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Yesteryear Hindi movie star Nimmi passes away at 88


Nimmi, the doe-eyed star of 1950s and ‘60s Hindi motion pictures akin to “Aan”, “Barsaat” and “Deedar”, has died after extended sickness. She was 88.

The actor was delivered to a suburban Juhu hospital on Wednesday after she complained of breathlessness. She died within the night, household sources advised reporters.

“She was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon after she complained of breathlessness. She passed away this evening. She had been unwell for quite sometime. She had been in and out of hospital this year,” the supply added.

Nimmi shall be buried at a cemetery in Reay Road in Mumbai on Thursday afternoon.

The actor, born as Nawab Banoo, got here to be identified by her display screen identify ‘Nimmi’, which was given to her by filmmaker Raj Kapoor, who first noticed her as a shy teen on the units of his movie “Andaz“.

Raj Kapoor forged her because the second lead in “Barsaat” in 1949. The movie had three well-liked songs —‘Barsaat me hamse mile tum’, ‘Hawa me udta jaye’ and ‘Meri Patli qamar hai’ —picturised on her.

After the success of “Barsaat”, there was no turning again for Nimmi.

Though the usually performed the second fiddle to the favored heroines of her period, she established herself within the roles of ill-fated lover or the feisty village belle.

Such was her reputation that an prolonged dream sequence was added in “Aan” as distributors felt her character dies too early within the movie.

Inspired from William Shakespeare’s play “Taming of the Shrew”, the movie had Nadia and Dilip Kumar in lead roles however Nimmi as village belle Mangala left an enduring impression on viewers thoughts.

The movie launched with the title ‘Savage Princess’ in England and in France as “Mangla, fille des Indes” (Mangla, the daughter of India).

Nimmi labored with high actors of her period, together with Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Ashok Kumar in movies “Sazaa”, “Aan”, “Uran Khatola”, “Bhai-Bhai”, “Kundan”, “Mere Mehboob”, “Pooja Ke Phool”, “Akashdeep”, “Love and God”, which was her final movie.

She left motion pictures to get married to writer-director S Ali Raza, who handed away in 2007.

Mourning her demise, actor Rishi Kapoor stated, “RIP. Thank you Nimmi aunty for all the blessings and love for Bobby on its premiere release. You were part of the RK family. Barsaat was your first film. Allha aapko Jannat naseeb kare. Ameen.”

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt stated, “You may win your hearts desire, but in the end you are cheated of it by death. Goodbye Nimmiji”.

“A beautiful and extremely talented actress and a beautiful and humble human being passes on. #RIP #Nimmi ji,” tweeted Jaaved Jaaferi.

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