Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Veteran character actress Shammi passes away at 89

Veteran character actress Shammi passes away at 89

Veteran Bollywood actor Shammi passed away in Mumbai on Tuesday at the age of 89. In fact, had Shammi's Sangdil, where she played the female lead opposite Dilip Kumar not crashed at the box office, chances of her becoming as big would not have gone bust. Among those who came to pay their last respects to the actor were her close friends Asha Parekh and Farida Jalal as well as her co-stars, Boman Irani and Farah Khan, from her last film, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi. "We couldn't share as much laughter as we did earlier since her hearing faculties were affected". I was lucky enough to have worked with her in Eeshwar and she was a joy to be around. Actor Emraan Hashmi, a few days ago had shared a rare picture late actress with his grandmother, Nargis Dutt, Nirupa Roy and others. Amitabh called her a "prolific actress" and a "dear family friend". She was affectionately called as ' Shammi aunty. She was signed on for a monthly salary of Rs500 on a three-year contract with Mukhtar.

The actress was also seen in films such as Hum Saath Saath Hain. Nargis introduced her to reading and they would go hunting for new material to read.

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She became a popular character artiste portraying supporting roles of aunt, granny, elderly spinster in the family, et al., besides acting in television serials. The friendship lasted until Nargis Dutt's death in 1981.

Sr. Bachchan and Shammi had acted together in the film "Khuda Gawah" which also starred Sridevi.

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In 1970, Shammi got married to producer Sultan Ahmed and assisted him in Heera (1973), Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Ganga Ki Saugandh (1978).

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