Film and TV celebs mourn Rita Bhaduri’s death


MUMBAI: Celebrities including Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, and Riteish Deshmukh paid emotional tributes to veteran actress Rita Bhaduri, who passed away on Tuesday. They remembered her as one of the finest talents to emerge from the FTII and described her as a warm person who was full of life.

Rita, 62, breathed her last on Tuesday at a hospital where she had been admitted for over a week. She had a weak kidney and was undergoing dialysis.

The actress played a grandmother’s (Imarti Devi) role in her ongoing show, Star Bharat’s Nimki Mukhiya. She has also played supporting roles in films like Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Kya Kehna, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, and Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon, apart from having several appearances on the small screen.

Here is what a few celebrities had to say.

Anil Kapoor: Rita Bhaduri was one of the finest actresses that FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) gave us. I had the honour of working with her in Ghar Ho to Aisa, Beta, and Viraasat, and I’m really saddened to hear about her passing. She will be dearly missed by her friends, family, and fans.

Anupam Kher: Rita Bhaduri was affectionate, helpful, jovial, bright, and full of life. It is sad and unfortunate that we sum up a person only when he or she is gone. I wish we had met more often. We have lost a very fine actress and a brand ambassador/alumni of FTII. Om Shanti.

Riteish Deshmukh: She was part of so many films that I grew up on. Will always remember her for the warmth in her smile and her performances. Condolences to the family and loved ones. RIP Rita Bhaduriji.

Shruti Seth: RIP Rita Bhaduri ma’am. Thank you for all the years of entertainment. May you shine with the stars now.

Vivek Dahiya: Woke up to this news. A brilliant actress and a quintessential mother on screen. Saddened and at a loss for words.

Ajaz Khan: The world of art has lost a kind soul. Rest in peace Rita Bhaduri. Your work will always be with us.

Pratik Gandhi: An artist never dies. I was fortunate to have worked with her in probably her last film. May her soul rest in peace.

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