Veteran Bollywood actress Shammi passes away at 89; film industry expresses grief

  • Veteran Bollywood actress Shammi passes away at 89; film industry expresses grief

Veteran Bollywood actress Shammi passes away at 89; film industry expresses grief

Shammi was often cast in roles that displayed her natural vivaciousness.

Shammi aunty was known for her comic roles which were highly appreciated by the fraternity and fans. Most wonderful, loving and amusing. Her third film was with Dilip Kumar and Madhubala, Sangdil (1952), which flopped and Shammi's career took a back seat. She met her namesake, Nargis, during the making of Malhar and the two became thick as thieves. Loved her very much. This was an era when stars were truly larger than life. He name was changed from Nargis to Shammi, on insistence of her mentor and director Tara Harish. She had entered the cinema industry by chance, where she played the second female lead in Ustad Pedro in 1949. The actress died after prolonged illness at her home late on Monday, a family friend reportedly said. She had a great comic timing and her amusing faces were enough to leave you in splits. She has even done films like THE TRAIN, AANCHAL, KUDRAT, RED ROSE, AWARA BAAP and SWARG with Rajesh Khanna. In one of the episodes, where Kareema goes nuts after he hits his head into something is hilarious, as Kareema makes her do the household chores while she is pleading to spare her.

Congress leader and Sunil Dutt's daughter Priya Dutt also took to her microblogging account and wrote, "Shammi aunty to me and a great actor of yesteryears passed away today". Her friends in the industry helped her catch a break in television and during the '80s, and she appeared on many successful serials Dekh Bhai Dekh, Zabaan Sambhal Ke, Shriman Shrimati, Kabhi Yeh Kabhi Woh and Filmi Chakkar.

Shammi aunty in a still from Dekh Bhai Dekh.