Gulabo Sitabo’s Fatima Begum aka Farrukh Jaffar dies at 89

Lucknow: Veteran actor Farrukh Jaffar, recognized for her efficiency in movies “Gulabo Sitabo” and “Sultan”, died on Friday at a hospital right here. She was 89.

Her elder daughter Mehru Jafar stated her mom was unwell and was admitted to Sahara Hospital earlier this month.

“She was admitted to the hospital on October 4 due to breathlessness. She was not well. Her lungs were unable to take the oxygen that had been given to her. She passed away in the evening at around 6 pm,” Mehru informed PTI.

Jafar’s grandson Shaaz Ahmad additionally shared the information of her demise on Twitter.

“My grandmother and wife of Freedom fighter, Ex MLC Mr S.M.Jaffar and Veteran Actress Mrs Farrukh Jafar passed away today at 7 pm in Lucknow,” he wrote.

Her final rites can be carried out on Saturday morning.

Jaffer, who was one of many first radio announcers of Vividh Bharti Lucknow in 1963, started her on-screen journey with the 1981 traditional Umrao Jaan, during which she performed Rekha’s mom.

She later appeared in some TV reveals however discovered additional acclaim with the 2004 Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Swades”.

Some of her different notable performances have been in Aamir Khan-backed Peepli Live, during which she essayed the function of a bidi-smoking cantankerous mother-in-law and Salman Khan-led “Sultan”, during which she featured because the celebrity’s uber-cool grandmother. She additionally performed Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s grandmother in Photograph.

But her most memorable efficiency was because the fiesty Fatima Begum, spouse of megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s character in Gulabo Sitabo, directed by Shoojit Sircar. In her interview with PTI, the actor had expressed happiness over the reward for scene-stealing efficiency within the film.

“Maine suna ki Begum baazi maar le jaati hai picture mein. ( I have heard that Begum outruns everyone in the film). Such praise about my character makes me happy,” she had stated within the June 2020 interview.

In the movie, she performed a 95-year-old spouse to Bachchan’s 78-year-old Mirza who’s awaiting his Begum’s demise to lastly personal Fatima Mahal, the derelict mansion at the centre of the battle. But within the closing moments of the movie, Begum manages to one-up Mirza in his personal sport.

Screenwriter Juhi Chaturvedi, who penned Gulabo Sitabo, paid tributes to Jafar.

Begum is gone Farrukh ji, there was nobody, and there can be nobody such as you. Thank you from the underside of my coronary heart for permitting us to attach with you. Please keep protected within the different world of Allah. RIP #FarrukhJaffar #Begum #FattoBi #FatimaBegum #GulaboSitabo, she wrote on Instagram, alongside an image of the actor.

Jafar was married to journalist-politician Syed Muhammad Jaffar and is survived by daughters — Mehru and Shaheen. 


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