Veteran Bollywood actress Shyama passes away in Mumbai

Nov 14, 2017, 13:29 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Veteran Bollywood actress Shyama has passed away this morning (November 14) in Mumbai. She was 82 years old. The actress was not keeping well for a long time. She worked in films like 'Aar Paar' (1954) and 'Barsaat Ki Raat'(1960)

Veteran Bollywood actress Shyama has passed away this morning (November 14) in Mumbai. She was 82 years old. She worked in films like 'Aar Paar' (1954) and 'Barsaat Ki Raat'(1960). She was also seen in movies such as 'Sawan Bhadon' and 'Dil Diya Dard Liya'. Her birth name was Khurshid Akhtar. Director Vijay Bhatt gave her the stage name 'Shyama'. She acted in over 175 movies in a span of nearly 45 years. Shyama married cinematographer Fali Mistry in 1953. The couple had three children - two sons, Farooq and Rohin, and a daughter, Shirrin. Mistry passed away in 1979.

Veteran actress Shyama has passed away. Pic/Pavan Jha's Twitter account @p1j

Shyama's funeral will be held at 2.30 PM today at Marine Lines.

Neelam, Nargis, Nirupa Roy and Shyama
Neelam, Nargis, Nirupa Roy and Shyama. Pic/mid-day archives

When mid-day contacted Nasir Khan, the son of actor Johnny Walker, he expressed his grief on Shyama's demise. "It's really disheartening to know about the demise of Shyama aunty, one of are the most beautiful actresses of her time. She had done several films with my father and in a lot of them she was opposite him also. In fact, in the film that was made on his name 'Johnny Walker', she was the heroine with him. Her daughter Shirin and I have known each other since we were kids. My heartfelt condolences to her and the family and may Allah give her the strength through this trying times," Nasir said.

Shyama with Johnny Walker
Shyama and Johnny Walker

He added, "In fact, the only time my father dressed up as a woman and performed on a female song, it was picturised on my father and Shyama aunty. The song was 'gori gori raat hai' by Geeta Dutt from the film 'Chhoo Mantar'."

Johnny Walker and Shyama had worked in films like 'Choo Mantar', 'Aar Paar', 'Musafir Khana', 'Khota Paisa', 'Mr.Qartoon M.A.' and 'Chaar Paise'.

Yesteryear actress of 'Tumsa Nahin Dekha' fame, Ameeta, visited Shyama last week. When mid-day contacted Ameeta, she said, "She (Shyama) was a very jovial and a positive person. She was sick. I am glad she is out of her misery. I am happy for her and I am sure even she must be happy for herself. She was in a lot of pain and one would feel helpless and could do nothing about it. Her mind was very active, though her body had given up.''

(With inputs from Bharati Dubey)

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