Veteran actress Shashikala breathed her last on 4 April. She was 88 years old and died of old age in Colaba, Mumbai. Shashikala had worked in more than a hundred Bollywood films. Shashikala was born in August 1932 in a Maharashtrian family belonging to Solapur. She was known for her work in films like Daku, Raasta.
Born in Solapur, Maharashtra Shashikala started working at an early age to support her parents. Shashikala was a renowned television and Bollywood actress.
Shashikala was a part of films like Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan’s Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, 1953 release Teen Batti Char Raasta, and 1968 film Teen Bahuraniyan. Some of her other films include Ayee Milan Ki Bela, Gumra, Sujata, and Aarti. Shashikala worked extensively in television and was a part of popular shows like Sonpari and Jeena Isi ka Naam Hai.
She played the mother of Shah Rukh Khan’s character in Baadshah, and was seen in a special appearance in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…!. .
For her contribution to Indian Cinema, Shashikala was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri award in the year 2007. In 2009, she had received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the V Shantaram Awards.
After having made it big in the industry by the end of the 1950s, the actress earned Filmfare awards for best supporting actress for Bollywood movies Aarti and Gumrah. She was then honoured with the fourth highest civilian award in the country, the Padma Shri in the year 2007 as per a website.
Shashikala famously played the supporting character parts in over 100 movies. She had earned a lot of appreciation for her performance in Aarti (1962), co-starring Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar, and Pradeep Kumar. She is also remembered for her roles in Khubsoorat, Anupama and Ayi Milan Ke Bela to name a few.
Shashikala has two daughters from her marriage with Om Prakash Saigal. Shashikala was last seen in the 2005 release Padmashree Laloo Prasad Yadav, wherein she portrayed the role of a South African witness.