Bollywood’s veteran actress Nargis Rabadi, who was fondly called Shammi aunty in the industry and made her mark in her career spanning six decades, passed away late on Monday after suffering from prolonged illness. She was 89.
She was an Indian film actress who appeared in over 200 Hindi films. Shammi remained a sought-after with filmmakers when it came to goofy and comic roles, especially in the period 1949-1969 and later from 1980-2002. Her famous films as supporting actress included DIL APNA AUR PREET PARAI, HALF TICKET, HALAKU, SAMAJ KO BADAL DALO, KHUDA GAWAH, COOLIE NO 1, GOPI KISHAN and HUM SAATH SAATH HAIN and films with Rajesh Khanna like The TRAIN, AANCHAL, KUDRAT, RED ROSE (film), AWARA BAAP and SWARG.
She had been a leading actress playing main female lead or second female lead in Hindi films between 1949-1955 as well. Later, from 1986 till 1998, she appeared in many popular television sitcoms and serials such as ‘Dekh Bhai Dekh’, ‘Zabaan Sambhale Ke’, ‘Shriman Shrimati’, ‘Kabhi Yeh Kabhi Who’ and ‘Filmi Chakkar’.
Shammi was married to film producer director Sultan Ahmed for seven years, before they were divorced. Shammi is the younger sister of fashion designer Mani Rabadi.
After her demise, Bollywood celebs took to micro-blogging site to pay their last respects. Her funeral was held in Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon.
Her close friends like Asha Parekh, Farida Jalal, her co-stars Boman Irani and Farah Khan in SHIRIN FARHAD KI TOH NIKAL PADI came to the funeral to pay their last respect. Other celebs like Annu Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt’s sister Priya Dutt, Sushant Singh, fashion designer Sandeep Khosla, Anju Mahendru, Imran Khan were also spotted at crematorium for the last rites.