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Murh murh ke... girl dead
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Nadira Mumbai, February 9
Veteran actress Nadira died of cardiac arrest here this morning. She was 75.
She lived alone with her maid servant. The end came early this morning at the Bhatia Hospital in downtown Mumbai where Nadira had been hospitalised for the past fortnight following a paralytic stroke.

The actress had been in coma for some days, according to information available from the hospital.

Born as Farhat Ezekiel Nadira in a Jewish household in Baghdad, the actress who migrated to Mumbai at a young age.

She is best remembered for her role in Raj Kapoor’s “Shri 420” where the number “Murh, murh ke na dekh” was picturised on her.

She went onto essay roles in several big films of the 1950s and 1960s before taking up character roles in the late 1970s.

As the years caught up with her, Nadira gradually slipped away into the background though she did the occasional role till five years ago.

Nadira acted in over 60 films starting off with the Mehboob Khan-directed “Aan”, and featured in classics like “Waris”, Kamal Amrohi’s “Pakeezah”, “Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi”, “Saagar” and “Amar Akbar Anthony”.

She won the Filmfare award in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in “Julie” (1975).

“Josh” in 2000 was Nadira’s last outing as an actress in a Bollywood film. She had also featured in Ismail Merchant’s English flick “Cotton Mary” (1999) and Pooja Bhatt’s “Tamanna” (1997).

Nadira, a spinster, is survived by two brothers — one in the US and the other in Israel.

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