Yesteryear star Nimmi passes away

TIL Desk Bollywood/ Nimmi, the doe-eyed star of 1950s and ’60s Hindi movies such as “Aan”, “Barsaat” and “Deedar”, has died after prolonged illness. She was 88. The actor was brought to a suburban Juhu hospital on Wednesday after she complained of breathlessness. She died in the evening, family sources told.

“She was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon after she complained of breathlessness. She passed away this evening. She had been unwell for quite sometime. She had been in and out of hospital this year,” the source added. Nimmi will be buried at a cemetery in Reay Road in Mumbai on Thursday afternoon.

The actor, born as Nawab Banoo, came to be known by her screen name ‘Nimmi’, which was given to her by filmmaker Raj Kapoor, who first spotted her as a shy teen on the sets of his film “Andaz”. Raj Kapoor cast her as the second lead in “Barsaat” in 1949. The film had three popular songs — ‘Barsaat me hamse mile tum’, ‘Hawa me udta jaye’ and ‘Meri Patli qamar hai’ — picturised on her.

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