Updated: July 17, 2018 8:04:36 pm
Veteran actor Rita Bhaduri passed away on Tuesday morning. The actor, who was last seen as Imarti Devi in Star Bharat’s TV show Nimki Mukhiya, was 62. She was hospitalised from last 10 days and had been ailing for a while now.
Raazi actor Shishir Sharma took to his Facebook account to share the news of her demise. He wrote, “We deeply regret to inform you that Reeta Bhaduri has departed for her journey beyond. The funeral rites will be held on 17th July, Tuesday at 12 noon at the Cremation Ground, Parsi Wada Road, Parshiwada, Chakala, Andheri East. Extremely sad.. lost a wonderful human being .. a mother to many of us.. will miss u Ma…” Later he told indianexpress.com, “She had been ailing for a while now and was hospitalised 10 days before her demise.”
In her over three decades-long career in the entertainment industry, Rita acted in over 70 movies like Raja, Julie, Beta, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, and 30 TV shows including Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Choti Bahu, Kumkum, Khichdi and many others.
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Juhi Parmar, who played the lead role in Kumkum, shared, “I called her Rita Maa. She was such an adorable person and am completely heartbroken at this news. Even today, the entire team is like one big happy family. I just can’t believe that she has left us. I am not in town and it feels terrible that I won’t be able to see her for the last time. I still can’t stop crying thinking about her.”
Choti Bahu actor Rubina Dilaik recalled her times with Rita and told indianexpress.com, “We have not only lost a beautiful soul, a warm-hearted person but also a gem of an artist. The Choti Bahu team was planning to meet her for a month. But due to our work schedules, we did not manage to meet her. Today morning, when the news came, my heart sank with regret. I so wished I could have met her once. I will never forget the taste of her dhoklas. She used to religiously make it every month for the entire unit.”
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Anil Kapoor who shared the screen with Rita in three films, tweeted, “#RitaBhaduri was one of the finest actresses that #FTII gave us. I had the honour of working with her in Ghar Ho to Aisa, Beta & Viraasat & I’m really saddened to hear about her passing…She will be dearly missed by her friends, family & fans…”
Indraneil Sengupta might not have shot much with Rita in Nimki Mukhiya but the actor shared that he cherishes the time spent with her. He said, “It’s really sad that she’s not with us anymore and I know everyone from Nimki Mukhiya is grieving. Unfortunately, I did not have too many scenes with her so I didn’t get to shoot with her regularly. But from whatever time I got to spend with her, I always felt she was an inherently happy person. Always full of positive energy, always smiling. She used to bring food from home and share it with other actors. Most importantly, she never had an air of being a senior actor. She used to mingle with even the youngest of the cast and was really funny and naughty. She will be missed by one and all on our set.”
Shiwani Chakraborty, who plays Rekha in Nimki Mukhiya said, “I will really miss her. More than a co-actor, she was a great human being. She was a warm person and her smile was so vibrant. We used to talk for hours. I have learnt lot of things from her. One primary teaching being that you need to always be positive. She loved her work and encouraged us to do the same. It’s a really sad news for the entire team.”
After the news of the demise of the veteran actor broke out, the television industry expressed their condolences on social media. Actor Vivek Dahiya tweeted, “Woke up to this news! A brilliant actress and a quintessential mother on screen. Saddened and at loss of words! #RIP #RitaBadhuri.”
Salil Sand wrote, “It saddens me to inform you all that actress #RitaBhaduri is no more. Besides being a great actor, she was a great human being. May her soul rest in peace.” Actor Manoj Bajpayee tweeted, “भगवान स्वर्गीय रीता जी की आत्मा को शांती प्रदान करे।”
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