Rajesh Khanna’s death yesterday came as a shock to millions of his fans. Celebs are dying in quick succession in India
Perhaps never before India, or sub-continent, has lost its film personalities and other celebrities in such a quick succession as in the last few months.
Bollywood stars Devanand and Rajesh Khanna, wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh, lyricist Anwar Farrukhabadi, ghazal singers Jagjit Singh and Mehdi Hasan––though of Pakistan, but equally famous in India, the country of his birth––and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, all died within a short span of few months. Though Pataudi was a cricketer and not a film star, he too was connected with the world of cinema. His wife, Sharmila Tagore, was a great heroine of the past, who had the distinction of working with Rajesh Khanna.
When Rajesh Khanna was breathing his last Shatrughan Sinha was undergoing bypass surgery in another hospital in Mumbai on the same day, July 18. Another star Amitabh Bachchan was in the news sometimes back for poor health.
Almost all these personalities excelled in the decades of 1960s, 1970s and to some extent 1980s. The period is known as the golden era of Indian films and songs.
What is more strange is that most of those who died in the recent months had their roots in Punjab. Devanand was born in Gurdaspur. Both Rajesh Khanna and Dara Singh, who died just six days before on July 12, 2012, were born in Amritsar.
On the other hand Ropar in Punjab is the birth place of Jagjit Singh.
What is even more interesting is that most of them died during monsoon––otherwise the season of creativeness––either this year or last year. If Rajesh Khanna and Dara Singh passed into history in July 2012, Anwar Farrukhabadi, as mentioned earlier, left for heavenly abode in late June last year and Nawab Pataudi expired on September 20, 2011. Jagjit Singh died at the fag end of monsoon, that is on Oct 10, 2011.
Besides the above named, some other men and women of world of entertainment have reached fairly old age. This includes Yusuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar.
It is extremely difficult for the country to find replacement for all of them as the whole character of Indian film has undergone a big change. The melody is missing more and more.