Lahore:Veteran Pakistani film actress Neelo died in hospital on saturday .she was 81. Neelo was admitted to a private hospital three weeks ago due to some ailments.she was born as cynthia Alexander Fernandes in bhera city of Sargodha district on june 3,1940. she was born in christian family .she adopted the name of Abida Riaz after her merriage with director riaz shahid .
Neelo is the only Pakistani actress to have worked in a popular HollyWood film , Bhowani junction ‘– Starring Ava Gardener and Stewart Granger , which also marked her film about .Neelo began her career with Bhowani Junction in 1956. she was 12 years old . HollyWood film shot in and arround Lahore .she got her big breakthrough in Pakistani films when she performed on the song Aye mausam ,rangily suhany , in the film saat lakh in 1957 with music by the renowned music director rasheed Attre .
Biography of Neelo:
she then started working in local films a junior and gradually rose from playing second-lead roles to a leading lady .However ,it was her charecter in the film Zarqa that proved to be her breakthrough . Neelo worked in Urdu and Punjabi films and won several Nigar Awards for her acting as well as two for the best producer and best film . she essayed the title role of a Palestinian freedom fighter that made Zarqa the first diamond jubilee film of Pakistan and is regarded as one of the best films in the country .
taking to social networking Website , Twitter , her son and Lollywood star Shan Shahid confirmed that his mother Neelo Begum has passed away .
He wrote , it is with the saddest of heart I share the departure of my mother as has gone to her creator .May ALLAH bless her .
Sources said that she had been suffering from cancer since long .