Veteran Bollywood and Marathi film actress Seema R. Deo – who enacted a key role in the superhit 1971 film ”Anand”, passed away at 81.

The news was made public by the family on Thursday, 24 September, who revealed that the actor suffered from prolonged illness.

Seema Deo and Amitabh Bachchan Image: Twitter

She had dementia leading up to Alzheimer’s and she was suffering from it for over three years

Born in 1942 in Mumbai, birth name (Nalini Saraf), Seema Deo began her professional journey as an actor with the film titled ”Miya Bibi Razi” released in 1960.

However, she rose to fame for her role as Suman Kulkarni in ”Anand”, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna as the main leads, in which her real-life husband Ramesh Deo essayed the role of her reel husband.

Later, she rose to prominence for her roles in the films ”Kora Kagaz” and ”Naseeb Apna Apna” .Apart from appearing in Hindi films, she was also a renowned Marathi actress, She appeared in over 80 movies throughout her career. Seema Deo was last seen in the Marathi film ”Jivan Sandhya” in 2021.

Seema Deo acted in nearly 90 Hindi and Marathi movies in a career spanning over six decades from the black-and-white to the colour era of the Indian film industry.

”Anand” movie still Image: Twitter

In 2017, Seema Deo attended an event in Pune, wherein she opened up about her career and said that she owed it to her guru Raja Paranjape. She said, “Whatever I could achieve in my career, it’s all because of my guru Raja Paranjape. He not only taught me to act but also trained me so rigorously that it became very natural.”

Seema Deo’s son Abhinay Deo opened up about his mother’s medical condition back in 2020. He wrote on his social media handle,

“My mother Shrimati Seema Deo, doyen of Marathi film industry, is suffering from Alzheimer’s. We, the entire Deo family, have been praying for her well-being, wish whole of Maharashtra who loved her so much also pray for her well being.”

She will always be remembered for her exceptional acting and charisma.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.