentions it now and it has quietly receded as a faint memory in the vast folds of Hindi cinema.

When Lalita was at the peak of her career as a heroine, an accident made everything stand still for her. During the shoot of the film Jung-E-Azadi (1948), Bhagwan Dada slapped her so hard that it caused a facial paralysis and burst a vein in her left eye. The shooting was being held in a distant village where she could not get immediate medical assistance. She was brought back to the city after two days and went through medical treatment for three long years but Lalita was left with a defective eye and a peculiar stretch on the face. Thus ended her career as a heroine. But now cinema was an integral part of her life and she could not imagine her life without it. She then decided to do whatever roles come her way. And thus she switched to character roles which she performed with all sincerity and hard work. Due to the tragic incident, her left eye became smaller and it became a typical characteristic of her acting. In 1950, came V Shantaram’s film Dahej. The film gave her an image which became immemorable in the history of Indian cinema.

In Dahej she portrayed the character of a cruel mother-in-law, whose heartless acts shocked the audiences. After that, Lalita Pawar became the unrivalled ‘saas’ of Hindi cinema. Although she performed some positive roles too in between but she remained a favourite choice for the characters of cruel and scheming ‘mother-in-law or sister-in-law.

When Ramanand Sagar launched the iconic serial Ramayan, he found no one as suitable as Lalita to play the role of Manthara, Kaikeyi’s maidservant. Once again, the younger generation had the opportunity to see the excellence of Lalita Pawar’s villainous performance. By 1990, Lalita Pawar had done 600 films in various Indian languages. In 1990, Lalita was diagnosed with the cancer of the jaw. She shifted to Pune for her treatment. Meanwhile, she did some films like Hatyare (1990), Shiv Teri Mahima Nyari (1992) and Muskurahat (1992).

On February 24, 1998, she died when she was alone in the house. It was an irony that the wonderful actress who did not let her ailment force her away from the limelight, passed away in utter loneliness when her family was away, and her death went unnoticed for two days.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:56 pm 

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Lakshmi Chhaya
(7 January 1948 – 9 May 2004)

Lakshmi Chhaya passed away May 9, 2004 (illness: Cancer).

She acted in lots of films, many side heroine roles, she must have been lead actress in some films.
The most famous role, you all know of:
Mera Gaaon Mera Desh - Maar Diya Jaaye ya Chhod Diya Jaaiye

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:47 pm 

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Another famous Music Director and even more famous and contributor as assistant to Shanker Jaikishan,

Dattaram who passed away in 2007 (June 8, 2007)

Also, another great music director with similar name,
N.Datta who passed away in 1987 (Dec 30, 1987)
(Black Cat, Dhool Ka Phool, Sadhna, Hum Panchhee Ek Daal Ke)

As I listed Dattaram, must list Shanker and Jaikishan, for whom Dattaram was assistant music director, as well.
Shanker passed away April 26, 1987
Jaikishan, who passed away Sept 12, 1971

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