Bollywood's famous actor Shammi Aunty, who was loved for her roles in several films, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 89 after a prolonged illness.
Amitabh Bachchan wrote his respects for the actress, stating his prayers and remembrances for her.
Former Congress MP Priya Dutt, the daughter of late actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis Dutt, also expressed her condolences. She was fondly addressed as "Shammi aunty" by Bollywood celebrities.
"The octagenarian appeared in over 100 films, with some of her more memorable ones being ' Half Ticket", "Ishaara", "Gopi Kishan", "Hum Saath-Saath Hain" among others.
Shammi, whose real name is Nargis Rabadi, started her film career with Malhar (1951) as a leading lady but couldn't sustain the momentum created by her debut film and soon moved do doing second lead and supporting roles.
Born into a Parsi family, Rabadi was part of the cinema industry for more than 50 years, starring in over 200 films. The actress then switched to TV shows for a few years and worked in some of the remarkable shows like Dekh Bhai Dekh, Shriman Shrimati, Filmi Chakkar, Kabhi Yeh Kabhi Woh and others. A long suffered illness, age. Sad. One amongst them was Amitabh Bachchan.
In an interview given in 2013, Shammi mentions how a Nargis would command more money than Dilip Kumar, who was considered the biggest star around.
"RIP. Shammi Aunty bids good bye", tweeted Rishi Kapoor. "We couldn't share as much laughter as we did earlier since her hearing faculties were affected".
Her comedianne act K. Asif's "Musafirkhana" got her stuck with amusing roles but Shammi aunty never complained.
In an exclusive interview with Cinestaan.com, director Bella Bhansali Segal said she counts herself lucky to have worked with Shammi on Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012).