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


In a tragic development that has jolted the Indian film fraternity, Suhani Bhatnagar, renowned for her portrayal of young Babita Phogat in the iconic sports drama ‘Dangal,’ has passed away at the tender age of 19.

The young actor’s performance had captured the hearts of millions, as she brilliantly depicted the early life of one of India’s famous wrestling champions alongside Aamir Khan, who played the pivotal role of Mahavir Singh Phogat. Her promising career has been cut short, leaving fans and colleagues mourning the loss of a talent taken too soon.

Suhani was a resident of Faridabad’s Sector 17 and led a quiet life away from the limelight, after stealing it in ‘Dangal.’ She had recently met with an unfortunate accident that left her with a leg fracture. It has been reported by Jagran that a significant side effect from the medication—fluid accumulation within her body—was attributed as the cause of death. For some time now, Suhani had been under medical care at AIIMS hospital in Delhi, fighting to overcome this unexpected health challenge.

Despite being away from the movie screens of late, Suhani’s presence was strongly felt on social media platforms where she had amassed over 20,000 followers on Instagram. The promising star’s feed featured memories from the immeasurable success of ‘Dangal,’ including the promotional days spent with her co-stars and success celebrations. Her last Instagram post dates back to 2021, with cheerful sunkissed selfies reminding followers of her vibrant personality.

Suhani’s life journey tragically mirrors a poignant scene from the very film that brought her nationwide acclaim. ‘Dangal,’ released in 2016, was more than just a film—it was a snapshot of the groundbreaking success of the Phogat sisters, who became India’s first renowned female wrestlers, trailblazing a path for future athletes. Under the tutelage of their father and coach, Mahavir Singh Phogat, the film narrated the relentless pursuit of excellence and the overcoming of societal barriers.

The film’s director, Nitesh Tiwari, along with an ensemble cast including Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra as the older Phogat sisters, and Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar as their younger selves, brought to screen a story that resonated with audiences across the globe. Its mix of emotion, struggle, triumph, and family dynamics turned ‘Dangal’ into a monumental success story of Indian cinema.

The untimely death of such a budding star is a profound loss that echoes in the quiet of the Faridabad streets where she lived. It is in this very city, at the Ajronda crematorium in Sector 15, that Suhani Bhatnagar will be laid to rest, leaving behind her legacy captured in the frames of ‘Dangal’ and the memories of those who knew and loved her.

As tributes pour in and the entertainment world pays its respects, it is clear that Suhani Bhatnagar defied her age with the depth of her acting and the impact she has left behind. Her demise is a reminder of the fragility of life and the cruel unpredictability that shrouds each promising dawn. Today, the film industry has lost not just a young actor but a symbol of potential and hope—a light extinguished too soon, a story left incomplete.

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