Yesteryear Bollywood actress Shakila passed away at the age of 82 on September 20. (Pictures courtesy: Twitter and Facebook)
Shakila died of a massive heart attack. In picture: Shakila with her nephew Nasir Khan
Shakila had featured in cult movies like 'Hatim Tai' (1956), Guru Dutt's 'Aar Paar' (1954), 'CID' (1956), 'Shriman Satyawadi' (1960) and 'China Town' (1962)
Often described as the 'queen of Indian movies', Shakila quit the film industry, married an NRI industrialist, and settles in the UK
Shakila later returned to Marine Drive in Mumbai for a few years
However, Shakila suffered a major setback in life when her daughter Meenaz committed suicide
After Shakila's daughter Meenaz committed suicide, she shifted to her Bandra residence, where she spent her last days
Shakila was best friends with Saira Banu, Asha Parekh, Waheeda Rehman, Nanda and Jabeen Jalili
Shakila's fellow actors from the 50s said that it was unfortunate that she couldn't get immediate admission in the hospital and therefore had to be taken to Juhu's Arogya Nidhi Hospital
The news of her death was confirmed by her nephew Nasir Khan, son of veteran comedian Johnny Walker
Taking to social media, he wrote, "With a heavy heart, i have 2 inform u all dat my maternal aunt (my moms older sister) Shakila Aunty has passed away. She was a star in her own right in the 50's n 60's. Babuji dheere chalna, pyaar mein zara sambhalna...Please keep her in ur prayers. May Allah grant her Jannat (sic)."
Shakila's nephew, actor Nasir Khan, told mid-day, "She wasn't keeping well and had been in and out of the hospital. She was diagnosed with a kidney ailment recently and was on dialysis, which led to further complications."
Nasir Khan is the son of late comedian Johnny Walker, who married Shakila's sister, Noor
"My father was fond of her (Shakila). She was a social person, full of life. She was always surrounded by people," Nasir Khan remembered
Shakila is best remembered for the song Babuji Dheere Chalna
Shakila's close friend and veteran actor Asha Parekh told mid-day, "She was always there for others. She was by my side when my father passed away."
Asha Parekh further said, "Waheeda [Rehman], Nanda and Shakila were a gang. She was a soft-spoken and kind person, hardly ever raised her voice. Saira [Banu] was trying to get her admitted to a hospital and was with her yesterday."