Balaji Telefilm's Original Matriarch 'Baa' Dies Aged 77

The grand old lady of 'Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' passes away...
Balaji Telefilm's Original Matriarch 'Baa' Dies Aged 77

Veteran TV actress Sudha Shivpuri, who was fondly bestowed with the nickname 'Baa' after the immensely popular TV series Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahi Thi produced by Balaji Telefims, died yesterday at the ripe age of 77.

Sudha Shivpuri had become a household name on Indian television in the late '90s following the immense popularity of the show enamouring generations of fans who watched the serial. The actress was said to have been suffering from health issues which kept her away form the small screen and was recently admitted to a hospital in Andheri, Mumbai. 

Sudha was married to actor Om Shivpuri who passed away in 1990. She is now survived by her son Vineet and daughter Ritu who has acted in films like Aankhen and Elaan. 
 
While Kyunki... made 'Baa' a household name, Sudha's first stint with acting was in Basu Chatterjee's 1977 film Swami in which she played Shabana Azmi's mother. She also dabbled in several theatre productions, acting in several important plays, including Vijay Tendulkar's Khamosh! Court Jaari Hai. She shifted base from Delhi to Mumbai after marrying Om Shivpuri, who she'd met while doing plays and who himself is remembered for films like Namak Haram, Aandhi and Great Gambler. In Mumbai, Sudha went on to act in films like Insaaf Ka Tarazu and Sawan Ko Aane Do
 
It is unlikely that televisions buffs who grew up watching Kyunki...will forget the veteran actress She completely owned the character of 'Baa' and became the first grandmother of Indian television.

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