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Bollywood actor Farooq Shaikh dies at 65

Indian actor Farooq Shaikh, the plump, unlikely hero of scores of Bollywood films, has died. He was 65.

Press Trust of India reported that Shaikh suffered a heart attack Friday in Dubai, where he was visiting with his family.

Shaikh’s film career began on a high note with the 1973 new wave film Garm Hawa, about the 1947 partition of the subcontinent at the end of British rule. His performance earned him a key role in director Satyajit Ray’s The Chess Players, about the decadence of India’s feudal classes. READ FULL STORY

Bollywood actress Jiah Khan found dead

Bollywood actress Jiah Khan has been found dead at her home in Mumbai, police said Tuesday.

A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the body of the 25-year-old actress was found in her apartment in Mumbai’s Juhu neighborhood late Monday.

Khan, whose real name was Nafisa Khan, was born in New York and grew up in London before moving to Mumbai.

Khan began her career in Mumbai’s film industry in the 2007 Hindi film Nishabd, in which she portrayed a teenager in love with her best friend’s father, played by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

In her brief career she performed with other top Bollywood stars, including Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar.

Khan last appeared in the 2010 comedy Housefull, in which she played a supporting role.

Bollywood icon Rajesh Khanna dead at 69

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Rajesh Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood’s first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. His wife, actress Dimple Kapadia, and two daughters were at his bedside when he died at his home in Mumbai, said his son-in-law, actor Akshay Kumar.

Khanna began his career in the mid-1960s in romantic films that were hugely popular. He played the lead role in some 120 of the 170 movies in which he appeared and won scores of awards. His enormous success was a new phenomenon in India. Screaming fans surrounded him whenever he appeared in public. Women married his photograph and wrote him letters in their blood proposing marriage. READ FULL STORY

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