Irrfan Khan’s sudden demise at the age of the 54 years and with a lot more to offer to Indian Cinema and World Cinema, as an actor, we got to think who all else died so young with similar potential but ended their lives tragically due to failures or financial problems, bad habits. So, here are the actors who died young and let’s all remember them to give their work recognition and rest to their souls.
Note: For this list purpose, we don’t want to stress their age or date of birth. This is about remembering them rather than just trying to figure out how young they were when they died. Hope you understand.
Here are 23 South Indian Telugu Actors who died Young
Savitri died too early for the liking of Telugu people and every film lover. She worked in more than 200 films in Telugu and Tamil languages from 1953 till her death. Her legacy carries on as the gravity of her work is mind-boggling and her talent keeps inspiring us. Mayabazaar, Missamma and many more films stand as a reference for her natural talent.
After Savithri, if we all mourn the loss of an actress dearly, then it is Soundarya. She started her career in Telugu with Rajendrudu Gajendrudu in the ’90s and by 2002, she became one of the most popular actresses in South Indian Cinema. But she had past her prime by the time. She was looking to make a comeback and she went to support political interests of her father. In a helicopter crash, she died too early when she was in plans to make a strong comeback.
She died in her teens in Mumbai. She became a huge sensation in early 90’s with her films in Hindi, Telugu. The way she died is still a mystery and many conspiracy theories are still going around. But her beauty and her acting skills will always be remembered forever.
Balachander created a very bold character who doesn’t care about rules and rebels in the 1970’s. The character is played by Jayalakshmi, in Anthuleni Katha and even though Jayapradha earned a lot of praise for her acting skills in the film, Jayalakshmi earned a name as Fatafat Jayalakshmi as her character uses the word, “Fatafat” as her catchphrase. Unfortunately, she was found dead in her room.
Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati from a small town near Eluru and Vijayawada road became Silk Smitha in films. She amazed with her dancing abilities and got the name of ultimate seductress on screen in no time. Her life is full of ups and downs as many men tried to use her fame, money and beauty. Many say she died due to financial problems but conspiracy theories around her death are still unsolved.
Most tragic memory of many youths from 2000’s generation is watching Uday Kiran rise to the top of the curve of popularity and then being unable to handle the downward spiral. May be lack of people who could counsel him about how to change with change in times or maybe the burden of his disappoints, he committed suicide leaving behind a loving wife.
Shobha was an actress on the rise in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Cinematographer and Director, Balu Mahendra loved her to the bits and no one knows a clear story about her death. Some say she committed suicide and some say she died due to alcohol overdose. Her film with Rajnikanth Mullum Malarum, is still remembered and revered in Tamil.
People who regularly watch Amrutham can see this girl as the lover of Sarvam, Uma Devi towards the end of the show. She became so popular in a few years on TV that many producers decided to rope her in films too. She played the lead role in Ashta Chemma, the debut of Nani, Avasarala Srinivas. She committed suicide with her lover in a hotel room. Doctors could save him but she passed away, unfortunately.
Ullasamga Ustahamga movie hero and also producer, Yasho Sagar died in a car crash. He did not leave a long-lasting legacy but his movie will be remembered for its pure entertainment value by many.
The most tragic death of all is hers. Her mother is still trying to find out the truth and many say there are powerful people involved who covered up for their children. Her mother claims that she was raped before her death. But police have closed the case by saying that she and her lover drank poison to commit suicide. Her lover is alive today.
Ammayilu Abbayilu actor Vijay tried to achieve success as a comedian in Telugu film Industry. But his talent never got noticed beyond a point. But he died due to his personal differences with his wife and her family than any disappointment regarding his career.
Aarthi Agarwal’s a tragic story. She rose to fame, fell in love, broke up with her partner, drank poison to die, later got married and took divorce as she couldn’t adjust with her husband. Decided to make a comeback as an actress but died on hospital table as she decided to go for a liposuction procedure to reduce her weight. Do we have to say more?!
Sri Hari developed liver related issues and he recovered from them by talking rest for over a year. He returned back to work and while doing a Hindi film, he died due to severe pain in his liver as he couldn’t be shifted to a medical facility from the shooting spot in time. No one can forget his roles in 90’s films as a comedian, villain and character actor. As a hero too, he made the fit body a trend.
Raghuvaran just like Irrfan Khan had a very unique style in acting as his body language was different to any established acting norms. He could hold your breathe in a villainous act while making you feel sad for him as a father, brother and a good guy. He died due to cardiac arrest at an early age.
Post Ishtam film, many thought Charan Reddy will continue acting but he decided to stay away from it. He died early due to cancer and left behind a wife and a daughter.
Achyuth struggled hard from early ’90s to become a successful actor in Film Business. As he started to become a prominent figure, he died due to cardiac arrest. His acting in various television serials and Pawan Kalyan’s Thammudu film will be remembered forever.
The comedian Venu Madhav faced a lot of health issues before his death. Many rumours have surfaced that he was dead and he cried in front of media begging to stop them. After earning a lot of name for his ability to do stand-up, mimicry and act in different roles in films, he left everyone too soon.
KV Chalam left behind his daughters and wife in disarray when he died all of sudden. He earned a good name for his comic and villainous acts on screen in 1970’s and early 1980’s. The cause of death in his case is still debated.
Tamil actress committed suicide at a very a early age due to some issues with his family. Tamil film historians opine that she could have offered much more to the screen hadn’t she committed suicide.
She was another Tamil actor who committed suicide in her teens. Why she did so? Not many sources will give you authentic and full information. She killed herself by hanging to the ceiling fan.
Simran’s look-a-like and her younger sister, Monal committed suicide after a failed love affair accused her sister. Apparently, she was in love with choreographer Prasanna and as he broke up with her, she died unable to cope up with it.
At the age of 18, she committed suicide. Yes, she died in her teens unable to handle rejection from her lover, drop-in opportunities and bad knee surgery.
Kadhalar Dinam/ Premikula Roju actor could take failures in career but couldn’t handle love failure and committed suicide.
From all these celebrities lives expect from one or two unfortunates in the health department, you can learn that it is hard to fight and accept failure, but when you do, you have a new beginning always waiting for you!