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Celebrity deaths in 2012

King of romance director Yash Chopra, first Indian superstar Rajesh Khanna, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and India's greatest satirist Jaspal Bhatti are some greats to have hung their boots in 2012.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2013 15:57 IST

It was a sad year for India's creative industry in terms of the losses it had to bear. King of romance director Yash Chopra, first Indian superstar Rajesh Khanna, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and one of India's greatest satirist Jaspal Bhatti are some greats we lost in 2012.

Here, we list the Bollywood demises:

Pandit Ravi Shankar
The great Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away on December 11 after undergoing a heart surgery. He was arguably the best contemporary Indian musician. Pandit Ravi Shankar also imntroduced Indian music to the world. For more on the sitar virtuoso, click here.

Jaspal Bhatti
India lost its first stand-up comedian on October 25 in an accident. Jaspal Bhatti fell victim to a car crash and died. One of the best known shows of Jaspal Bhatti was Ulta Pulta and Flop Show. Apart from his wonderful performance on television shows, the satirist featured in movies like Fanaa and entertained the audience. Read on for more on Jaspal Bhatti.

Yash Chopra
Bollywood felt one of the hardest blows on October 21 when the romance king Yash Chopra left for his heavenly abode after fighting dengue for several days. The veteran director will be remembered for his romantic films like Silsila, Kabhie Kabhie,Chandni, Dil To Pagal Hai and many more. The six time National Film Award winner also won eleven Filmfare Awards for his enchanting movies. Click for complete story, click here

Dinesh Thakur
Actor-Director Dinesh Thakur passed away on September 20 after prolonged illness. Rajnigandha was one of the most memorable films of Dinesh Thakur. He won two Filmfare awards for the movie. More on Dinesh Thakur...

AK Hangal
Avataar Krishan Hangal, the name that symbolised maturity and age for decades, was added to the list of the B-town losses on August 26 due to prolonged illness. AK Hangal will be remembered for his excellent performance in movies like Namak Haraam, Shaukeen, Sholay, , Avtaar, Aandhi, Tapasya, Kora Kagaz, Bawarchi, Chitchor, Balika Badhu, Guddi. He also acted in a few TV serials. He made an appearance in a recent TV soap opera, Madhubala-Ek Ishq Ek Junoon. Click here for full story.

Ashok Mehta
Noted cinematographer Ashok Mehta left for his heavenly abode on August 15 after fighting lung cancer for a long time. Ashok Mehta lent his skills to several memorable movies like Chowringhee Lane, Utsav, Trikal, Khalnayak, Bandit Queen, Chalte Chalte, Gajgamini, Trimurti, Khalnayak, Moksha and Ram Lakhan. For more, read on...

Rajesh Khanna
The original superstar passed away on July 18, leaving thousands of mourning fans behind, after prolonged illness. The Bollywood actor is best known for his charismatic ways and legendary romantic roles. Some of his best known movies are Anand, Amar Prem, Aaradhna, Safar, Bawarchi and Kati Patang. Full story

Dara Singh
The former wrestling champion, Rustam-E-Hind Dara Singh died on July 12, just days after suffering from a severe cardiac arrest. Dara Singh was most remebered for his charismatic role as Hanuman in Ramayana. Full coverage

Achla Sachdev
Yesteryears actoress Achla Sachdev passed away on April 29 in Pune. She essayed some of the remarkable roles in Indian cinema. Her performance as Balraj Sahni's wife in Waqt will always be remembered. She also did movies like Prem Pujari, Mera Naam Joker, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Andaz.

Akhlaq Mohammed Khan (Shaharyar)
Noted lyricist Akhlaq Mohammed Khan passed away on February 13 after battling lung cancer for a long time. He wrote under the pen name of Shahryar. His lyrics for Umrao Jaan can never be forgotten. He also lent his pen to films like Gaman and Fasle and Anjuman. For more on Shahryar, read on...

Joy Mukherjee
Bollywood veteran Joy Mukherjee, who acted in films like Love in Simla, died on March 9. He was 73. He is survived by his wife Neelam Mukherjee and three children - two sons and a daughter. Mukherjee stepped into showbiz with 1960 hit film Love In Simla. His popularity soared with projects like Shagird, Love In Tokyo, Ziddi, Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon and Ek Musafir Ek Hasina.

Raj Kanwar
Director Raj Kanwar passed away on February 3 following complications after a kidney transplant operation developed complications. Some of his best movies were Deewana, Laadla, Daag: The Fire, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, Andaaz. He launched
Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra among several others. Read on for more...

Gavin Packard
Bollywood lost one of its oldest villian on May 18 when Gavin Packard died of respiratory disorder. The British origin actor was best known for his roles in movies like Sadak and Mohra.