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Preeti Ganguly

  • Born: 17/05/1953 (..)
  • Died: 02/12/2012
  • Parents: Ashok Kumar , Shobha Devi

Perhaps best remembered for her comic role as Freny Sethna, the ardent Amitabh Bachchan fan in Khatta Meetha (1978), actress Preeti Ganguly acted in around 30 films in the course of her career. These include Dhuen Ki Lakeer (1974), Khel Khel Mein (1975), Ballika Badhu(1976), Khatta Meetha (1978), Aahuti (1978), Chor Ke Ghar Chor (1978), Thodisi Bewafai (1980), Kranti (1981), Uttar Dakshin (1987), and more recently the Emraan Hashmi-starrer Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005).

Daughter of Shobha Devi and acting great, Ashok Kumar, Preeti was born on 17 May, 1953. Following into the family profession, so to speak, she made her acting debut in Parinay (1974). In a career spanning from 1974 to 1988, she was mostly cast in comic roles; ironically, when she lost a considerable amount of weight, the roles dried up. She later started an acting school, Ashok Kumar's Academy of Dramatic Arts, in Mumbai where, at one point Shabana Azmi also lectured occasionally. 

Preeti Ganguly passed away in Mumbai on 2 December, 2012, following a cardiac arrest.