Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri, who worked extensively in films and television shows, including the ongoing Nimki Mukhiya, died on Tuesday, said a source from the hospital where she was admitted for over a week.
Rita was at the Sujay Hospital in Vile Parle. She was fighting a weak kidney and was on dialysis.
"She died at around 1.30 am. and her family members took her body from the hospital at around 4 a.m.," the source told IANS.
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.
On the TV front, her credits include popular shows like 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.
In "Nimki Mukhiya", 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.
Friends and fans have been quick to pay tribute to the actor on Twitter
with inputs from IANS