Mumbai: Thespian Amitabh Bachchan expressed grief over the demise of veteran and prolific actress Shammi, who died of prolonged illness.
Veteran Bollywood actor Shammi passed away on Tuesday at the age of 89 after prolonged illness. Amitabh Bachchan shared the news on his Twitter handle and was deeply saddened as he wrote, “Shammi Aunty .. prolific actress, years of contribution to the Industry, dear family friend .. passes away ..!! Along suffered illness, age ..Sad .. slowly slowly they all go away..”
T 2735 – Prayers and fond remembrances for Shammi Aunty .. so dear to us as family .. lost to us today ..?
some early pictures as a young entrant to films .. and one with Nargis ji at an event ; Shammi Aunty's real name was also Nargis ! pic.twitter.com/pfgzd1Tff3
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 6, 2018
The late actor entertained movie buffs and the television audience alike. Her perfect comic timing in TV shows like Dekh Bhai Dekh, Zabaan Sambhal Ke, Shriman Shrimati and others brought smiles to many faces.
Priya Dutt, daughter of Nargis Dutt and sister to Sanjay Dutt, also expressed her grief on social media. 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”
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 pic.twitter.com/jFfpmUfVoP
— Priya Dutt (@PriyaDutt_INC) March 6, 2018
Fondly addressed as ‘Shammi aunty’ by Bollywood celebrities acted in movies like Jab Jab Phool Khile, Preet Na Jane Reet, Aamne – Saamne, Upkar, Ittefaq and many others. Shammi was also part of Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Saath Saath Hain ensemble.