The actress reportedly breathed her last at her residence in Mumbai. An official statement from her family is still awaited.
Shashikala has featured in over 100 films, essaying several pivotal parts. She earned a lot of accolades for her performance of a negative role in ‘Aarti’ (1962), co-starring Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar, and Pradeep Kumar. She is also remembered for her performance in hits like ‘Khubsoorat’, ‘Anupama’ and ‘Ayi Milan Ke Bela’ to name a few.
Shashikala had worked with Shah Rukh Khan also in a few films. She played SRK’s mother in ‘Badshah’, while she was also seen in a special appearance in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…!’. The veteran actress essayed the role of Salman Khan’s grandmother in ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’, which also featured Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra in pivotal roles. Remembering the veteran actress Ronit Roy shared on Twitter, “Shashikala ji… RIP”.
In 2007, Shashikala was honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri award for her contribution to cinema. She was a disciple of Mother Teresa and led an elusive life.
The funeral of the ace actress will apparently be held in a church in Colaba.