To broach dialogues such as “Tere muh mein keede, tere muh mein dhool” and seem endearing on screen, an actor needs to be energetic and charming. Veteran actor Shammi, who as Chhoti Nani done this discourse a renouned catchline in a ’90s on a radio comedy uncover Dekh Bhai Dekh, was all these and more. Shammi’s flitting divided during a age of 89 during her Juhu home in Mumbai on Tuesday, done several attention stalwarts including Amitabh Bachchan, Farah Khan and Boman Irani share their grief on amicable media. Later in a day, actors Asha Parekh, Farida Jalal and Annu Kapoor attended her funeral. Khan and Irani, her co-actors from a 2013 film Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, were also benefaction there to compensate their final respect.
Born as Nargis Rabadi in 1931 in a Parsi family, she was know by her shade name ‘Shammi’ and was fondly called ‘Shammi Aunty’. She was a sister of dress engineer Mani Rabadi and entered a attention by accident. In 1951, Shammi debuted as one of a lead actors of Malhar. The film didn’t do good commercially even yet she got noticed. Soon after, she was expel along with Dilip Kumar and Madhubala in Sangdil (1952).
Though in a following years, lead roles dusty adult for her, Shammi determined herself as a distinguished ancillary actor with her agreeable celebrity and crazy humour. She went on to act in over 200 cinema and radio shows in her career travelling 6 decades. Prominent among them are Purab Aur Pachhim (1970), The Burning Train (1980), Hum (1991), Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991), Khuda Gawah (1991) and Coolie No 1 (1995). She explored a radio space with shows such as Dekh Bhai Dekh, Zabaan Sambhal Ke, Shrimaan Shrimati and Filmi Chakkar.
Bela Sehgal, executive of Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, says, “It was good fun to work with her. She always came to a set good prepared and even makeshift her scenes. She was full of beans.” Shammi was famous for her caprice on and off screen. Annu Kapoor, who used to accommodate her during amicable occasions, said, “Shammi Aunty was a really certain chairman in annoy of pang several setbacks in her personal and veteran life. She always smiled.”
Shammi’s matrimony with filmmaker Sultan Ahmed was ephemeral and finished within 7 years. According to Kapoor, one of her biggest veteran setbacks was when Pighalta Aasman (1985), a film constructed by her, tight during a box office. She even had to take adult a direct’s rod following differences with a executive Esmayeel Shroff. “Support for Shammi Aunty came from Shashi Kapoor, a movie’s lead actor, who did not assign any money,” says Kapoor.
Calling her a “dear friend”, Bachchan in his twitter wrote: “Prayers and lustful remembrances for Shammi Aunty … so dear to us as family…” Politician Priya Dutt tweeted: “Shammi, aunty to me and a good actor of yesteryears upheld divided today. She was my mother’s (Nargis Dutt’s) dear crony and someone we all desired really much…her delight and foul grin stone a heavens…”