Veteran Bollywood actress Tabassum, who hosted the iconic TV series Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan on Doordarshan for two decades, died of massive cardiac arrest on November 18. She was 78 years old.
Rushed to a private hospital after suffering chest pains, Tabassum breathed her last around 8:40 p.m.
She is survived by her son Hoshang and other relatives, including her brother-in-law and actor Arun Govil, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader.
“His funeral rites were also completed late on the 18th,” Hoshang told IANS.
He described her as in perfect health and her sudden departure left the family in shock.
Tabassum was married to Vijay Govil, the older brother of film and TV actor Arun Govil – who portrayed the character Lord Rama in the epic series Ramayana (1987) and previously as King Vikramaditya in another cult series, Vikram Aur Betaal (1985), both directed by Ramanand Sagar.
Born in 1944 in Mumbai as Kiranbala to freedom fighter Ayodhyanath Sachdev and writer-journalist Asghari Begum, the radiant and chubby Tabassum made her debut as a child actress at the age of 3 with the film Nargis (1947), and two other films the same year Mera Souhaar and Majdhaar.
Over the years, she became one of the biggest child stars, then as a bubbly teenager and later in older character roles in more than three dozen films.
Some of the major films she acted in included: Badi Behen (1949), Jogan (1950), Deedar, Baharand Afsana (1951), Baiju Bawra (1952), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Dharmaputra (1961), Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Houn (1963), Ganwar, Bach tray, Heer Ranjha and Johny Mera Naam (1970), Ladki Pasand Hai, Adhikaar, Tere Mere Sapneand player (1971), maa, Behen Aur Biwi (1974), Naache Mayuri and Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986), and his last film, swarg (1990).
Veteran Bollywood director-producer A. Krishnamurthi and her close friend of more than five decades have described her as “a very cultured person, devouring newspapers or magazines and books, an intelligent and aware person”.
“Tabassum always made an interesting conversationalist, who could speak knowledgeably on a wide range of topics. Apart from Bollywooda, I also found her always concerned about social issues, others, their well-being or well-being. be,” Krishnamurthi told IANS.
It was during the nascent days of Doordarshan in India during the black and white era and Tabassum shone tremendously on the legendary show, Phool Khile Hain, Gulshan Gulshan (PKHGG).
The show brought top movie stars and celebrities straight into people’s living rooms and it was one of the biggest popular shows on DD at the time, taking place for a staggering two decades from 1972.
According to veteran Bollywood journalist Jivraj Burman, Tabassum never played leading roles in movies, but she had stiff competition from other child actresses of the time like Baby Naaz and Daisy Irani.
“However, she has remained in the limelight due to her lively and lively personality, portraying mischievous roles or even as ‘saheli’, ‘behen’, ‘beti’, ‘bhabhi’, classmate, soul mate, hero or heroine of the movie,” Burman said.
Tabassum had good relationships with actresses like Suraiya, Meena Kumar, Madhubala, Nargis, but was particularly pals with actress Shammi (Nargis) Rabadi, who was married to prominent filmmaker Sultan Ahmed, he recalled.
She achieved national fame with Phool Khile Hain.. – the ancestor of several similar celebrity shows which came much later and were hosted by Simi Garewal or Karan Johar and others, and also starred in a few other TV series like Pyaar Ke Do Naam, Ek Radha Ek Shyam (2006) and Special Ladies (2009), broadcast on private television channels.
In the mid-1980s, Tabassum became a producer to launch her son Hoshang in Tum By Hum Qurbaan (1985), when she also introduced a rib tickler John PR Janumala to Bollywood – known to the world as Comedy Superstar Johny Lever.
Saddened to learn of the death of the veteran actress #Tabassum ji… A star in her own right, her TV show – #PhoolKhileHainGulshanGulshan – was extremely popular in the 1970s and 1980s… Heartfelt condolences to his family… Om Shanti 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/DXB2g41qAL
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Bollywood director Madhur Bhandarkar, known for directing films like Chandni Bar, page 3and Fashionoffered his condolences to the departed soul.
‘Sad to hear of the passing of veteran actress and presenter Tabassum ji. As a kid, we used to watch her famous show on @DDNational’Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan‘. My sincere condolences to his family and admirers. #OmShanti,” he tweeted.
Actress-turned-politician Nagma also reacted to the death of the veteran actress. She wrote on Twitter: “Extremely sorry to hear this news. Pray to God that his soul rest in peace. Also pray that God will give strength to his family for this grave loss. #Tabassum Ji #RIP”.
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