Shweta Bachchan Nanda's mother-in-law Ritu Nanda passes away

Updated: Jan 14, 2020, 15:19 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Shweta Bachchan Nanda, daughter of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, lost her mother-in-law Ritu Nanda on Tuesday morning, January 14, 2020.

Ritu Nanda with granddaughter Navya Nanda Naveli/picture courtesy: Natasha Poonawalla's official Instagram account
Ritu Nanda with granddaughter Navya Nanda Naveli/picture courtesy: Natasha Poonawalla's official Instagram account

Ritu Nanda, Shweta Bachchan Nanda's mother-in-law, who is a well-known entrepreneur and daughter of late Bollywood actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 14, 2020, in New Delhi. She was 71.

Also a sister to Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, Ritu married Rajan Nanda in 1969, and the duo was blessed with two kids Nikhil Nanda and Natasha Nanda. Neetu Kapoor also shared a post on Instagram, posing with Ritu, and wrote, "My dearest may your soul Rest In Peace [sic]"

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Ranbir Kapoor's sister Riddhima Kapoor Sahni also shared a post on social media and captioned, "To the kindest most gentle person I've ever met - They don't make them like you anymore - RIP bua #missyoualways [sic]"

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Ritu Nanda and late Rajan Nanda's son Nikhil Nanda married Amitabh Bachchan's daughter Shweta Bachchan in 1997. She is the grandmother of Navya Naveli Nanda and Agastya Nanda. The Kapoor clan and Bachchan family made the sad announcement via social media on Tuesday. Nanda breathed her last around 1.15 a.m.

She is survived her son Nikhil Nanda, daughter Natasha and grandchildren, besides members of the large Kapoor and Nanda families.

Ritu Nanda, who kept away from the glamour and grit of the Bollywood, became an independent entrepreneur, initially in the household appliances business which, however, collapsed and later in the insurance sector, which turned out to be a success.

She was the Chairwoman of the Ritu Nanda Insurance Services (RNIS) and set new insurance records for which she bagged several coveted awards, including the 'Best Insurance Advisor of the Decade' from the public sector monolithic Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).

For selling a staggering 17,000 pension plan policies in a single day, she got an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. She was reputed to be the "one-window" insurance advisor for top Bollywood personalities in the past over four decades with insurance policies running into stupendous amounts of hundreds of crores of rupees.

Ritu Nanda also penned an official biography on her legendary father, "Raj Kapoor: The One and Only Showman", which was a big hit and translated into several languages including Russian, and sold over 100,000 copies in Russia where he was very popular. Later, she wrote another book, "Raj Kapoor Speaks."

With inputs from IANS

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