Mumbai: Actor Ava Mukherjee, who played key roles in films like Devdas and Detective Naani, passed away on Monday. She was 88. The cause of the death is not known yet.
She ventured into acting in 1966 with the Bengali film Ram Dhakka, directed by Taru Mukherjee. Mukherjee also worked as a copywriter in Kolkata and as a translator.
Her movie career properly took shape around 2000 with a small role in Sunhil Sippy’s Snip! and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas. Mukherjee was in her seventies when she worked in these films. She also had parts in JD Chakravarthi’s Darna Zaroori Hain and Chapur Haghighat’s The Firm Land.
Mukherjee landed her first lead role only in her last film, directed by her daughter Romilla Mukherjee. In Detective Naani (2009), Mukherjee plays Usha Dutt, a Miss Marple-like character whose amateur detecting skills help her bust a trafficking ring.