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Nimmi, doe-eyed star of the 1950s, passes away at 88

Nimmi belonged to an period in Hindi cinema when actresses got here with their very own distinct adaa (model). Acting was all about quicksilver flip of expressions. A raised forehead or the quiver of the lips might say all of it. Nimmi was identified for sleek presence, doe eyes that have been a pool of feelings and a voice layered with gravitas.

One of the main stars of yesteryears, Nimmi handed away in Mumbai on Wednesday at the age of 88.

She was born Nawab Banoo and it was filmmaker-actor Raj Kapoor who gave her the identify Nimmi and launched her on display screen. She met him on the units of Mehboob Khan’s Andaz, which is when he determined to forged her as the second lead in Barsaat. Her debut efficiency as a naive shepherdess in love with a reckless metropolis slicker went on to outline her persona. She got here to be recognized for a novel air of melancholy and depth mixed with attraction, guilelessness and innocence.

Nimmi straddled genres and had a considerable quantity of hits (a clutch of them with celebrity Dilip Kumar) to her credit score however couldn’t fairly get her due. Despite successes like Aan, Deedar, Daag, Amar, Kundun, Uran Khatola and Basant Bahar, she didn’t get counted in the prime league of Meena Kumari, Nargis and Madhubala.

Family pal and music director Madan Mohan’s daughter Sangeeta Gupta, who additionally acted together with her in Bhai Bhai, remembers her as an informed, well-spoken, delicate and charming individual. “She used to live across Madan ji’s music room and used to visit quite often,” she says.

Nimmi had slipped into obscurity after the demise of her husband Ali Raza. It was a uncommon interview in 2013 (Guftagoo with Irfan) on Rajya Sabha TV that the reclusive star revealed heaps of unknown sides about her private {and professional} life. Like how at the London première of Aan she acquired 4 Hollywood movie gives, together with one from none apart from Cecil B. Demille.

Lata Mangeshkar tweeted about working collectively on many movies and remembered her as a nicely mannered, gracious woman. Actor Rishi Kapoor tweeted: “RIP. Thank you, Nimmi aunty, for all the blessings and love for Bobby on its première launch. You have been half of the RK household. Barsaat was your first movie. Allah aapko jannat naseeb kare. Amen.”

Saira Banu tweeted by way of Dilip Kumar’s deal with: “Dilip Sahab and I are feeling a deep sense of personal loss at the passing away of our beloved Nimmi ji. She was my elder and had always maintained close contacts with Sahab and I through her beautiful, loving, prolific, handwritten personal letters in Urdu. Nimmi ji spent good time with my mother Naseem Banu and through my mother and my husband, I built a bond with her. Such stalwarts are rare. Nimmi ji will be missed. May Allah bless her with Jannat.”

Amongst some of her most memorable songs was Jiya beqarar hai and an apt one for the second Tum na jaane kis jahaan mein kho gaye.

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