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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

Quote: ... evil-woman

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

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 3:15 pm 

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B. Nagi Reddy in 2004

DragunR2 wrote:
rana wrote:
B Nagi Reddy dead

Veteran film producer and Dada Sahib Phalke award winner B Nagi Reddy died here on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. Mr Reddy, who founded Vijaya-Vahini, Asia’s biggest film studio in 1950 and produced over 50 films in the four South Indian languages as well as Hindi, had been ailing for the past six months.

His condition deteriorated on Monday and he breathed his last in the afternoon.
Mr Reddy (92), leaves three sons and two daughters. Some of his famous films include “Missiamma”, “Enga Veettu Pillai” and “Maya Bazaar”. Born in 1912 in Cuddapah district of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Reddy launched “Andhra Jyoti” in 1945 and and the popular children’s magazine “Ambulimama” in 12 languages in 1947.
Subsequently, he launched several other magazines like “Bommai” and “Mangai” in Tamil and “Vijaya Chitra” and “Vanita” in Telugu and Kannada. He closed down Vijaya-Vahini after the Tamil film industry moved out of studios in the 1970s and started the Vijaya Hospital and Vijaya Health Centre.

He headed the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce for four times and All-India Film Sammelan for two terms. He was honoured with Dada Sahib Phalke award in 1981.


Among his Hindi Films, wasn't it Ram Aur Shyam most famous. Sadhu Aur Shaitaan too?? Other B Nagireddy Hindi films??


Is his magazine "Ambulimama" same ChandaMama?? YES


I watched the songs from his Gundamma Katha the other day. His films usually had pretty good music.

Other films in Hindi by BNR:

Ram Aur Shyam
Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani
Shriman Shrimati

Sadhu Aur Shaitaan was produced by N.C. Sippy according to the SKY DVD cover, but they were wrong with Teesri Kasam. The director is listed as A. Bhimsingh, who directed Tamil movies, so it could be a remake of a Tamil film.

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 3:40 pm 

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She passed away in 2006
(Re-Posting it here)

rana wrote:

Recall Chitra-Azad pairing, in main leads, in many 'B' movies.

She passed away in 2006. (not sure if we noticed and posted this in zulm thread 'The Departed')


Chitra is an actress, known for Mayurpankh (1954), Reporter Raju (1962) and Zimbo (1958).

Passed away in 2006.
Changed her name from Afsar Unissa Begum to Chitra for her career.
She from a nawabi (royal) family of Hyderabad/ Chitra had come to Bombay for holidays, and was fond of movies. When she got a offer to act, she jumped at it.
Not to be confused with Marathi actress Chitra Nawathe who married director Raja Nawathe. The other Chitra danced in Hindi films with the screen name "Kumud" (Not Chuggani). Chitra Nawathe sister Rekha Kamat was also a actress in Marathi films.

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Reporter Raju
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1983 Razia Sultan
1982 Desh Premee
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1975 Samasya
1967 Lav-Kush
1966 Jadoo
1965 Jadui Angoothi
1965 Main Hoon Jadugar
1965 Noor Mahal
Malin / Rooh / Hunterwali
1965 Baghi Haseena
1965 Chhupa Rustam
1965 Shahi Lutera
1965 Shahi Raqasa
1965 Tarzan and the Circus
1964 Magic Carpet
1964 Tarzan and the Mermaid
1964 Challenge
1964 Idd Ka Chand
1964 Khufia Mahal
1964 Tarzan and Captain Kishore
1964 Tarzan and Delilah
1963 Subhadra Haran
1963 Thoratanchi Kamala
1963 Zarak Khan
1963 Tarzan and the Magician
1963 Patal Nagri
1962 Maya Jaal
1962 Reporter Raju
1962 Kala Samundar
1961 Murad
1961 Saaya
1961 Diamond King
1961 Howrah Express
1961 Room No.17
1960 Aanchal
1960 Do Dost
1960 Qatil
1960 Zalim Tera Jawab Nahin
1960 Zimbo Shaher Mein
1960 Pedro
1959 Baap Bete
1959 Madari
1959 O Tera Kya Kahna
1959 Behram Daku
1959 Nek Khatoon
1958 Kabhi Andhera Kabhi Ujala
1958 Khazanchi
Geeta Mohan
1958 Zimbo
Leela Devi
1958 Neelofar
1958 Sair-E-Paristan
1958 Shan-E-Hatim
1957 Bansari Bala
1957 Pak Daman
1957 Perveen
1957 Sati Pariksha
1957 Shahi Bazar
1956 Zindagi Ke Mele
1956 Alam Ara
1956 Baghi Sardar
1956 Basre Ki Hoor
1956 Indra Sabha
1956 Kala Chor
1956 Lal E Yaman
1956 Naqab Posh
1956 Sultan - E- Alam
1955 Aaj Ki Baat
1955 Andher Nagari Chaupat Raja
1955 Baghdad Ka Chor
1955 Hoor-E-Arab
1955 Alladin Ka Beta
1955 Darbar
1955 Hatimtai Ki Beti
1955 Mano Na Mano
1955 Roop Basant
1955 Sakhi Hatim
1955 Son of Ali Baba
1954 Chor Bazar
1954 Maan
1954 Mayurpankh
1954 Sahil
1954 Tilottama
1953 Devbappa
1953 Do Bigha Zamin
1953 Gulacha Ganapati
1952 Lakhachi Gosht

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