Actress Nimmi passes away at 88

Mar 26, 2020 KRR

Yesteryear actress Nimmi passed away at her residence in Mumbai on Wednesday evening. She was 88, and had been ailing for a while now. Her last rites will take place on Thursday afternoon.

Nimmi, whose name was Nawab Banoo, made her debut in Raj Kapoor’s 1949 release, ‘Barsaat’, which was Kapoor’s first major hit. The film co-starred Nargis.

In fact, the screen name Nimmi was reportedly given to her by Kapoor. Through the fifties and the sixties, the actress worked in films with most top actors. One of her earliest releases was Fali Mistry’s ‘Sazaa’ starring Dev Anand in 1951. The same year, she worked with Dilip Kumar and Ashok Kumar in Nitin Bose’s ‘Deedar’.

Her other notable films include ‘Uran Khatola’ (1955) with Dilip Kumar, the Ashok Kumar-Kishore Kumar starrer ‘Bhai-Bhai’ (1956), Sohrab Modi’s ‘Kundan’ (1955), the Rajendra Kumar-starrer ‘Mere Mehboob’ (1963) and ‘Akashdeep’ (1965).

Among her memorable works also are Mehboob Khan’s ‘Amar’ (1954) starring Dilip Kumar and Madhubala, and Raja Nawathe’s ‘Basant Bahar’ (1956) co-starring Bharat Bhushan.

Nimmi’s last release was K. Asif’s much-delayed ‘Love And God’, a retelling of the Laila-Majnu story. In 1965, Nimmi married scriptwriter Ali Raza.

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