Theatre-film actor Ashraf-Ul-Haque, best known for his roles in 'Fukrey' and 'Traffic Signal', died on February 18 at the age of 45.
The Assam-born actor started his career with theatres and worked with renowned playwrights including Ram Gopal Bajaj before trying his luck in Bollywood.
An NSD graduate, he played many important character roles in movies like 'Company', 'Jungle', 'Ravan', 'Deewar', 'Black Friday' and many others.

Veteran TV and film actress and small screen's favourite 'baa', Sudha Shivpuri breathed her last on May 6 this year. She was 77. Sudha became popular as 'Baa' from 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.'
Apart from Ekta Kapoor's 'Kyunki...' where she played the family matriarch, the actor was seen in several TV soaps including 'Rishtey', 'Sarhadein' and 'Bandhan'.

Another TV personality Sanjit Bedi passed away in June. Sanjit, better known as Dr Omi from the popular show 'Sanjeevani'. He was part of many shows including 'Jaane Kya Baat Huyi', 'Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasman', 'Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka', 'Kasautii Zindagii Kay' among others.

Well known face of television, Mohan Bhandari died on September 24 after a long battle with brain tumour. Mohan left his banker's job over two decades back to pursue his interest in acting.

Another music personality, whose death left the industry shaken was music director-singer Aadesh Shrivastava. The composer, who was battling a relapsed cancer, passed away on September 5 at the age of 51.

Veteran music director-singer-lyricist Ravindra Jain passed away at the age of 71 on October 9 due to multiple organ failure.

Jain become one of the most successful composers with films like 'Chor Machaye Shor', 'Geet Gaata Chal', 'Chitchor' and 'Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se', in the 70s to his credit. During the 1980s and 1990s, he widely composed music for many mythological movies and television serials.

Jaffrey, who gave sterling performances in over 100 Bollywood movies including classics like 'Shatranj Ke Khilari' and 'Masoom' besides leaving his mark in Hollywood and British films, died in London on November 16. He was 86.
Born in Maler Kotla, Punjab in 1929, Jaffrey began his career as a theater artist. He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and did a second post-graduate degree in drama from The Catholic University of America.


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