Yesteryear actress Nimmi, the doe-eyed star of Hindi movies such as 'Aan', 'Barsaat' and 'Deedar' and who continued to appear in many more popular films back in the 1950s and early 1960s has passed away much to the shock of the Bollywood film industry. She was 88 and having breathing difficulties. Her niece Sameera Khan has informed that the Aan actress was admitted to a suburban Juhu hospital nearby her house because of some health complications from a prior prolonged illness.
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 picturized on her.
After the success of 'Barsaat', there was no turning back for Nimmi. Though the often played the second fiddle to the popular heroines of her era, she established herself in the roles of an ill-fated lover or the feisty village belle. Such was her popularity that an extended dream sequence was added in 'Aan' as distributors felt her character dies too early in the film.
Inspired from William Shakespeare's play 'Taming of the Shrew', the film had Nadia and Dilip Kumar in lead roles but Nimmi as village belle Mangala left a lasting impression on viewers' mind. The film released with the title Savage Princess in England and in France as Mangla, fille des Indes (Mangla, the daughter of India).
The actress has a total number of 48 films to her credit and has worked with legendary actors like Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, and Dev Anand. Aan, Mere Mehboob, Barsaat, Daag, Aandhiyan, Deedar, etc. are some of the noted films delivered by Nimmi. She was known for her unique style of acting and expressive performances in all her films. The actress also enjoyed a massive fan following during that time owing to her utter beauty. Her last appearance was in the 1986 film 'Love & God'. Nimmi Ji left movies to get married and was married to noted director and screenwriter S. Ali Raza who left for his heavenly abode on November 1, 2007.
"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 some time. 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. She passed away in the evening, family sources told PTI. Nimmi will be buried at a cemetery in Reay Road in Mumbai on Thursday afternoon.