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From small screen to big screen: Actors who passed away during COVID-19 lockdown

Pratiba Raman

From small screen to big screen: Actors who passed away during COVID-19 lockdown

<p><strong>Irfan Khan: </strong>The biggest name in Indian cinema that sent shockwaves when news of his demise during lockdown amidst coronavirus broke is Irrfan Khan. The actor, who has worked on quite a number of films, will be remembered for his roles in Life of Pie, Slum Dog Millionaire, Hindi Medium, Paan Singh Tomar and others. On April 29, he lost his battle to neuroendocrine cancer. <br />  </p>

<p><strong>Rishi Kapoor: </strong>A day after Irfan Khan's demise, another legendary actor Rishi Kapoor breathed his last. The actor, who was diagnosed with leukaemia, lost his battle and died on April 30. The actor debuted in Mera Naam Joker as a child artist in 1970 and later in Bobby. He was considered a heartthrob of the 1980s.<br />  </p>

<p><strong>Wajid Khan:</strong> The music composer died on May 31 and he became the first victim of novel coronavirus in the Indian film industry.Wajid had recently undergone kidney transplant and was under treatment. Despite lockdown and treatment, he worked and helped his mentor Salman Khan with special music videos like Pyar Karona and Bhai Bhai during lockdown. His condition turned serious and he was diagnosed with COVID-19. The artist was then put on a ventilator and died.He, along with brother Sajid, debuted with Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and the pair went on to compose music for movies like Dabangg, Wanted and others. </p>

<p><strong>Preksha Mehta:</strong>The TV serial actress of Crime Patrol fame Preksha Mehta died after she committed suicide on May 27. In her suicide note that she left behind, the 25-year-old actress had said she was depressed due to lack of work as lockdown was in force. <br />  </p>

Dr Sethumaran: A dermatologist by profession, Dr Sethumaran, made his debut in Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya in 2013. The actor died due to cardiac arrest on March 26. 

<p><strong>Mebina Michael: </strong>Kannada TV actress and model Mebina Michael died in a car crash near Bellur cross on May 27 near Coorg. The winner of Kannada reality show, was just 23 years of age when she died. She had also landed a role in Tamil film. </p>

<p><strong>Mohit Bhagel: </strong>The comedian, who shared screen space with super star Salman Khan in Ready, died due to cancer on May 23. Actor Salman Khan, who is with his family at Panvel farm house, was left dejected after hearing the news of Moohit Bhagel's death.</p>

From Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor to Wajid Khan, here is a list of Indian celebrities, who breathed their last during COVID-19 lockdown.


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