Dangal actor Suhani Bhatnagar, who played young Babita Phogat, dies at 19

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Suhani Bhatnagar Dies at 19
Suhani Bhatnagar Dies at 19

Suhani Bhatnagar, renowned for her portrayal of young Babita Phogat in Aamir Khan’s acclaimed movie “Dangal,” tragically passed away on Saturday morning at the tender age of 19. The exact cause of her demise remains undisclosed. Hailing from sector 17 in Faridabad, she will be laid to rest at the Ajronda crematorium in Sector 15, Faridabad.

Known for her active presence on Instagram, Suhani frequently shared glimpses of her life. However, her online activity ceased after her last post in November 2021, featuring sun-kissed selfies captioned simply with “November??” Fans and followers have been encouraged to reminisce about her presence on social media platforms.

During the promotional phase of “Dangal,” Suhani shared numerous snapshots on her Instagram handle. One such picture captured her alongside director Nitesh Tiwari and co-stars Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh, humorously captioned as “Geeta babita Jr.babita and the director.”

In another post, Suhani shared an in-flight moment alongside Aamir Khan and Shankar Mahadevan, accompanied by the film’s cast and crew. These snippets provide a glimpse into her vibrant experiences during the movie’s promotional activities.

A throwback picture surfaced featuring Suhani and co-star Zaira Wasim, both beaming with joy, alongside Aamir Khan during the film’s promotional events. The camaraderie between the young actors and Khan was evident, reflecting the warmth and camaraderie shared within the “Dangal” family.

Following her impactful role in “Dangal,” Suhani opted to take a hiatus from acting to focus on her education. The film, a 2016 biographical sports drama directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by Aamir Khan Productions, centered on the inspiring journey of Mahavir Singh Phogat, played by Aamir Khan, as he trained his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become India’s first world-class female wrestlers. Suhani’s portrayal of young Babita Kumar Phogat contributed significantly to the film’s success and resonated with audiences worldwide.

However, tragedy struck as news surfaced on February 16 of Suhani’s untimely demise in Delhi. Reports suggest complications arising from medication administered for a leg fracture may have contributed to her passing. Aamir Khan’s production house confirmed her death through an Instagram post, expressing profound sorrow and extending heartfelt condolences to Suhani’s mother, Poojaji, and the bereaved family. The tribute described Suhani as a talented individual and an indispensable part of the “Dangal” team, underscoring her invaluable contribution to the film. The post concluded with a poignant farewell, acknowledging Suhani’s enduring presence as a star in their hearts and wishing her eternal peace.

In the wake of Suhani’s passing, tributes poured in from fans and colleagues alike, reflecting on her brief yet impactful journey in the film industry. Her legacy as the spirited young Babita Phogat in “Dangal” endures, serving as a testament to her talent and dedication. Suhani’s departure serves as a poignant reminder of life’s fragility and the enduring impact of her contributions to cinema.

  • Dangal’ actor Suhani Bhatnagar died at the age of 19.
  • It was confirmed by Aamir Khan’s production house.
  • She suffered from a rare disease called dermatomyositis.

The actor, hailing from Faridabad, gained prominence for her role in the 2016 biographical drama centered on a wrestler who guides his daughters to success. In the film, Zaira Wasim portrayed young Geeta, while Suhani Bhatnagar depicted the character of Babita. Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra portrayed the adult versions of the characters, with Aamir Khan playing the pivotal role of their father, Mahavir Phogat.

A somber note was shared on social media by Aamir Khan’s production house, expressing deep sorrow over Bhatnagar’s passing. The heartfelt message extended condolences to her mother, Poojaji, and the entire family, acknowledging Suhani’s talent and indispensable role in the film. The post concluded with a touching tribute, affirming Suhani’s enduring presence as a star in their hearts and wishing her eternal peace.

Director Nitesh Tiwari also expressed his grief over Suhani’s sudden demise, describing her as a vibrant soul brimming with life. He conveyed his deepest condolences to her family in a heartfelt statement.

Suhani’s decision to pause her acting career to focus on her studies was noted, reflecting her dedication to personal growth and academic pursuits amidst her burgeoning career in the film industry.

Who is Suhani Bhatnagar? 

The Faridabad-born actor rose to fame for her role in the 2016 biographical film depicting a wrestler guiding his daughters to success. In the movie, Zaira Wasim portrayed young Geeta, while Suhani Bhatnagar played Babita. Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra portrayed the adult versions of the characters, with Aamir Khan as their father, Mahavir Phogat. A somber message from Aamir Khan’s production house mourned Bhatnagar’s passing, extending condolences to her mother and family while praising her talent and contribution to the film. Director Nitesh Tiwari also expressed grief over her loss, describing her as a vibrant soul. Suhani’s decision to focus on her studies, pausing her acting career, was noted, reflecting her commitment to personal growth alongside her rising stardom in the film industry.

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