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Veteran character actress Shammi passes away at 89
Shammi, fondly addressed as "Shammi Aunty" in Bollywood circles passed away on Tuesday after a prolonged illness. She was 89.

Amitabh Bachchan was among the first few to share the news on social media. Taking to Twitter, he wrote: "Shammi Aunty... prolific actress, years of contribution to the Industry, dear family friend... passes away. A long suffered illness, age. Sad. Slowly, slowly they all go away." Big B had shared screen space with Shammi in the 1992 film Khuda Gawah.

"RIP. Shammi Aunty bids good bye," tweeted Rishi Kapoor.

Shammi is best remembered as Nani from the popular TV sitcom of the 90s Dekh Bhai Dekh. She also acted in movies like Jab Jab Phool Khile, Preet Na Jane, Hum Saath Saath Hain among many others. Her last film was Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi starring Farah Khan and Boman Irani.

Born as Nargis Rabadi, she began her film career by playing the leading lady in Malhar. Known for her comic timing, she portrayed characters which are still endearing to our hearts.

Celebrity designer Sandeep Khosla also shared a picture of the late actor, captioning it as "#you #will #always #remain #special #to #us #RIP #ShammiAunty #1929-2018 #loveyou #abujanisandeepkhosla #bestfriend #guide #family."

Shammi was a close friend of late actor Nargis Dutt. Sanjay Dutt's sister and politician Priya Dutt tweeted her condolence message and shared an old picture of her mother Nargis Dutt with Shammi.

"Shammi, aunty to me and a great actor of yesteryears, passed away today. She was my mother's dear friend and someone we all loved very much. May her soul rest in peace and her laughter and contagious smile rock the heavens. Be in peace with your friends," Priya Dutt tweeted.

Shammi's last rites will be performed later in the day at Mumbai's Oshiwara cemetery, as per IANS.

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