Veteran actor Nimmi passes away; Bollywood pays tribute
Veteran actor Nimmi, popular for her roles in Hindi movies in the 1950s and 60s, passed away on Wednesday. She was 88 years old. The former actor was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai's Juhu on Wednesday afternoon after she complained of breathlessness. She died in the evening. Nimmi had been ill for some time, reports said. May her soul rest in peace.
Nimmi had frequent trips to the hospital this year, family sources told PTI. She will be buried at a cemetery in Mumbai's Reay Road on Thursday afternoon. Born as Nawab Banoo, Nimmi got her popular screen name from Bollywood's showman Raj Kapoor, who first spotted the former as a teenager on the sets of his 1949 film Andaz.
After she made her debut with Raj Kapoor's Barsaat (1949), there was no looking back for Nimmi. Over the following two decades, Nimmi worked with industry stalwarts like Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Ashok Kumar in films such as Sazaa, Aan, Uran Khatola, Bhai-Bhai, Kundan, Akashdeep, Love And God (her last movie). Nimmi was married to writer/director S Ali Raza, who died in 2007.
After the news of Nimmi's demise surfaced, fellow celebrities took to social media to offer condolences and pay respects. Rishi Kapoor tweeted, "Thank you Nimmi aunty for all the blessings and love... You were part of the RK [Raj Kapoor] family." Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt also bid farewell to the late star, writing, "Goodbye Nimmiji... Yesteryear's dove-eyed actress Nimmi passes away."
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. pic.twitter.com/nsTGhpCpac— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) March 25, 2020
Message from Saira Banu Khan:— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) March 26, 2020
Dilip Sahab and I are feeling a deep sense of personal loss at the passing away of our beloved #Nimmi ji