The actor was brought to a suburban Juhu hospital after she complained of breathlessness. She died in the evening, family sources told PTI.
"She was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon after she complained of breathlessness. She passed away this evening. She had been unwell for quite sometime. She had been in and out of hospital this year," the source added.
Nimmi was buried at a cemetery in Reay Road in Mumbai on Thursday afternoon.
The actor, born as Nawab Banoo, came to be known by her screen name 'Nimmi', which was given to her by film-maker Raj Kapoor, who first spotted her as a shy teen on the sets of his film "Andaz".
Raj Kapoor cast her as the second lead in 'Barsaat' in 1949. The film had three popular songs - 'Barsaat me hamse mile tum', 'Hawa me udta jaye' and 'Meri Patli qamar hai' - picturised on her.
After the success of 'Barsaat', there was no turning back for Nimmi.
Though the often played the second fiddle to the popular heroines of her era, she established herself in the roles of ill-fated lover or the feisty village belle.
Such was her popularity that an extended dream sequence was added in "Aan" as distributors felt her character dies too early in the film.
Inspired from William Shakespeare's play "Taming of the Shrew", the film had Nadia and Dilip Kumar in lead roles but Nimmi as village belle Mangala left a lasting impression on viewers mind.
The film released with the title 'Savage Princess' in England and in France as "Mangla, fille des Indes" (Mangla, the daughter of India).
Nimmi worked with top actors of her era, including Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Ashok Kumar in films "Sazaa", "Aan", "Uran Khatola", "Bhai-Bhai", "Kundan", "Mere Mehboob", "Pooja Ke Phool", "Akashdeep", "Love and God", which was her last film.
She left movies to get married to writer-director S Ali Raza, who passed away in 2007.
Mourning her death, actor Rishi Kapoor said, "RIP. Thank you Nimmi aunty for all the blessings and love for Bobby on its premiere release. You were part of the RK family. Barsaat was your first film. Allha aapko Jannat naseeb kare. Ameen."
RIP. Thank you Nimmi aunty for all the blessings and love for Bobby on its premiere release. You were part of the R… https://t.co/5Nj18EHhQ1— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) 1585159106000
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said, "You may win your hearts desire, but in the end you are cheated of it by death.” Goodbye Nimmiji".
“ You may win your hearts desire, but in the end you are cheated of it by death.” Goodbye Nimmiji 🙏 . Yesteryear’s… https://t.co/fPUeXu12Vy— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) 1585158370000
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1 Comment on this Story
Rajesh Kochhar292 days ago
The story contains factually incorrect statements. Hawa mein udta jaaye was not picturized on Nimmi. It is an item song picturized on a minor actressknown as Bimla Kumari. The thin waist in patli kamar hai is of dancer Cuckoo and not Nimmi.