The enchanting seductress swaying over the cult song ” Babuji Dheere Chalna” in the Guru Dutt classic “Aar Paar” is no more. Shakila the actress, who faded into the oblivion despite some great films and feisty roles, died due to a massive heart failure yesterday in Mumbai. She was 82.
Shakila exploded in the fifties with some great haunting numbers like “Babuji Dheere chalna ” Leke pehla pehla pyaar” and “Baar Baar Dekho, Hazaar baar dekho”. Shakila took the audience by the storm playing the nightclub dancer in the Guru Dutt starrer ” Aar Paar” released in 1954.
Dev Anand starrer “CID” (1956) was the biggest hit of her career. Guru Dutt repeated her in this film too, though she ended up playing the second fiddle to Waheeda Rehman. But, Shakila didn’t go unnoticed here too with another classic song ” Leke Pehla Pehla Pyaar” in her kitty.
She acted opposite big stars of that era like Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Kishor Kumar, and Shammi Kapoor. She acted in films like ‘Shriman Satyawadi’, ‘China Town’, ‘Post Box 999’, ‘Dastaan’, ‘Sindbad the Sailor’, ‘Rajrani Damyanti’, ‘Aagosh’, ‘Shahenshah’, ‘Raj Mahal’, ‘Armaan’, ‘Alibaba Aur Chaalis Chor’, ‘Lalpari’, ‘Roop Kumari’, ‘Hatim Tai’ and ‘Al-Hilal’.
‘Ustadon Ke Ustad’in 1963 was her last film. She got married and shifted to London.
The news of her death first came into notice, when actor – Nasirr Khan put the post on Facebook.
Incidentally, Shakila’s younger sister was married to Johnny Walker. Her nephew and Johnny Walker’s son Nasirr further quoted,
“Because of her age, she had kidney problems. She was diabetic. Recently, she had some cardiac problems also. All these things led to her demise. She passed away last night. As we can’t wait too long for a funeral in Islam, the burial happened today early in the morning.”
He also added, “She was a very jovial person, and because she and my dad worked together in Aar Par, they would talk a lot about cinema. On the film’s set my dad met her younger sister Noorjahan, and the two got married. Shakila aunty was very happy with the work she did, and was a content person. We will miss her much.”
The funeral was held today morning at the Mahim cemetery in Mumbai.