A recent research study shows that Oscar winners live longer than other actors. While success can definitely soothe some of the stresses of everyday life there have also been several instances in the Indian context of renowned film celebrities with tragically short lives.
Smita Patil was only 31 when she passed away on December 13, 1986.
The unexpectedness of the popular actress' death in child birth spawned grief while many also mourned the culling of an actress in her prime.
rediff.com salutes the great actress' memory on her 20th death anniversary.
Like Smita, there were other illustrious stars who passed away heart-rendingly young -- most of these names died in their 30s, and all did not live long enough to see their 50th birthday.
Text: Dinesh Raheja
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