Veteran Kannada actor Kishori Ballal, who had acted in over 75 movies and who played Shah Rukh Khan’s mother Kaveri Amma in 2004 film Swades, died on Tuesday at the age of 82. The reason of death is due to age-related ailments at a private hospital in Bengaluru, family sources said. The demise of Kishori Ballal, has left the film’s director Ashutosh Gowariker “heartbroken”. Referring to her as “Kishori Amma”, SRK said she will be sorely missed, especially for the way she would reprimand him for smoking. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Gets Trolled For Comparing Her Journey With Shah Rukh Khan And Saying ‘His Parents Were Involved in Films’
Shah Rukh took to Twitter on Wednesday to pay tribute to Ballal with a message and a still from their 2004 film Swades. “May her soul rest in peace. Kishori ‘Amma’ will be sorely missed. Especially how she used to reprimand me for smoking. May Allah look after her,” he captioned the film still, in which the two actors are sitting next to each other. Also Read - Nora Fatehi And Punit Pathak's Steamy Chemistry on 'Janam Janam' is Unmissable | Watch
Gowariker recalled Ballal as a kind and affable person. “HEARTBROKEN! Terribly sad about the passing away of #KishoriBallal ji!! Kishori ji… you will be remembered for your generously kind, warm and affable persona! And your unforgettable performance as #Kaveriamma in #Swades !! You will surely be missed!!” he tweeted.
Born in Dakshina Kannada district, Kishori Ballal made acting debut with 1960’s Ivalentha Hendathi and in her five-decade-long career, she worked in over 75 movies across different languages such as Kahi, Hani Hani, Suryakanthi, Carry On Maratha and Quick Gun Murugun.
In Bollywood, apart from Swades, she was also seen in the Ranu Mukerji-starrer Aiyya (2012) and the Deepika Padukone-starrer Lafangey Parindey (2010).