Actor Farrukh Jaffar, most recently seen playing Amitabh Bachchan’s wife Fatima Begum in Gulabo Sitabo, passed away on Friday in Lucknow. She was 88.
Farukh's grandson Shaaz Ahmad took to Twitter to share the news. He tweeted, “My grandmother and wife of Freedom fighter, Ex MLC Mr S.M.Jaffar and Veteran Actress Mrs Farrukh Jaffar passed away today at 7 pm in lucknow.”
My grandmother and wife of Freedom fighter, Ex MLC Mr S.M.Jaffar and Veteran Actress Mrs Farrukh Jaffar passed away today at 7 pm in lucknow . @Nawazuddin_S @amirkingkhan @priyankagandhi @RahulGandhi @ndtv @ndtvindia @TimesNow @RichaChadha @zainabsikander @ pic.twitter.com/Ijwb2rr56e
— Shaaz Ahmad (@shaaz79) October 15, 2021
Her elder daughter Mehru Jaffar said her mother 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 told a news agency. Her last rites will be performed today morning.
Farrukh was an Indian actress and radio presenter. Having begun her career with Vividh Bharti in 1963, she made a transition into acting with a supporting role in the 1981 film Umrao Jaan. Jaffar continued to act sporadically, and beginning in the late 2010s, gained wider recognition for working in a spate of critically successful films. At the age of 88, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Fatima Begum in Gulabo Sitabo, becoming the oldest winner of an acting Filmfare.