Preeti Ganguly

17 May 1953
2 Dec 2012
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Preeti Ganguly (May 17, 1953 – December 2, 2012) was an Indian actress who played several comic roles inBollywood in the 1970s and 1980s. She was the daughter of veteran Indian actor Ashok Kumar, and part of theGanguly family. She is best known for her comic role as Freni Sethna, the die-hard Amitabh Bachchan fan in Basu Chatterjee’s Khatta Meetha (1978).

After she lost some 50 kg, her film roles dwindled and later in 1993, she started an acting school named after her father, ‘Ashok Kumar’s Academy of Dramatic Arts’ in Mumbai, where he also took film appreciation classes. Years later, she appeared in Emraan Hashmi starrer, Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005).

Actor Deven Verma is married to her elder sister Rupa Ganguly. Her brother, Aroop Kumar, appeared in only one film, Bezuban, released in 1962. Kishore Kumar, and actor Anoop Kumar are her uncles and her aunt is Sati Devi, married to Sashadhar Mukherjee (brother of Subodh Mukherjee) of the Mukherjee-Samarth family.

Preeti died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on December 2, 2012

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