Sometimes you touch the peak of success and sometimes you come crashing down. The heartbreaking stories of Bollywood actors who touched the peak of stardom but spent their last days in poverty are just a reminder of how life is full of highs and lows – here are a few such disheartening stories.
Bollywood Actors Who Tragically Died Pennilessly; Went From Riches To Rags
1. AK Hangal
Famous actor AK Hangal, who has been part of many popular movies like Sholay, and Bawarchi, had a successful career spanning decades. AK Hangal has been a legend. Unfortunately, despite these achievements, he was penniless in his old age. Sadly, he died in 2012. He was so poor that he was unable to pay his medical bills.
One of the highest-paid silent movie stars of Indian cinema, Sulochna’s real name was Ruby Myers. As per various reports, she was earning even more than the Governor of Bombay. But, with time, work reduced and she went bankrupt. In 1983, she died poor; being unable to even pay rent.
3. Achala Sachdev
After working in almost 120 movies from the 40s to the 90s, Achala Sachdev was part of many popular movies like Mera Naam Joker and DDLJ. As per various reports, when she died in 2012, she was blind, paralyzed, and penniless.
4. Meena Kumari
Known as The Tragedy Queen, Meena Kumari is remembered as one of the finest Bollywood actors of all time. She ruled so many hearts with her heart-touching performances. But, sadly, she suffered from so many disorders depression, insomnia, alcoholism, and others. When she died, she was in so much debt that she couldn’t even pay her bills.
5. Bharat Bhushan
Best known for his role in Baiju Bawra, Bharat Bhushan even starred opposite leading ladies like Madhubala and Nutan. At one time, he was one of the highest-paid actors. But, unfortunately, he suffered massive losses after starting a production house with his brother. He was in so much debt that he was never able to recover. In 1992, he died bankrupt and penniless.
With BR Chopra’s Humraaz, Vimmi turned into a nationwide celebrity. She did many movies but sadly most of them ended up being disasters at the box office. With time, the industry stopped offering her roles. At the same time, her textile business failed and she fell into depression and alcoholism. At just the age of 34, she died of liver disease. As per reports, she died in so much poverty that her body was taken on a chaiwallah’s thela for cremation.
It is so heartbreaking how these celebrities lost everything and had such a tragic end.