Classical singer Sushilarani Patel passed away following a heart attack on July 24. She was 96. A Sangeet Natak Academy laureate, she was living alone at her Girnar bungalow residence in Bandra since the death of her husband Baburao Patel in 1982. She was being taken care of by her disciples. She was ailing since sometime. Before her last rites were performed at Shivaji Park crematorium, her body was kept at her home for fans to pay their last respects.
On July 26, veteran film-maker Guru Dutt and playback singer Geeta Dutt’s son Arun Dutt passed away due to organ failure at Ruby Medical Centre in Pune. He was 58. Arun is survived by his wife Kavita, two daughters Gouri and Karuna. Arun had made an action film in 1992 called Khule Aam under his father’s banner, Guru Dutt Movies Pvt. Ltd.
Yesteryear actress Sona, (wife of late Haji Mastan) expired on July 19. She was 65 and is survived by her sister Hansa and elder brother Ajgar Hussain. She was late actress Madhubala’s sister. She complained of suffocation and breathlessness and was rushed to the hospital but breathed her last on the way.