Mumbai: Veteran Bollywood actress Nimmi passed away at her residence in Mumbai on Wednesday evening at the age of 88. Over the recent past, Nimmi was suffering from breathing problems and had been in and out of the hospital. Also Read - Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki: Actress Reena Kapoor aka Nimmi to bid adieu to the show!

Her last rites will take place on Thursday afternoon.

Her demise was confirmed by trade analyst Komal Nahta on social media who tweeted,”Yesteryear actress Nimmi ji passed away. She was 88. May her soul rest in peace.”

Bollywood career

Nimmi, whose name was Nawab Banoo, made her Bollywood debut in Raj Kapoor’s 1949 release, ‘Barsaat’, which was Kapoor’s first major hit. 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, notably the Bollywood Triumvirate of the era — Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand.

Her hit films include Aam, Mere Mehboob, Akashdeep, Pooja ke Phool and more. 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.

Her last release was K. Asif’s much-delayed ‘Love And God’, a retelling of the Laila-Majnu story.

Early life

Nimmi was born in Agra on February 18, 1933, as Nawab Banoo to a Muslim courtesan named Wahidan while her father was a military contractor, Abdul Hakim.

When she was only 11, her mother passed away and Nimmi went to Abbottabad to live with her maternal grandmother. Post Partition in 1947, when Abbotabad went to Pakistan, Nimmi’s grandmother shifted to Mumbai to live in India.

That’s where Nimmi’s Bollywood connection came in, because her grandmother’s other daughter, Jyoti, was a onetime actress, and Jyoti’s husband GM Durrani was a renowned playback singer and composer.

In 1965, Nimmi married scriptwriter Ali Raza, who was associated with Mehboob Studios. The couple was married till Raza’s demise in 2007.

Bollywood pays tribute:

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt was among the first to convey condolences and said in a tweet, ” You may win your hearts desire, but in the end you are cheated of it by death.” Goodbye Nimmiji.”

Rishi Kapoor wrote, ”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.”

(With Agency inputs)