Veteran actor Tabassum, known for playing children’s roles and being the host of India’s first talk show, died at 78 due to cardiac arrest. According to reports, the Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan fame actor died earlier on Friday evening. As per her son Hoshang Govil, she suffered two cardiac arrests within the span of two minutes.

An Indian Express report quoted Hoshang saying, “She had gastro problem. Was admitted to a hospital here. She was later discharged but was admitted again yesterday. She had two cardiac arrests within two minutes”. He also said that she had been busy with shoots 10 days before her passing, and was due to shoot next week. “It happened all of a sudden”, he added.

Her demise was condoled by popular journalists, television personalities, and netizens on social media.

Tabassum’s health has been in the news in the past few years. Earlier in 2021, she was rushed to a hospital for COVID-19 related issues. Further, she was also rumoured to be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a speculation squashed by her son Hoshang.

She became a child celebrity in 1947 and was famous as ‘Baby Tabassum’. She also hosted talk show Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan, first talk show in India which ran from 1972 to 1993.

The Facts of the Matter

The entire Indian entertainment industry is mourning the loss of veteran Indian actor Tabassum who passed away earlier on Friday evening due to cardiac arrest. The 78-yeaer-old actor was doing well in her final days, and died due to sudden cardiac arrests. Her son Hoshang told media that she suffered two cardiac arrests in 2 minutes.

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2 Cardiac Arrests in 2 Minutes

Tabassum’s son spoke to Indian Express where he was quoted saying, “She passed away last night around 8.40 PM due to cardiac arrest at a hospital. She was absolutely healthy. We shot for our show 10 days ago. And were about to shoot again next week. It happened all of a sudden.”

“She had gastro problem. Was admitted to a hospital here. She was later discharged but was admitted again yesterday. She had two cardiac arrests within two minutes,” he added.

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Netizens Mourn Loss of Tabassum

Following her passing, netizens and celebrities broke ranks to express their shock and grief. Popular filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar took to Twitter and wrote, “Sad to hear the demise of Veteran Actress & Anchor Tabassum ji. As a kid we used to watch her famous show on @DDNational Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan. My heartfelt condolences to her Family Members & Admirers.”

Popular journalist and TV news editor Rajdeep Sardesai also condoled the death and tweeted, “The iconic Tabassum is no more: she gave us black and white Indian TV’s first star anchor: Phool Khile Hai Gulshan Gulshan. RIP 🙏”.

Other netizens also shared heartfelt tribute messages on Twitter to condole the child actor’s death.

The Life and Times of Tabassum (1944 – 2022)

Breaking into the world of cinema as a child artist, Tabassum was known as Baby Tabassum after starring in films including Nargis, Manjhdar, and Bari Behen, in the late 40s. As an adult, she starred in popular films like Chameli Ki Shaadi, Naache Mayuri, Gambler, Sur Sangam, and more. She also gained popularity by portraying Meena Kumari’s childhood in Baiju Bawra.

She became the face of talk shows in India by hosting India’s first celebrity talk show called Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan. The show ran from 1972 to 1993 on Doordarshan. She also hosted children’s show ‘Chulbuli Filmein Chatpati Gup Shup’ on Doordarshan.

She was also the editor of Grihalaxmi, a popular Hindi-language magazine.


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