2021 has been a year full of ups and downs for all of us. Several famous personalities left us behind to sorrow, leaving a blank that can’t be filled ever. Although their place can’t be taken, let’s remember those famous legendary personalities and their contributions again.
1. Chief of Defense Staff Bipin Rawat
Who can forget this black incidence of Indian history? In December, he died in a chopper in Tamil Nadu’s Cooner town. Along with CDS Bipin Rawat, his wife and 12 other officers were also killed in the crash. The entire country and political officers mourned the deaths.
2. Puneet Rajkumar
Popularly known as Powerstar and Appu, at the mere age of 46, he passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. On October 29, Puneet Rajkumar breathed one last time before abandoning the world. His fans were heartbroken when they came to know about his uncertain death.
3. Rohit Sardana
Rohit Sardana was a famous Indian anchor, journalist, editor and media personality. He was the famous host of ‘Dangal’ on Aaj Tak. He was also awarded the Ganesh Shankar Vidhyarthi Puraskar in 2018. Due to Covid-19, he passed away at the age of 41 on 30 April 2021.
4. Dilip Kumar
Legendary actor of the 90th century, Mohammed Yousuf Khan popularly recognised as Dilip Kumar, died in July followed by a prolonged illness. With an amazing and successful career of five decades, he was one of the last living superstars of the Golden Era.
5. Kamla Bhasin
A strong feminine activist, poet, and author who has spent most parts of her life fighting for the injustice, patriarchy and discrimination against women, died on 25th September when she was 75 years old. After fighting her own battle against the deadly liver cancer, this year her demise made us sad.
6. Gail Omvedit
An American-born Indian human rights activist and sociologist, Gail Omvedit died at the age of 81. In August, this prolific writer raised her voice on the behalf of the Dalits and was actively involved in anti-caste movements. Gail Omvedit also published numerous books on the anti-caste movements and ignored women’s struggle in India.
7. Desmond Tutu
On 26th December, Desmond Mpilo Tutu, a South African bishop widely known for his work as a human rights and anti-apartheid activist. He was the first black African to hold the prestigious position of Bishop of Johannesburg and Archbishop of Cape Town.
8. Prince Philip
Prince Philip, the husband of honoured Queen Elizabeth, passed away in April 2021. He was known as the consort of the British monarch from 6 February 1952 until his demise in 2021. He was also the largest reigning consort in the entire history of the Royal British family.
9. Joan Didion
An American writer who kick started her career back in the 1960s after grabbing the first position in an essay competition sponsored by Vogue magazine. Her writing style always engaged the audience in the reality of the world and counterculture. Famous for her commendable works like ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ and ‘Slouching Towards Bethlehem’, she died on December 23.
10. Sidharth Shukla
Sidharth Shukla was an Indian actor, popular celebrity, host and model who appeared in Hindi television and films. He had played his best roles in Balika Vadhu, Broken But Beautiful 3 and Dil Se Dil Tak. In 2019, he won Bigg Boss 13. He died on 2 September 2021 after suffering from an uncertain heart attack at the age of 40.