and 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'. Wrestler-actor Dara Singh, the beloved Hanuman of 'Mahabharat', lost his battle with illness at the age of 84.
An undisputed champion in the wrestling ring, Singh was probably the only wrestler to make a successful transition into acting. The actor did memorable roles both on the big and small screen.
A K Hangal, who portrayed the roles of a beloved uncle, father, grandfather and a doting servant in Hindi cinema, died at the age of 98. He played memorable roles in films like 'Sholay', 'Shaukeen', 'Namak Haram', 'Aaina', 'Avtaar', 'Arjun', 'Aandhi', 'Kora Kagaz', 'Bawarchi', 'Chitchor', 'Guddi', 'Abhimaan', 'Anamika' and 'Parichay'.
Filmmaker Raj Kanwar, who directed movies like 'Laadla', 'Deewana', 'Andaaz', 'Judaai' and 'Jaan, passed away in February following kidney failure.
Actor Joy Mukherjee, the star of films like 'Love in Shimla', 'Ek Musafir Ek Hasina' and 'Shagird', died at the age of 73 due to respiratory problems.
Director B R Ishara also passed away this year. The 77-year-old director introduced many talented faces to cinema through his unconventional films like 'Chetna' and 'Ek Nazar'. He was apparently suffering from tuberculosis. Ishara also wrote and directed films like 'Hum Do Hamare Do' and 'Zaroorat' in the 70s.
Cinematographer Ashok Mehta who shot 'Bandit Queen' lost his battle with lung cancer.
Malayalam actor Thilakan died at the age of 74 following a heart attack.
The entertainment world lost one of its most talented comedians Jaspal Bhatti in a tragic traffic accident. The 57-year-old actor and two others were travelling to Jalandhar from Bathinda for the promotion of his new film 'Power Cut' when the car hit a tree on the roadside on October 25.
Bhatti was behind hits like 'Flop Show' and 'Ulta Pulta' during the golden days of Doordarshan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The shows highlighted the problems faced by the common man in a lighthearted way. He also played memorable roles in films.