Shyama

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Shyama
Shyama in Chhoo Mantar.jpg
Shyama in 1956 film Chhoo Mantar
Born Khurshid Akhtar
(1935-06-07)7 June 1935
Lahore, Punjab, British India (now Pakistan)
Died 14 November 2017(2017-11-14) (aged 82)
Mumbai, India
Cause of death Lung infection
Burial place Badakabarastan, Marine Lines, Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active (1945-1980)
Notable work

Tarana (1951 film)

Aar Paar (1954)

Sharada (1957 film)

Barsaat Ki Raat (1960)
Spouse(s) Fali Mistry (1953–1979; his death)
Awards Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress (1958)

Shyama (born Khurshid Akhtar; 7 June 1935 – 14 November 2017) was an Indian film actress. She was active between 1945-80. She is best known for her roles in Aar Paar (1954).

Life and career

Birth

She was born in Lahore on 7 June 1935 into a Muslim family and was named Khurshid Akhtar.

Career

Shyama arrived in Mumbai from Lahore in the 1940s. As a young girl, she acted in a few films such as Noor Jehan's husband Shauqat Rizvi's Zeenat (1945) and Meerabai (1947).[1]

Director Vijay Bhatt gave her the stage name Shyama, by which she is credited in her movies. She had starring roles in Guru Dutt's classic Aar Paar, and later in Barsaat Ki Raat, which was perhaps her best performance. She was a major star in the 1950s and 1960s and acted in more than 150 movies, many in starring roles. During the period 1952-60, she appeared in as many as 80 films, mostly in leading roles. In 1963, she had as many as 18 releases and in 1964 she had 17 releases.

Her best known roles were in Aar Paar (1954), Barsaat Ki Raat (1960) and Tarana. She was also noticed for her versatility through her performances in Milan, Bhai-Bhai (1956), Mirza Sahiban (1957), Bhabhi (1957) and Sharda. For her performance in Sharada (1957 film), she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She was the actress in late 50s who has been most responsive to the rhythm and lyrics of the music directors and poets. Songs picturised on her such as "Ae Dil Mujhe Bata De", "O Chand Jahan Wo Jaye", "Ae Lo Main Hari Piya", "Dekho, Wo Chand Chhup Ke Karata Hai Kya Ishare", "Chhupa Ke Meri Aankhon Ko", Sun Sun Zalima and "Ja Re Ka Re Badara" are examples of her sensitive acting. She did a double role in Do Bahen (1959), portraying twins who were completely different in character.

She quoted in an interview: "I never needed to be taught [about acting]... I was confident and didn't need to think too much." She believed stars are born and not made.[2]

Johnny Walker and Shyama had worked in films such as Choo Mantar, Aar Paar, Musafir Khanna, Khota Paisa and Khel Khilari Ka.[3]

In later years, her memorable roles came in films of Rajesh Khanna such as Masterji and 'Ajanabee (1974 film) and others such as Sawan Bhadon and Dil Diya Dard Liya.

Personal life

She was married to cinematographer Fali Mistry in 1953. Her husband was a Parsi (Zoroastrian) from Gujarat, India. They kept the marriage secret for as many as 10 years because of the fear that Shyama's career would suffer if her marriage became known; in those days, it was thought that the fan following of female stars became less as soon as they married. The marriage was revealed to the public shortly before the birth of their first child, their elder son. The couple had three children, two sons, Faroukh and Rohinton, and a daughter Shirrin. Fali Mistry died in 1979, thereafter she continued to stay in Mumbai.[4]

Shyama's close friends were actress Ameeta (another muslim actress from Lahore) and Johnny Walker. Nasir Khan, Johnny Walker's son, expressed his grief on hearing the news. In an interview with Mid-Day, he said, "It's really disheartening to know about the demise of Shyama aunty. She had done several films with my father and in a lot of them she was opposite him also. In fact, in the film that was made on his name "Johnny Walker", she was the heroine with him. [5]

Death

Shyama died on 14 November 2017 due to a lung infection at the age of 82.[citation needed] She is buried at Badakabarastan, Marine Lines.[citation needed]

Selected filmography

  • Payal Ki Jhankar (1980)
  • Khel Khilari Ka (1977) - Mrs. Khairatilal
  • Khel Khel Mein (1975)
  • Sewak (1975)
  • Ajanabee (1974)
  • Naya Din Nayi Raat (1974) - Brothel Madame
  • Honeymoon (1973) - Laxmi Choudhary
  • Prabhat (1973) - Champabai
  • Suraj Aur Chanda (1973)
  • Gomti Ke Kinare (1972)
  • Shaadi Ke Baad (1972) - Basanti's mother
  • Zindagi Zindagi (1972) - Meeta's chachi (aunt)
  • Kangan (1971)
  • Sawan Bhadon (1970)
  • Mastana (1970) - Mrs. Dhanraj
  • Beti (1969) - Kamla Verma
  • Aag (1967)
  • Milan (1967)
  • Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966) - Mala
  • Janwar (1965) - Seema
  • Ji Chahta Hai (1964)
  • Bahurani (1963) - Nautch girl
  • Ghar Basake Dekho (1963)
  • Zabak (1961)
  • Barsaat Ki Raat (1960) - Shama
  • Apna Ghar (1960)
  • Duniya Jhukti Hai (1960)
  • Chhoti Bahen (1959) - Shobha
  • Chandan (1958) Bus Conductor (1959) Asha Devi
  • Lala Rukh (1958)
  • Panchayat (1958)
  • Taqdeer (1958)
  • Bandi (1957) - Shankar's Wife
  • Bhabhi (1957) - Tara
  • Hill Station (1957)
  • Johnny Walker (1957)
  • Mai Baap (1957)
  • Mirza Sahiban (1957) - Sahiban
  • Sharada (1957) - Chanchal ..... Won, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
  • Suvarna Sundari (1957)
  • Bhai-Bhai (1956)
  • Chhoo Mantar (1956) - Sawli
  • Makkhee Choos (1956)
  • Bhagwat Mahima (1955)
  • Khandaan (1955)
  • Musafirkhana (1955)
  • Aar Paar (1954) - Nikki
  • Darwaza (1954)
  • Dhoop Chhaon (1954)
  • Laadla (1954)
  • Majboori (1954)
  • Pensioner (1954)
  • Pilpili Saheb (1954)
  • Savdhan (1954)
  • Shart (1954)
  • Char Chand (1953)
  • Dil-E-Nadan (1953)
  • Shyama (1953)
  • Suhag Sindoor (1953)
  • Thokar (1953)
  • Aasmaan (1952)
  • Shrimati Ji (1952)
  • Sazaa (1951) - Kamini
  • Tarana (1951) - Sheela
  • Dolti Naiya (1950)
  • Jan Pahchan (1950)
  • Nili (1950)
  • Nishana (1950)
  • Naach (1949)
  • Patanga (1949)
  • Roop Lekha (1949)
  • Shabnam (1949)
  • Shair (1949)
  • Zeenat (1945)

References

  1. ^ https://www.cinestaan.com/articles/2017/nov/14/9265/shyama-star-of-guru-dutt-s-aar-paar-dies-at-82
  2. ^ https://thereel.scroll.in/857799/i-believe-that-a-star-is-born-hindi-film-actress-shyama-1935-2017
  3. ^ http://m.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/aar-paar-actor-shyama-is-dead-at-82/story-yrtnVdy5BgKeyi4R74q3oL.html
  4. ^ "Shyama's Interview". Cineplot. 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.india.com/showbiz/barsaat-ki-raat-actress-shyama-passes-away-at-the-age-of-82-due-to-acute-lung-infection-2633730/
  • Shyama Profile Cineplot

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