Veteran Hindi actress Shashikala, aka Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal, passed away on Sunday (April 4) at her residence. Though it is said that she died due to age-related ailments, an official statement regarding the cause of death is yet to be released. Shashikala was 88 years old when she breathed her last. Shashikala was born in Solapur, Maharashtra on August 4, 1932, and she started her acting career at the young age of 5. Shashikala started to act in several stage plays as a child artist in her district and that gave her the confidence to venture into films. Shashikala was a recipient of the Padma Shri award (in 2007) and she was conferred with the National honour for her contribution to Indian cinema.

Shashikala's demise is indeed a big loss for the Indian film industry and notable personalities from the film industry are mourning the demise of the legendary actress. Priyanka Chopra took to her official Twitter page to express her heartfelt condolences. Priyanka wrote, "An actor par excellence, one of the greats of the golden era... she leaves behind an indelible mark on cinema. Honoured to have had the opportunity to work with her. Om Shanti #Shashikala ji". Similarly, actor Farhan Akhtar also took to his micro-blogging page to mourn the demise of Shashikala. Sharing a picture of her, the Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara actor wrote, "RIP Shashikala-ji. Condolences to the family.".

Shashikala's fans across the country are also sharing their condolence messages on social media. Shashikala was widely known for her versatile performances in several notable biggies. Some of the prominent works of actress Shashikala include Karodpati, Jugnu, Teen Batti Char Raasta, Patrani, Nau Do Gyarah, Rangeela Raja, Kanoon, Sujata, Hariyali Aur Rasta, Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke, Mera Qasoor Kya Hai, Jahan Ara, Ayee Milan Ki Bela, Apne Huye Paraye, Aap Ki Parchhaiyan, Himalay Ki God Mein, Pool Aur Patthar, Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare, Do Dilon Ki Dastaan, Devar, Neel Kamal, Woh Din Yaad Karo, Chhote Sarkar, Dulhan Wahi Jo Pia Man Bhaaye, Hamara Sansar, Khubsoorat, Rocky, Jyothi, Main Tere Liye, Lahoo Ke Do Rang, Baadshah, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Chori Chori, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, and more.

Shashikala has acted in more than 100 films and has also won several awards for her performances.