LONDON: The renowned film personality and veteran star Shamim Ara died at the age of 78, after losing to a prolonged illness in London on Friday.

The renowned film director, producer and actress Shamim Ara was under treatment in London after suffering from a brain haemorrhage in 2010. She had undergone a brain surgery but did not fully recuperate and went into coma.

The Lollywood actress was born in 1938 in Alighar, while she started her film career in 1950, and was rewarded with Nigar Awards four times.

She acted in over 80 Pakistani films including super-hits like Saheli (1960), Qaidi (1962), Naila (1965) and Anarkali (1958). Afterwards, she tried her luck in direction in 1976 while directing super-hit films like Playboy (1978), Miss Istanbul (1996) and Munda Bigra Jaye (1995).