5. Cukoo Moray.

Cukoo, sometimes written as Cuckoo, was an Anglo-Indian dancer who appeared in many Hindi cinema movies. She was the one who helped a penniless Helen make a break in Bollywood. Later, as Helen’s fame spread, Cukoo found that her offers dried up. The woman who once had three cars (one of which was kept for taking her dogs for a drive) and charged Rs 6,000 per dance (a hefty fee those days) died broke and penniless at the age of 52 due to cancer. It is said that in her last days, she could barely afford painkillers to ease her pain. Of her, protégé Helen said that even when she was down and out, she never cried for herself but would crack jokes about her situation.

6. Bharat Bhushan.

Bharat Bhushan became an established actor along with Meena Kumari after their movie, ‘Baiju Bawra’, became a golden jubilee hit. Before that, he had struggled for around 10 years to make his presence felt on the big screen. His most popular roles featured him as a sensitive soul trying to face a cruel world. In real life too, Bhushan faced many cruel odds; his mother died when he was two, his daughter suffered from polio-related complications, and his wife died during childbirth. With the coming of color films, Bhushan’s film career was also on the wane. He tried to play older roles but was unsuccessful. Towards the end of his life, he had to sell his cars and even his prized libraries of rare book collections. Bhushan worked hard to end his financial crisis and died shortly after becoming more solvent.