Veteran TV and film actress Rita Bhaduri has died at the age of 62 after being in a hospital a week ago. Rita was brought to Mumbai’s Sujay Hospital in Vile Parle as she fought a weak kidney and was on dialysis.
“She died at around 1.30 a.m. and her family members took her body from the hospital at around 4 a.m.,” IANS reported a source close to the family..
With a career spanning over five decades, Rita played important supporting parts in movies like Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Kya Kehna, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar and Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon. She also featured in Gujarati movies.
Her notable TV shows included Hasratein, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Khichdi, Ek Nayi Pehchaan, Amanat, Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka and Kumkum. She was particularly popular for playing roles of a mother or grandmother. More recently, she had acted in TV series Nimki Mukhiya, where she was seen as a Imarti Devi, the grandmother of the house.
Actor Shishir Sharma took to his Facebook account to share the news of Rita’s demise.
“We deeply regret to inform you that Rita Bhaduri has departed for her journey beyond… Extremely sad. Lost a wonderful human being… A mother to many of us. Will miss u Ma,” he wrote.
Sharma informed that the actress’ funeral rites will be held on Tuesday at 12 noon at the Cremation Ground, Parsi Wada Road, Parshiwada, Chakala, Andheri East.
Zarina Wahab, who was her FTII batch mate, told India Times website, “Rita Bhaduri was the prettiest lady in our batch. I don’t know what to say now. I am in a shock to here the news of her demise. I was constantly trying her phone for the last 5 days but there was no response. I was unaware about her bad condition.
Her death comes just a week after another popular TV actor Kavi Kumar Azad from popular TV show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma died.