Tuesday 6 March 2018

Veteran Bollywood actress Shammi passes away at 89

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Veteran actress and Bollywood's beloved 'Shammi aunty' has passed away at the age of 89.

She was seen in Coolie No 1, Khuda Gawah, Hum, Arth, The Burning Train and the recent Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, as well as the television series Dekh Bhai Dekh, Zabaan Sambhal Ke, Shriman Shrimati, Kabhi Yeh Kabhi Woh and Filmi Chakkar.

Amitabh Bachchan wrote in a tweet, “Shammi Aunty .. prolific actress, years of contribution to the Industry, dear family friend .. passes away ..!! A long suffered illness, age ..Sad .. slowly slowly they all go away..”

 Nargis’ daughter Priya Dutt tweeted about the grave loss for the Hindi film industry and shared an old picture of her mother, Nargis, and Shammi. She wrote, “Shammi, aunty to me and a great actor of yesteryears passed away today. She was my mother’s dear friend and someone we all loved very much. May her soul rest in peace and her laughter and contagious smile rock the heavens. Be In peace with your friends.”

Born as Nargis Rabadi, she had an elder sister, Nina Rabadi, who was a fashion designer. Her father was a priest in an agyari (Parsi fire temple). He died when she was around three years old. She had spent 64 years in the industry. Her first film was Ustad Pedro and she was just 18 at the time.

Shammi`s first film as a solo heroine was Malhar, produced by playback singer Mukesh. The film didn`t do well at the box office. Later she got a role in Dilip Kumar starrer Sangdil and after that, there was no looking back for the actress who symbolised the modern woman on screen.

Shammi was married to film producer-director Sultan Ahmed for seven years before they got divorced

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