The sudden death of veteran film and TV actress Rita Bhaduri left fans in a state of complete shock. The actress, who was last seen in the serial Nimki Mukhiya, breathed her last on Tuesday after kidney ailment. The funeral took place in Andheri, Mumbai where family and celebrities from the television world were seen in attendance. Rita Bhaduri was admitted at an ICU for the past 10 days in Mumbai but got cardiac arrest at about 1.45 am.
Popular actor Satish Shah attended the funeral and bid an emotional farewell to the actress.
Actor Shishir Sharma confirmed the news by posting on Facebook, “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 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.”
Rita Bhaduri has worked in many TV shows, including Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, Kumkum and Amanat. Her films credit included Hero No 1, Virasat, Raja, Julie, Beta, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar and many other films.
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Last rites of #ritabhaduri #rip . A very close friend of her #shaheenraaj shared this with me today morning: It was a real shock for me as this bubbly girl was a very noble soul like her mother Chandrima Bhadhuri and of course a very talented actress. May God - The Almighty bless her soul and let her soul rest in peace in her heavenly abode. I knew her since we were in school as school mates in St.Thomas High School Goregaon she was a very brilliant student as well n one year senior to me in school she even worked in one of serial for which I was the PRO her untimely demise has come like a big blow to me. And last but not the least she was s very good human being 🙏🙏🙏🙏 @viralbhayani
She was from the 1973 batch of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and her batch included actress, Zarina Wahab.
Actress Zarina Wahab, who lost a friend in actor Rita Bhaduri, said she was trying to meet the actor but to no avail. In an interview with Hindustan Times , Zarina said, “Rita Bhaduri was the prettiest lady in our batch. I don’t know what to say now. I am in shock after hearing the news of her demise.”
Zarina said she was unaware about Rita’s health issues. Zarina last met Rita at a FTII function. “Rita looked distinctly weak but did not discuss her health. It is extremely shocking and sad that my friend is no more. My problem is compounded by the fact that since early morning, I am tied at SJ studio (Saki Naka) for a film shoot and cannot go to see her even now. I will miss her a lot,” Zarina added.
Several other actors, including Anil Kapoor who worked with Rita in beta, took to social media and expressed their shock and grief:
#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...— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) July 17, 2018
Rita Bhafuri has been a part of more than 70 films and has worked in many popular TV shows. From playing a motherly figure to tickling the funny bones, Rita has been versatile throughout her acting career.