Veteran film actress dies in London

LONDON: Renowned film personality and veteran star Shamim Ara died at the age of 78, after losing battle to a prolonged illness in London on Friday.

The renowned film director, producer and actress Shamim Ara was under treatment in London after suffering from a brain haemorrhage in 2010. She had undergone a brain surgery but did not fully recuperate and hence went into coma.

The Lollywood actress was born in 1938 in Aligarh, starting her film career in 1950, and was rewarded with the prestigious Nigar Award four times.

She acted in over 80 Pakistani films including super hits like ‘Saheli’, ‘Qaidi’, ‘Naila’ and ‘Anarkali’. Afterwards, she tried her luck in direction in 1976 while directing super hit films like ‘Playboy’, ‘Miss Istanbul’ and ‘Munda Bigrra Jaye’.

Her first film ‘Kunwari Baywa’ did not yield much success at the box office, but the role gained her a lot of respect. Shortly after that, she got a string of hit films under her name, such as ‘Devdas’, ‘Doraha’, ‘Humraaz’ and other films.

Ara’s contribution was not only limited as an actor but she had also contributed as a director and producer to the film industry of Pakistan. She had been living with her son in London during her last days. President Mamnoon Hussain expressed deep condolence over her death.

He said that the Ara’s contribution towards the Pakistani film industry would be long remembered, according to a statement issued by the President House. He also prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace and extended his condolences to the bereaved family as well.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also expressed his deepest condolences on Ara’s demise.

He prayed to the Almighty to bless the departed soul with eternal peace and grant courage to her family to bear this irreparable loss, according to a statement issued by the PM House. He said the late film actress played a vital role in the development of the film industry in Pakistan through her immeasurable talent. “Pakistan has lost a great asset and her contribution towards the promotion of film industry will always be remembered,” said the prime minister.

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