While the year 2012 had some most beautiful moments to reckon with, it also had its share of its tragic events.
The film fraternity lost its iconic & significant personas. As we bid an adieu to 2012, let's take a look back at the names who took to their heavenly abode this year.
Yash Chopra: The King of Romance is no more. He died this October at a Mumbai hospital after spending a week in hospital coping with dengue fever. He was 80 when the end came.
Chopra, who was born on Sept 27,1932, had announced his retirement from directing this year on his 80th birthday. His last directorial venture was SRK-starrer JAB TAK HAI JAAN. Chopra had made his directorial debut with 'DHOOL KA PHOOL in 1959, a melodrama about illegitimacy and followed it with the hard-hitting social drama DHARMPUTRA (1961).
Chopra has charmed Indian audience with films like DAAG, JOSHILA, SILSILA, DIL TO PAGAL HAI, VEER-ZAARA.
Rajesh Khanna: India's first Bollywood superstar, Rajesh Khanna, whose popularity touched the sky in the early 1970s after he scripted a history of unbroken hits for years, died in July this year at the age of 69.
Dara Singh: India's iconic wrestler turned actor Dara Singh, who entertained audience with his acting skills and brawn for over nearly five decades and played the Hanuman in epic teleserial 'Ramayanan' died in July. He was 84.
AK Hangal: Veteran Bollywood actor AK Hangal, who had worked in more than 200 films, died in Mumbai this year. He was 95 year old when death came.
Jaspal Bhatti: Actor and political satirist Jaspal Bhatti, who had Indian idiot box viewers in splits during the 1990s with his shows like 'Flop Show' and 'Ulta Pulta', died in October 2012 in a road accident. He was 57.
Achala Sachdev: Actor Achala Sachdev, who was well-known for playing roles of mother and grandmother in Hindi films, died at the age of 91 in Pune after suffering from various ailments.
Ravi Shankar: Indian musician and sitar exponent Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away at age 92 at a San Diego hospital in United States in December, leaving behind countless mourners from every walks of life and a musical legacy that he built over a lifetime of dedication to the plucked string instrument and international collaborations, including the Beatles.
Ashok Mehta: Ace Cinematographer Ashok Mehta passed away on August 15, 2012. Mehta, who was 65 was suffering from lung cancer. Ashok had many prominent films to his credit, including Shekhar Kapoor's BANDIT QUEEN, Shyam Benegal's MANDI and TRIKAAL, Shashi Kapoor's UTSAV, Subhash Ghai's RAM LAKHAN, KHALNAAYAK, M F Hussain's GAJA GAMINI, multi starrer comedy film NO ENTRY, Shah Rukh Khan's CHALTE CHALTE.
OP Dutta: Bollywood lost yet another veteran writer-filmmaker OP Dutta. His claim to fame was his story for the super hit movie BORDER. OP Dutta died of pneumonia on Thursday, February 9 2012.
Raj Kanwar: The popular producer Raj Kanwar who was instrumental in launching the biggies of Bollywood like Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan to name a few. He breathed his last on February 3, 2012 in Singapore. He was suffering from a kidney ailment due to diabetes.
Bobby Singh: Bollywood's popular Cinematographer Bobby Singh, who has to his credit films like JANNAT 2, GANGSTER, WHO LAMHE, THE DIRTY PICTURE LIFE IN A METRO and latest SPECIAL CHABBIS, suffered an asthma attack due to an allergic reaction caused by eating crabs. He died at the age of 38.