Veteran actress Shammi has passed away at the age of 89 after prolonged illness.
Coincidentally, actor Emraan Hashmi had on March 1 shared a throwback image which also featured Shammi.
Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to express grief. Celebrities from Bollywood including actor Amitabh Bachchan, former Member of Parliament Priya Dutt, and designer Sandeep Khosla mourned "Shammi Aunty's" death.
In a tweet Big B said Shammi Aunty prolific actress, years of contribution to the Industry, dear family friend. passes away.! Shammi's last major role was in Farah Khan and Boman Irani starrer Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2013), a sort of closure for her, as it got her to connect with her Parsi roots enacting a Parsi character.
According to Bollywood personality Ashok Shekhar, she had been ailing since some time.
Veteran Bollywood and television actress Shammi has passed away. Her funeral will be performed at the Oshiwara cemetery later in the day. She tied the knot with filmmaker Sultan Ahmed, but after seven years they parted ways. He wrote, "wewillmissyou #you #will #always #remain #special #to #us #RIP #ShammiAunty #1929-2018 #loveyou #abujanisandeepkhosla #bestfriend #guide #family". A stellar actress who began her career in the 1950s, the actress starred in films like Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Aamne Samne (1967) and even transitioned to television through serials like Dekh Bhai Dekh (1993), Zabaan Sambhal Ke (1993) and Shriman Shrimati (1997).
She played the main or the second lead in films from 1949 to 1952, but after her Sangdil with Madhubala flopped, she started playing supporting or negative roles. "Be In peace with your friends".