Artists are fortunate to live even after they pass away. Their loved ones and admirers can catch glimpses of them through their work. Their work keeps them alive and they are immortal.

Some actors and creative minds passed away while making their work of art. Bollywood lost many gems throughout the years and here are a few artists who passed away and weren’t able to see how their last works turned out to be.

1. Smita Patil

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The beautiful and talented Smita Patil passed away in 1986. There were 10 movies that released after her death that included Waaris, Akarshan, Sutradhar, etc.

2. Amjad Khan

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The actor who played Gabbar Singh passed away in 1992 and there were movies that released including Rudaali, Do Fantoosh, Aatnak, Sautela Bhai. Two movies didn’t see a release.

3. Meena Kumari

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Meena Kumari passed away after being ill weeks before Paakeezah released. ‘Gomti Ke Kinare’ also released in the same year, it was the last time that Kumari was seen on screen.

4. Divya Bharti

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She passed away in 1993 when 5 of her films released. Her death was untimely, she was shooting for Laadla where she was replaced by Sridevi.

5. Amrish Puri

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The legend passed away a few days before Vivek Oberoi’s ‘Kisna’ released in 2005. He was shooting for ‘Kachchi Sadak’ during his last days. Mission: The Last War and Purab Ki Laila Paschim Ka Chaila: Hello India were released in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

6. Yash Chopra

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‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ was the legend’s last film but he passed away before the release of the film.

7. Madhubala


The diva had stopped working during the 1960’s because of her health issues. However, two years after her death, her last movie ‘Jwala’ where she was paired opposite Sunil Dutt was released.

8. Shammi Kapoor

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Shammi Kapoor passed away in 2011, months before Ranbir Kapoor starrer ‘Rockstar’ released.

9. Sanjeev Kumar

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Sanjeev Kumar passed away in 1985 and there were more than 10 films released after his death. In fact, in ‘Professor Ki Padosan’ his character was made invisible for 1/4th of the film to ensure the completion of the movie.

10. Balraj Sahni

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An extremely talented actor Balraj Sahni was seen in many movies including Pyaar Ka Rishta, Hindustan Ki Kasam, Hanste Zakhm, Jallian Wala Bagh, Amaanat and Garam Hawa. He was a part of India’s official entry to Academy Award’s Foreign Film, Garam Hawa.

11. Farooq Sheikh


Two of Farooq Sheikh’s films were released that included Youngistan and Children Of War. One of the films still remains unreleased that co-stars Radhika Shah and Sunil Saha.

12. Rajesh Khanna

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The beloved actor passed away in 2012. One movie named ‘Jaanleva Black Hood’ didn’t release and one movie named ‘Riyasat’ was released after two years of his death.

Bollywood’s brightest stars are in heaven.