Thursday, December 5, 2013


Nimmi  was born on 18 Feb 1933 at Agra as 'Nawab Banoo'.Her mother was a noted actress and singer by name 'Wahidan'  in Bollywood films during 30's but unexpectedly  she died when Nimmi was only nine years old.
Her father was staying at Meerut where he was a military contractor.After the death of her mother she went and stayed with her grandmother in 'Abbottebad'.They settled in Bombay after partition of India.
Her mother was in good terms with film maker Mehboob Khan and because of that  affection he invited Nimmi to watch the shooting of his film 'Andaz' at Centra Studios  and at the film studio she met 'Raj Kapoor'.
Raj Kapoor was on the lookout of a  second female lead for his upcoming film project 'Barsat' in which 'Nargis' was to play the lead role.Nimmi was cast to act the second lead female role which was  of a shepherd girl who falls in love with a city man.The role drew much attention and love  from the audience and the film was a super hit.The songs were also mesmerizing.Actor Prem Nath acted opposite her  in this film and both of them received much accolades.
Nimmi acted opposite top heroes of that period.

Nimmi acted opposite Raj Kapoor in film 'Banwara'.
With Dev Anand she paired in films 'Sazaa and Aandhiyan'.
With Dileep Kumar she acted  in films 'Deedar(51)  Daag(52),Amar,Aan,Uran Khatola'   which were all  successful films.
In the film Amar she played the role of a Poor milkmaid.
Aan was the first Techni colour feature film of India and it was  made by Mehboob Khan.It was a big budget film which was released world wide.The title of the English version was 'Savage Princess'.During that period Nimmi got appreciation from Western countries also for her nice portrayal of the character in that film.
Nimmi produced the film 'Danka'(54) which was also a box office success.She also acted in that film.
In the film 'Uran Khatola' she paired with Dilip Kumar and it was the biggest box office hit of her career.
Basant Bahar(56) and Bhai Bhai(57) were also super hit films.
Rajendra Kumar,Sadhana,Ashok Kumar and Nimmi were the main  actors of 1963 film 'Mere Mehboob'.It was a block buster film and the highest box office hit of that year. 
She acted as  second lead female roles of certain  top heroines i  films and such films of  Madhubala,Suraiya,GeetaBali,Meena Kumari etc. were all successful films  Some of them are  'Amar,Usha Kiran,Shamma,Char Dil Char Rahein.
Nimmi was also a singer and for the film 1951 film 'Bedardi' she sang the songs for her character in that film herself, but later she never sang songs for films.
She married screenwriter S.Ali Raza and he died in 2007 following a heart attack.
Nimmi at present stays alone in her apartment at Juhu,Mumbai.

Selected Filmography

Badi Bahu
Usha Kiran
Alif Laila
Pyase Nain
Uran Khatola
Char paise
Bhagavat Mahima
Bhai Bhai
Chotte Bahu
Pehli Raat
Char Dil Char Rahhein
Mere Mehboob
Pooja Ke Phool

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