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Indian Celebrities Who Couldn't Stand the Pressure of Life

Anupam, a poet at heart, a passionate learner,& a language trainer is devoted to each and every art. Loves to explore various poetry forms.

List of a Few Indian Celebrities Who Couldn't Take the Pressure of Life

Though they looked so strong on screen, struggled a lot in their past to live their life of dreams, yet they couldn't stand firm against the pressures of their lives. They were so disheartened that they took their lives.

  • Divya Bharati
  • Sushant Singh Rajput
  • Jiah Khan
  • Guru Dutt
  • Pratyusha Banerzee
  • Kushal Punjabi
  • Kuljeet Randhawa
  • VG Siddhartha

The Gorgeous with Big Bright Eyes


Divya Bharati (25 February 1974 – 5 April 1993)

A sweet gorgeous girl from Bombay (Present Mumbai) who married her producer Sajid Nadiawala and died just one year after marrying him.

I remember her from the movie "Dil Ka Kya Kasoor" (What's the fault of the heart) in which she falls in love with a batch mate of hers but never reveals her feelings to him. On the other hand he hated her considering her as a rich spoilt brat. The love story of this movie was so intriguing that as a child I prayed throughout the movie for this innocent looking girl with big bright eyes. I wanted her to get response from her love for whom she had devoted her life. Though the story ended with the death of this girl and the one to whom she loved more than her life recognized her devotion on her death bed.

Then the other movie "Deewana" which has taken the heart of many youngsters in 90s. I was in my secondary school that time but I loved this brilliant girl with such an appealing eyes. The songs of the movie is close to every loving heart.

There were many other hits given by her like: Vishwatma, Radha Ka Sanam, Shola aur Shabnam, Geet, Dil Aashna Hai, Rang etc. You can search the movies with their name and find out what sort of stories they were, the ones which directly hit the hearts and the acting of Divya Bharati was outstanding in each of them. Indian Bollywood movies were known more for emotional drama till late 90s.

When this news appeared in the newspapers revealing that she fell from the balcony of her flat on the fifth floor of a the building, the whole nation was shocked. It was estimated that she must have been murdered by her rival actress who were jealous of her success and were not getting any favorable role just because of her. A few also blamed her producer husband as they had regular fights in their troubled marriage. Some accepted it as a planned murder, some as accident while the reports suggested that it was a suicide. She was very depressed and broken. She had drunk a lot that day and jumped from her balcony.

Such a gorgeous figure was lost in the world of glory. May her soul rest in peace.

The One Who Wrote His Own Destiny


(Sushant Singh Rajput (21 January 1986 – 14 June 2020)

When the news of his death broke on the the media, the whole nation started to mourn. The reason was that Sushant was an example for everyone who had a dream. Sushant was from a small town, Patna (though that's not a small town but the capital of Bihar, but the people of the cosmopolitan cities consider it as a small town only).

He was the seventh rank holder in Engineering entrance exam and received an Olympiad gold medal in Physics. He started to learn dancing from Shiamak dawar's dance class in New Delhi. And then started taking acting lessons from Barry John's drama classes. There he found his new passion in acting and started with a TV daily soap opera "Pavitra Rishta", which made him popular in every household.

Gradually he moved to Bollywood industry and with his hard work and dedication he was widely known in Bollywood as well. He was indeed an excellent actor. He was extremely popular with the biopic made on the life story of the India's Cricket Team Captain "M S Dhoni". Then in PK movie we loved him for the short role with the song "Char Kadam" (Without asking my name or address, leaving the rituals and culture, please give me your company just for four steps). This song has literally made him a sensational youngster.

Recently I watched his movie "Chhichhore", which is purely based on the pressure of the students that they have in the competitive world. In the movie his son jumps from the terrace just because he couldn't compete in the entrance examination of engineering while his both the parents were rank holders. The whole movie is about, how the father brings back the willingness of his son to come out of his death bed and see the beauty of life as well as the struggles. He emphasizes on the fact that it's okay to be a loser or failure

The actor who played such roles and did struggle so much to live his dream, was engrossed into depression and became a prey to that.

"I found the experience liberating. I realized that I could communicate with the audience. I knew I wanted to do this forever." This is the words of Sushant after he left engineering and devoted his whole time and energy to his passion of acting. But today when I read this, dramatically I feel these are the words that he has left with his untimely forceful death.

Sensuous Beauty


Jiah Khan (20 February 1988 – 3 June 2013)

She was a British-American actress who worked in Hindi films and was known for her bold roles.

I remember her from the movie "Nishabd" (Speechless) in which she was seen with Amitabh Bachhan. It was again a kind of thrilling love story in which a man falls in love with a friend of his daughter. Apart from that she worked in few more movies and started to be in a live-in relationship.

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Whatever problems she might be facing, she had so many people to listen to her including her mother and sister. But she chose to end her life giving an end to each of her problems hanging her body with a ceiling fan.

Such a bold actress she was, not just physically with her elegant smile and sensuous body but also in the way she used to face the situation of her life so boldly. Her mother never agreed with this suicide theory and she was very sure that her daughter can never take such a step on her own. She believed it as a planned murder and arranged many evidences proving her statement right.


Guru Dutt (9 July 1925 – 10 October 1964)

Guru Dutt was an Indian film director, producer and actor. His talent of both acting and directing can be seen in the movies that he worked. He devoted all his love, money and property for his movies but unfortunately, he couldn't succeed well. Out of almost twenty movies only a few did well at the box office and that devastated him.

He mixed alcohol with sleeping pills just to get an end to all his traumas. Though all his work even today is enough to show how passionately he had done his job.

What step he had chosen, I wish no one ever take such a step to run away from the failures.

Balika Vadhu: Daily Soap Winner


Pratyusha Banerjee (10 August 1991– 1 April 2016)

My mother used to watch "Balika Vadhu" without failure at 8 pm on every week days. Balika Vadhu was a story of a little girl who was married when she was just 9 years old. How that little girl struggled in her own family to get educated and be a doctor and the teacher of the village was such an inspiring story.

Pratyusha looked so gorgeous and bold in her traditional Indian attire. She became an inspiration for so many village girls who had so many dreams but they couldn't do anything for that or even speak for their rights. The ones who knew her from her debut serial were shocked to hear that she hanged herself. They couldn't believe this news.

It was found that her parents had taken a huge loan and she was unable to pay that. Also she had troubles with her boyfriend with whom she was in a live-in relationship.

Whatever her trouble might be, she didn't show the same boldness in her real life that she had presented in her reel life.


Kushal Punjabi (23 April 1977 – 26 December 2019)

Kushal too was suffering from depression. He had a flat in Pali Hill, Mumbai which is known to be one the poshest area of Mumbai. Unfortunately, that richness is not sufficient enough for anyone to love one's life.

Though he worked in numerous movies and tv soap he couldn't achieve that sort of recognition what he had dreamed for. His friend Chetan Hansraj (another actor) said these words to Times of India after his death, “He was such a positive, fun loving guy. He always laughed and had a smiling face. He was a fighter and always inspired people around him to be fit. We have known each other for the last 20 years and we have grown up together. He was more like a brother to me. The loss is irreparable.” His other friends too considered him as an inspiration and happy go lucky boy.

He startled everyone by hanging at his flat with depression. He had some relationship issues that he couldn't handle and gave up.

Is it possible to lose hope when you fail at one step when you have succeeded at so many occasions? Why do people consider the success as the result of their passion and devotion and look at failure as a result of their shortcomings?

So many people strive to make the world of their dreams real. They only get successful who really work for that passionately and devotedly with firm faith on them. But somehow if they fail even after so much effort, does that mean that they should get an end there? Isn't there any need to start again?

Kuljeet Randhawa (29th January 1976 – 8 February 2006)

Shockingly I found Kuljeet Randhava as a bachelor of psychology after I learned about her death. I was personally attached with her through her character in a detective series 'Special Squad'. Though she was much more famous for her debut series C.A.T.S.

Kuljeet is known to be the only actress who played six different bold detective roles on different tv channels. She was a very famous model but choosy about her roles as she never wanted such roles in which a lady is shown to gain the sympathy from the audience with her household problems. She was more interested in her roles in which she could show her boldness and strength as a lady. That's the reason she was more comfortable with the roles of detectives or cops.

'Special Squad' is so close to me as I used to watch each and every episode of that along with my husband. We both loved this show and the role of each character. So it was a kind of personal loss when we heard about this incident. She hanged herself with a two-page suicide note that she was unable to cope up with life's pressures. What pressure? She had such a loving boyfriend to whom she had addressed her suicide letter in red ink. She had such a loving parents and also so many good friends.

Her friend Nafisa Joseph (28 March 1978 – 29 July 2004), a model and actress who had won the tag of Miss India in the year 1997, too had hanged herself two years back as her marriage was called off. Randhawa had visited her place two weeks before hanging herself.

Such bold beautiful ladies, who indeed were a sort of inspiration for many.

Did they really lose their battle with life or society? They had wealth, popularity, amazing beauty with intelligence, support from so many people around them and were living the life on their own terms and conditions. Weren't they enough for their life? Expectations never end. It's true. But why to have expectations from others especially the strangers rather we can adapt ourselves as per the need.

I am sorry for them as they couldn't get this simple thing that how worthy their lives were for their loved and dear ones.


V G Siddhartha (1959 – July 2019)

Sidhhartha was a well established businessman who got his fame from his cafe chain "Cafe Coffee Day".

I had cried bitterly after I read the suicide note published by a few newspapers in which he considered himself as a "Failed entrepreneur". Why a failed entrepreneur? He was a genius economist and never wanted to come in the limelight though got so many accolades for his business skills. In his suicide letter he is seen to be too emotional and devastated with the financial pressures he was facing at his end.

The world really isn't that what we believe it to be. Here everything indeed is just a sort of illusion. Whether love, truth, honesty, property, prosperity or life itself, every thing is just a mirage, after which each of us run, to find nothing at the end.

The police investigation report proved that he died of drowning which was believed to be his suicidal attempt.

It's strange that dreamers want to reach to the zenith of success hill in no time but when someone at the top falls to the bottom they feel it's the end. Can't the same person try again when he has fallen from the top? And what's so specific about being top? Aren't they humans or living a life of dignity who neither have property nor popularity?

© 2020 Anupam Mitu


Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 06, 2020:

You are right Greeney.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 06, 2020:

It's always sad to read about people who have died in such a manner. One never knows how much someone is suffering.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 22, 2020:

Thank you so much. It means a lot to hear from you.

Take care

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 18, 2020:

Excellent compilation. A thought provoking write up. Thanks.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 17, 2020:

You are right dear Denise. People have never-ending demands from celebrities. The people cannot be changed, so the ones who have achieved such position must strengthen themselves and accept the reality rather than stressing or stretching themselves.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 17, 2020:

This is so sad. Depression is a terrible thing. I think we put too much pressure on celebrities to be perfect all the time. And they just can't be. They are human like the rest of us.



Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 12, 2020:

Thank you so much William

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 12, 2020:

Interesting article, Anupam. thanks for sharing.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 09, 2020:

Wow Lorna! What an understanding dear, and how nicely you have put the words. You are a great person. I really feel lucky to be in touch with people like you all. It really feels nice to find you reading my article

May God bless everyone.

Lots of love and blessings dear.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 09, 2020:

You are true dear Manuela. But not only the celebrities, we all do have our set of problems, everyone has got some or the other hurdles, but once we learn to move ahead being brave and strong, it doesn't matter whether we are rich or poor, or we are such popular one or someone unknown.

God bless you

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 09, 2020:

Yes, Ruby dear, fame and fortune is indeed not enough for the ones who don't know what contentment is.

I too have learnt this great lesson, once you are contented with what you are and what you have, no championship matters to you.

God bless you dear

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 09, 2020:

Thank you so much dear Shawindi Silva for such positive words of yours.

God bless you dear

Lots of love and blessings.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 09, 2020:

Thank you so much MG Singh. It's nice to hear from you. I really loved your style of narration.

Yes, these celebrities, who were known to be ideal in reel life couldn't get any help who could have saved them from taking such a step.

Lorna Lamon on July 09, 2020:

I was so saddened by this article Anupam and I know that mental health issues exist among many talented and wealthy people. Being in the public eye and famous takes a toll on their inner spirit.

In trying to live up to the expectations of others, they sadly lose themselves. They find it difficult to trust and even more difficult to find genuine friends. True friends would encourage them to seek help simply because they care.

Your article highlights the fact that being wealthy or famous does not protect you from your own demons. An excellent write.

Manuela from Portugal on July 09, 2020:

They all seemed to have such a wonderful life but we never know what runs inside them and the struggles they have.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 06, 2020:

What a shame that the very talented people could not be happy. This is a sad reminder that fame and fortune is not enough. Happiness comes from within.

Shawindi Silva from Sri lanka on July 05, 2020:

Actually sometimes I felt the same but I think I understood what is life. I have my own dream and I'm ready to do anything to make it come true. When most of the people say that it's not possible or they say that I'm just dreaming. Those times I felt like giving up. But now I know that it's the best way is to show them that nothing's impossible and show them how much strong I am.

I think you are a great writer. Your articles are so valuable for all of the people in this world. Great job!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 05, 2020:

Very topical article and very informative as well . It is sad so many wasted their life by taking it away, wish somebody could advice them

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 05, 2020:

Flourish, it's really sad that we lost so many young talented actors. But this list is just a few ones that I have taken of the ones who really ended their life. There are many more living such sort of life in which they ignore the things that they have achieved and cry for the things that's not in their control.

Being a teacher I find many colleagues, parents, students and other friends who curse their life because they cannot change a particular situation or person around them. I try my level best to let them understand that there is always two sides of anything. Then why to get troubled looking at the negative aspect.

Lots of love and blessings dear

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 05, 2020:

Thank you so much John.

You are right dear. We do understand that how much they are pressurized by millions of people and the situations they are dealing with.They too need some close companion with whom they can be just the real self, not the virtual fake faces that they show on screen.

What I have observed, when people get any credit or are blessed with their dream world they forget the common touch, they try to dwell in a new fancy world leaving the old one in which they could feel comfortable and better. I have seen many of the people near me who started from nothing and when they got something, they changed their friend circle.

But John, my motto of this article was just to show that failure can be there at any level. It doesn't matter who we are and what are our possessions. The basic requirement of a healthy life is "Self Love". Once we understand that the life becomes too peaceful and comfortable.

Lots of love and respect John

God bless you

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 05, 2020:

Theblogchick thank you so much for reading this.

Lots of love and blessings

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 05, 2020:

You are right dear Rosina. Actually I have taken these examples for those people who curse their life stating that they don't have beauty, property or any close friends. As those who have everything, they too ignore what they have already achieved.

So it's not about a rich or poor, a successful or failure, a genius or dumb.

Honestly, I too considered myself a dumb. I love to paint but when I made sketches I found that I was nothing among such genius artists I was surrounded with.

You know, for ten years I didn't compose any poems or played with the words. Why? Because I considered my word as powerless comparing them with the great and famous bestsellers. I loved music, I wished to sing but didn't do that as I always felt my voice can never attract anyone.

But Rosina, this belief was insane. And there are millions of people today who live with the same belief that they are worthless. My life and experiences has taught me with various incidences that we really are unique, even being an ordinary person we can live an extraordinary life. Now I paint (doesn't matter how clumsy that looks it gives me a sense of gratification), I write poems (no matter how many mistakes I make and how ordinary I am), I sing whenever I like (just for myself)

Lots of love dear

God bless you

Take care

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on July 05, 2020:

Thank you so much Chatra. Lots of love and blessings

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 05, 2020:

How sad that so many young Indian stars are short circuiting like this. I hope there are well publicized resources available for people in crisis in India to call, text or chat with 24/7. It could prove life-saving.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 05, 2020:

We always tend to associate actors with roles they play but the majority of us are blind to the struggles they a going through in real life.. often they can not deal with the pressures and expectations of being a celebrity. A sad but interesting article, Anupam.

Theblogchick from United States on July 05, 2020:

These stars seem to have had very promising careers. It is so sad that their lives ended way too soon. You give great insight here on fame and the pressures that come with it. Thanks for sharing Anupam.

Rosina S Khan on July 05, 2020:

It is obvious from your article that not only failures end their lives but also famous celebrities who can't take the pressures of life commit suicide. This article makes an awareness that people from all walks of life shouldn't take the easy way out when they are pressurized and depressed in life but take healthy steps such as visiting the psychiatrist and taking it one day at a time. Thank you, Anupam, for your great article.

CHATRA RAM from BARMER INDIA on July 05, 2020:

Very knowledgeble hub

Thanks for share this

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