Published On: Thu, Aug 15th, 2019

‘Rajnigandha’ fame actress Vidya Sinha dead at 71

Mumbai: Veteran Bollywood actress Vidya Sinha, known for her role in Basu Chatterjee’s film “Rajnigandha” (1974), here on Thursday passed away after a brief lung-cum-heart ailment, family sources said.

In 1968, she was married to Venkateshwaran Iyer, and the couple has a daughter, Jhanvi

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 had been put on a ventilator but failed to recover and expired around 1 pm.

Currently, she was playing a prominent role in the television serial “Kulfi Kumar Bajewala” on a private channel.

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

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

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, making her mark in the industry though she entered it post-marriage.

In 1968, she was married to Venkateshwaran Iyer, and the couple has a daughter, Jhanvi.

After Iyer’s death in 1996, she had quit acting for some time and entered into a 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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