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 on Tuesday morning and was deeply saddened as he wrote, “slowly slowly they all go away..” 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.
In his tweet, Amitabh Bachchan wrote, “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..” Celebrity designer Sandeep Khosla too shared a photo of the late actor and captioned it as, “wewillmissyou #you #will #always #remain #special #to #us #RIP #ShammiAunty #1929-2018 #loveyou #abujanisandeepkhosla #bestfriend #guide #family.”
Shammi was a dear friend of late actor Nargis Dutt. Nargis’ daughter Priya Dutt tweeted about the grave loss for the Hindi film industry and shared an old picture of her mother 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.”
Fondly addressed as ‘Shammi aunty’ by Bollywood celebrities, Shammi, whose real name is Nargis Rabadi, started her film career with Malhar as a leading lady and later on moved to the comic genre. She acted in movies like Half Ticket, Ishaara, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Preet Na Jane Reet, Aamne – Saamne, Upkar, Ittefaq and many others. For any 90s kid, Shammi was Karisma Kapoor’s grandma in Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Saath Saath Hain. Shammi’s last silver screen outing was Farah Khan and Boman Irani starrer Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi.