Veteran actress Vidya Sinha, who worked in several Bollywood films and television industry breathed her last in Mumbai on 15th August 2019. The actress was rushed to hospital on 8th August and it was found that she was suffering from lung and heart disorders. She was on ventilator support at Criticare Hospital in Juhu, Mumbai. She was hospitalized after complaining of she complained of breathlessness. She was 72.
Vidya Sinha was born in Mumbai on 15 November 1947 to Rana Pratap Singh an Indian film producer, son-in-law of film director Mohan Sinha.
She began modelling and acting at the age of 18. She was Miss Bombay and modelled for several brands which led to her discovery by Basu Chatterjee. Her first movie, however, came after marriage - her debut was in Raja Kaka (1974) opposite Kiran Kumar.
She is known for her pleasant roles in various movies she acted during her active career life. She did 30 movie roles over a period of 12 years. Director Raj Sippy directed her for Josh (1981), in which she played a very sinister negative role; that of a gangster stealing coins from beggars.
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.
Among her other notable films were: "Hawas" (1974), "Chhoti Si Baat" (1975), "Mera Jeevana (1976), the crime-thriller "Inkaar", "Kitaab" (both 1977), "Pati, Patni aur Woh" and Basu Chatterjee's "Safed Jhooth" (both 1978), a horror flick "Saboot" (1980), "Love Story" and as a gangster in "Josh" (both 1981) and Salman Khan's mega-hit "Bodyguarda (2011).
Gracefully sailing into senior roles in films and television, she was seen in teleserials like "Kkavyanjali" (2005), "Haar Jeet" (2012), "Qubool Hai" (2012), "Isqh Ka Rang Safed" (2015), "Chandra Nandini" (2016) and lately in "Kulfi Kumar Bajewala" (2018 onwards), telecast 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, making her mark in the industry though she entered it post-marriage.
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.
"Inkaar" was another important crime thriller in which she was paired opposite the late actor Vinod Khanna and was a hit film.
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.