Veteran bollywood actress Shakila who is best known for her roles in ‘Aar Par’ and ‘CID’, passed away on Wednesday evening after a massive heart attack. She was 82.
Her nephew Nasirr Khan took to Facebook to share the sad news and wrote, “With a heavy heart i have 2 inform u all dat my maternal aunt (my moms older sister) Shakila Aunty has passed away. She was a star in her own right in the 50’s n 60’s. Babuji dheere chalna, pyaar mein zara samhalna…Please keep her in ur prayers. May Allah grant her Jannat. Aameen.”
Shakila had not been keeping well for the past few years and had stopped making public appearances. On Wednesday, when the actress, who called as the “fairy queen of Indian fantasies,” suffered a heart attack, she was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, but she could not find immediate admission, Mumbai Mirror reported quoting a colleague of her from the 50s cinema. Later, she was admitted to Arogya Nidhi Hospital in Juhu.
Some of Shakila’s other popular films include ‘Shriman Satyawadi’, ‘China Town’, ‘Post Box 999’, ‘Dastaan’, ‘Sindbad the Sailor’, ‘Rajrani Damyanti’, ‘Aagosh’, ‘Shahenshah’, ‘Raj Mahal’, ‘Armaan’, ‘Alibaba Aur Chaalis Chor’, ‘Lalpari’, ‘Roop Kumari’, ‘Hatim Tai’ and ‘Al-Hilal’. She was last seen in 1963 film ‘Ustadon Ke Ustad’. She is also fondly remembered for performance in hit songs like “Babuji Dheere Chalna”, “Neend Na Mujhko Aaye” and “Ae Mere Dil Hai Nadaan”.
She took retirement from acting after getting married to an NRI film distributor. According to reports, she shifted to the UK along with her husband and had a daughter, Meenaz. She moved to Mumbai after her daughter committed suicide.
May her soul rest in peace!