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Veteran actor Shyama dies

Veteran actor Shyama dies

New Delhi, Nov 14 (UNI) Veteran Bollywood actress Shyama, a big star in the 50s with hits like 'Aar Paar; 'Bhabhi' and 'Sharda', died in Mumbai this morning, trade sources said.

She was 82 and is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Famous for her role in Guru Dutt's 'Aar Paar', Shyama was considered one of the most beautiful actreses of her time.

Born Khurshid Akhtar on June 7, 1935 in Lahore, Shyama arrived in Mumbai from Lahore after Partition.

Given the stage name Shyama by director Vijay Bhatt, Shyama began her film career with films like 'Meerabai' (1947) and went on to act in around 175 films in her career.

Her best known roles were in 'Aar Paar' (1954), 'Barsaat Ki Raat' (1960) and 'Tarana'. She was also noticed in 'Sawan Bhadon', 'Dil Diya Dard Liya', 'Milan' and 'Sharda', for which she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Like Shammi Kapoor among male actors, Shyama was most responsive to the rhythm and lyrics of the music directors and poets.

Songs picturised on her such as "Ae dil mujhe bata de", "O chand jahan wo jaye", "Ae lo main hari piya", "Dekho, wo chand chhup ke karata hai kya ishare", "Chhupa ke meri aankhon ko" and "Ja re ka re badara" are examples of her sensitive acting.

She married cinematographer Fali Mistry in the year 1953.

Shyama is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Her funeral took place at a cemetery at Marine Lines the same afternoon.


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