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RIP Vidya Sinha: Heres looking at her notable films like Rajnigandhaa’, ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ and more | Hindi Movie News

Veteran Bollywood actress Vidya Sinha, famed for her role in Basu Chatterjee’s 1974 film ‘Rajnigandha’, passed away after a brief lung-cum-heart ailment here on Thursday, family sources said.
She was 71 and breathed her last at a private hospital in Juhu where she was rushed last Sunday after severe breathing problems.

Since her condition was critical she was put on a ventilator but failed to recover and expired around 1 pm, Thursday afternoon.

Currently, she was playing a prominent role in the television serial ‘Kulfi Kumar Bajewala’.

In between, Sinha had been missing from the serial on account of her illness but bounced back a few weeks ago till her sudden demise today.

A major figure in Bollywood in the 1970s-1980s, comfortably straddling both the commercial and alternate cinema, Sinha was noted for her sad and sombre roles as well as light and romantic films with many top actors of the era.

Gracefully sailing into senior roles in films and television, she was seen in teleserials that aired on various entertainment channels.

Born in Mumbai on November 15, 1947, to film producer Rana Pratap Singh, she started her professional career as a model and even won the Miss Bombay contest, catching the eye of renowned filmmaker Basu Chatterjee.

Though her first film was ‘Raja Kaka’ (1974), it was Chatterjee’s ‘Rajnigandhaa’ that year which catapulted her to fame, with the title song by Lata Mangeshkar still fresh in public memory. The film revolved around a girl who falls in love with a boy in college. As fate would have it, she moves to a different city only to be reunited with her ex-boyfriend. The story then captures the dilemma she has to face to choose between her past and current lovers.

‘Inkaar’ was another important crime thriller in which she was paired opposite the late actor Vinod Khanna and went on to become a hit film. It also marked the debut venture of director Raj N. Sippy and was considered to be in a league of its own that also helped boost the leading actor’s image and break away from his typecast.

Directed by Basu Chatterjee, the romantic comedy ‘Chhoti Si Baat‘ featured Vidya as a woman who is the subject of affection of two dashing young men. Amol Palekar played the character of a shy man who is in denial about being madly in love with Vidya’s character. However, things take a comical turn when the suave Asrani steps in to compete to win Vidya’s heart.

In 1978, she was back with another iconic film ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh‘ that co-starred Sanjeev Kumar and Ranjeeta Kaur. The film that was a comical take on extra-marital affairs, saw Vidya play the dutiful wife to Sanjeev’s character, who is up to no good when he pursues an extra-marital affair with his secretary by gaining her affection by lying that his wife is terminally ill. However, all hell breaks loose when he is finally confronted by both women.

The film that continues to be timeless, will soon be remade with Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday playing the three leading characters.

Among her many other notable works were films like, ‘Hawas’ (1974), ‘Mera Jeevana’ (1976), ‘Kitaab’ (both 1977), and Basu Chatterjee’s ‘Safed Jhooth’ (both 1978), a horror flick ‘Saboot’ (1980) and ‘Love Story’ (1981).

After taking a sabbatical from films, Vidya marked her big return with the Salman Khan box office mega-hit ‘Bodyguard’ that released in 2011. She played a supporting role in the film that saw her play Kareena Kapoor Khan’s on-screen mother.

On a personal front, she married Venkateshwaran Iyer in 1968 and were later blessed with a daughter, Jhanvi.

After Iyer’s death in 1996, she had quit acting for some time and later entered into wedlock with Netaji B Salunkhe, a doctor, in a temple ceremony.

They lived in a flat in Andheri West, but soon afterwards the marriage soured with her husband allegedly torturing her and demanding money, resulting in a police case which she subsequently won.

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