Veteran Bollywood actor Ava Mukherjee reportedly passed away at the age of 88. She breathed her last in Mumbai on January 15. The cause of her death is not known.

She was best known for portraying the character of Shah Rukh Khan’s grandmother in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’.

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Know more about her

  • Her acting career commenced in 1966 with the Bengali film Ram ‘Dhakka’, which was directed by Taru Mukherjee.
  • Besides this, she also worked as a copywriter in Kolkata, off-and-on writer and a translator.

“I am happy when children recognise me and call me Dadima.” – Ava Mukherjee

  • Mukherjee also did a brief role in Sunhil Sippy’s 2000 film ‘Snip!’
  • After that, she was seen playing the role of Shah Rukh Khan’s grandmother in ‘Devdas’ and rackes up positive reviews for her austerity.
  • Later, she was seen in Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Darna Zaroori Hai’.

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Lead character in a film

  • The only time Ava Mukherjee got a chance to play a lead character in any film was in her last one. Her daughter Romilla Mukherjee acted it. In Detective Naani (2009), Mukherjee plays Usha Dutt, a Miss Marple-like character whose amateur detecting skills help her bust a trafficking ring.

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Stint in television commercials

  • Ava Mukherjee is also known for her television commercials, especially the one that she did for the Himalaya Drug Company.

During one of her interviews, she had told The Hindu ,”I am happy when children recognise me and call me Dadima.”

Bollywood has definitely lost another gem. May her soul rest in peace.

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