Legendary filmstar Shamim Ara passes away

Lahore—Renowned actor, director Shamim Ara (1938-2016) breathed her last in London on Friday. The septuagenarian had been fighting for her life for nearly six years after a brain surgery had left her in a coma.
Making her film debut in 1956, the Aligarh-born diva of yesteryears acted in almost 90 movies and also made a name as one of the country’s most commercially successful film-makers.
Shamim Ara’s impact in Lollywood fraternity was very unique; she played the role of godmother to many of the female actors, who eventually became big names in the industry. Shamim Ara had a rather tumultuous journey as a star. 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, Humraz and other films.

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