LAHORE-Iconic actress and film director who ruled Pakistani film industry’s golden era Shamim Ara Friday died of brain haemorrhage in London.

The actress was hospitalized for the last 6 years and had been living in London with her son after she suffered from the brain haemorrhage. Shamim Ara was born in 1938 in Aligarh, India and had worked as successful Pakistani film actress, film director and film producer.

Shamim Ara was born as Putli Bai in 1938 and later adopted Shamim Ara as film name and her career stretches from late 1950s to early 1970s. Some of the famous films of Shamim Ara including Naila (1965), Sangam (1964), Devdas, Naila, Hum Raaz, Do Raaha, Bhul. Pal Do Pal, Lakhon Mai Ek and Salgira.

Shamim Ara given Nigar Awards four times. She was the resident in Gulberg, Lahore and according reports she had a land dispute on Gulberg house property and she had gone through brain hemorrhage in 2010.

In a condolence message, the Chief Minister sympathized with the bereaved and prayed for the departed soul. Paying tribute to the artistic services of Shamim Ara, the Chief Minister said that she was a versatile artist and her movies are still very popular. He said that with the death of Shamim Ara, a beautiful chapter of acting has come to close and her services in the field of film industry will be remembered for a long time. Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad condoled the death of veteran actress Shamim Ara.

Actor Ghulam Mohiuddin talking to The Nation said that it was sad to know the sad demise of the legendry actress Shamim Ara. “Madam Shamim Ara had worked in some of the best movies of Pakistani film industry and she bravely fought with her illness for years and she always there to support junior artists and took care of the crew members,” he said. 

Ghulam Mohiuddin said governments should pay attention on the plight of artists and the question should be asked where was the government in all these years when Shamim Ara been hospitalized for many years. “No government took ownership to promote artists and culture and should present it as role models to society,” he said. 

She also worked with Noor Jahan in film Anarkali (1958) as Surayya in which she performed in Anarkali’s younger sister. Shamim Ara also worked in the ever green song Mujh Se Pehli Si Muhabbat Meray Mehboob Na Maang on a poem written by renowned Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz which was sung by Madam Noor Jehan. Her role in the then film Naila (1965), the first color film produced in the then West Pakistan. She also performed in two Punjabi movies including Jaidaad (1959) and Tees Maar Khan (1989).