Veteran Bollywood actress Tabassum - who hosted the iconic television series "Phool Khile Hain, Gulshan Gulshan" on Doordarshan for two decades, has passed away following a massive cardiac arrest, her son Hoshang said here on Saturday. She was 78.

Rushed to a private hospital after she suffered chest pain, Tabassum breathed her last around 8.40 p.m. on Friday, he said.

She is survived by her son, and other relatives including her brother-in-law and actor Arun Govil, famous for playing Ram in Ramanand Sagar's TV serial "Ramayan".



"Her funeral rites were also completed late last night itself," Hoshang told.

“She passed away last night around 8.40 PM due to cardiac arrest at a hospital. She was absolutely healthy. We shot for our show 10 days ago. And were about to shoot again next week. It happened all of a sudden. She had two cardiac arrests within two minutes," informed her son.

In her career span, the veteran actress started her acting as a child actor in 1947. She began hosting the popular talk show 'Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan' in 1972 and continued till 1993 for over 19-20 years.

Tabassum made her film debut as a child actor with the veteran actress Nargis. She carved a niche for herself in a short span of time and starred in many films, including Mera Suhaag (1947), Manjhdhar (1947) and Bari Behen (1949). Later in Deedar (1951). Her last film appearance was in Swarg (1990).

The veteran actress was diagnosed with COVID-19 and spent 10 days in the hospital last year.