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    Gulab Sitabo actor Farooq Zafar passed away at the age of 89 in Lucknow; Juhi Chaturvedi pays tribute

    Gulab Sitabo actor Farooq Zafar passed away. (Photo Credit: Instagram/@juhic3)

    Gulab Sitabo actor Farooq Zafar passed away. (Photo Credit: Instagram/@juhic3)

    Veteran actor Farooq Zafar, known for his performances in the films Gulabo Sitabo and Sultan, died at a Lucknow hospital on Friday (October 15). She was 89 years old.

    His elder daughter Mehru Jaffer said that her mother was unwell and was admitted to Sahara Hospital earlier this month.

    Mehru told PTI, “He was admitted to the hospital on October 4 due to difficulty in breathing. He was not keeping well. His lungs were unable to take in the oxygen given to him. He passed away around six in the evening.

    Zafar’s grandson Shaz Ahmed also shared the news of his demise on Twitter.

    He wrote, “My grandmother and freedom fighter’s wife, former MLC Mr. SM Zafar and veteran actress Mrs. Farooq Zafar passed away today at 7 pm in Lucknow.”

    His last rites will be performed on Saturday morning.

    Jaffer, who was one of the first radio announcers of Vividh Bharati Lucknow in 1963, began her on-screen journey with the 1981 classic Umrao Jaan, in which she played Rekha’s mother.

    She later appeared in a few TV shows, but received further acclaim in 2004 with Shah Rukh Khan starrer Swades.

    Some of her other notable performances were in the Aamir Khan-backed Peepli Live, in which she played a beedi-smoking mother-in-law, and the Salman Khan-led Sultan, in which she starred as the superstar’s uber-cool grandmother. . She also played the role of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s grandmother in the photograph.

    But her most memorable performance was as Fatima Begum, wife of megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s character, in Gulabo Sitabo, directed by Shoojit Sircar.

    In his interview with PTI, the actor expressed happiness over the praise for his scene-stealing performance in the film.

    “I heard that Begum baazi maar le jaye hai picture mein. (I have heard that Begum beats everyone in the film. This kind of praise about my character makes me happy,” she said in a June 2020 interview .

    In the film she played a 95-year-old wife to Bachchan’s 78-year-old Mirza, who awaits the death of her begum in order to own the abandoned mansion Fatima Mahal at the center of the conflict. But in the final moments of the film, Begum manages to unite Mirza in her own game.

    Screenwriter Juhi Chaturvedi, who wrote Gulabo Sitabo, paid tribute to Zafar.

    “Begum Chali Gayi Farooq ji, there was no one, and there will be no one like you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to join you. Please be safe in the other world of Allah. RIP #FarrukhJaffar #Begum #FattoBi #FatimaBegum #GulaboSitabo,” he wrote on Instagram along with a picture of the actor.

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    Zafar was married to journalist-politician Syed Muhammad Zafar and is survived by daughters – Mehru and Shaheen.

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