"She had dementia leading up to Alzheimer's"
Seema Deo, who acted in over 80 Hindi and Marathi films, sadly passed away on August 24, 2023. She was 81 years old.
The yesteryear actress was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and other age-related ailments.
Among Bollywood classics, Seema is known for her role in Anand (1971). The film featured Rajesh Khanna as the positive, outgoing Anand Seghal/Jaichand.
In Anand, Seema plays Suman Kulkarni.
Seema plays the role with tenderness and sensitivity. Her character is a strong support to Anand, in his final months.
Seema also starred in classics such as Koshish (1972) and Kora Kagaz (1974).
She is known for her work opposite her husband Ramesh Deo, who died in 2022.
Her son, director Abhinay Deo, who helmed the acclaimed film Delhi Belly (2012), explained the circumstances of Seema’s death:
“She passed away at 8:30-9 am at her residence in Bandra due to old age.
“She had dementia leading up to Alzheimer’s and she was suffering from it for over three years.
“Due to Alzheimer’s and dementia, the person forgets how to walk. The muscle memory starts coming down and one by one, the organs start shutting down.”
Ajit Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, paid tribute to Seema:
“The death of veteran actress Seema Deo has brought to an end a golden chapter in Marathi and Hindi cinemas.
“Today, we lost an actress who ruled the hearts of moviegoers for six decades with her performances on screen.”
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said:
“Veteran actress Seema Deo, who made a mark in the Marathi and Hindi entertainment worlds with her acting prowess.
“She was adored by fans of Marathi cinema and played memorable roles in several films that are loved to this day.
“She passed away at the age of 81. She did remarkable work in Marathi and Hindi cinemas, leaving her fans and admirers in awe.
“She worked in about 80 Hindi and Marathi movies.
“Her roles in films like Jagachya Pathivar, Molkarin, Suvasini, Haa Mazha Marg Eklaa, Anand, Koshish have been appreciated across generations.
“She won over her fans with her effortless elegance in the roles and the ability to bring her characters to life.”
“With her death, we have lost a towering figure in our film industry. I join the Deo household in mourning the actor.”
While looking back on her career, Seema Deo credited her mentor Raja Paranjape. She said at the time:
“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.”
Audiences will surely remember Seema for the grace and elegance she brings to the Indian screen.
Seema Deo is survived by Abhinay and her other son, actor Ajinkya Deo.