She had been active first as top heroine and then as character actress for almost four and half decades, She acted in at least 140 movies.Shyama is most remembered for Bhabhi (1957) and Chhoti Bahen (1960). She had also won Filmfare Award as Best Supporting Actress was a reward for her performance in Sharada (1957),
Her real name was Khurshid Akhtar,and was born in Lahore, and started her journey as an actress in Noor Jehan's Zeenat (1945). Her most famous film Aar Paar became her biggest film.
Cable Quest deeply mourns her demise.