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Demises in 2016

The popular adage “the show must go on” suits Bollywood perfectly. Every year new people enter the industry as singers or lyricists or actors or directors whilst simultaneously we also face the loss of some dear members of the fraternity. The show may go on but the people gone are never forgotten. BollyCurry remembers those members of Bollywood who we lost this year and shines light on them and their achievements.

Rajesh Vivek, most notably known for his role in Lagaan (2001), Swades (2004) amongst many others, passed away on 14th of January this year. He had been part of Bollywood for more than two decades and was also nominated for his comic role of astrologer “Guran” in Lagaan by International Indian Film Academy. The alumnus of the National School of Drama was introduced to Bollywood by Shyam Benegal through the movie Junoon (1978) which led him to act in over 70 films in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi movies since late 1970s.

On 8th of February we lost an immensely talented award winning lyricist, poet and dialogue writer – Nida Fazli. The Padmashri award winner had written 24 books in Urdu, Hindi and Gujarati, along with title songs for serials such as Sailaab, Neem Ke Ped, Jaane Kya Baat Hui, Jyoti and had also penned songs like “Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya” from Sarfarosh (1999) and “Tu Iss Tarah Se Meri Zindagi Mein” from Aap To Aise Na The (1980). He had also won the Star Screen Award for Best Lyricist for Sur (2002) and the Bollywood Movie Award of Best Lyricist for the song “Aa Bhi Ja” from Sur.

Rajesh Pillai was a well-known director in the Malayalam film industry who recently ventured into Hindi cinema with the remake of his path breaking Malayalam film Traffic (2011). He had five films under his belt as a director in Malayalam. A director with great potential, he breathed his last on 27th February. His debut Bollywood movie released on 6th May to critical acclaim.

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