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Vidya Sinha
Born: November 15, 1947 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Vidya Sinha was an Indian actress, born in 1947 in Mumbai. She began her career as a model and was crowned Miss Bombay at the age f 18. Through her modeling work, she was discovered by the film director Basu Chatterjee. She made her debut with the movie Raja Kaka (1974) but she became a renowned face through Chatterjee`s film Rajnigandha (1974). Her career took off and she worked on more than 30 movies over a period of ten years. Her best known films include Choti Si Baat (1975) and Pati Patni Aur Woh (1977). She has worked alongside big names including Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Vinod Khanna, and Shabana Azmi. After a hiatus from acting, in the early 2000s, she returned to acting for television. Some of her TV shows include Bahu Rani (2000), Kavyanjali (2004) and Qubool Hai (2012-2015). Her last film was Salman Khan`s Bodyguard (2011). In August 2019, in a Mumbai hospital, Vidya passed away due to respiratory failure.
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Ajit Deol
Amol Palekar
Basu Chatterjee
Venkateshwaran Iyer
Netaji Salunkhe
Pratap A. Rana
Mohan Sinha
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Did You Know? (5)

  • Vidya Sinha left acting for a long period of time to raise her daughter since she did not want to miss out on her upbringing.
  • It was Vidya Sinha`s dream to work with Dilip Kumar. They were set to do a film together, directed by Nasir Hussain, but it did not work out.
  • Raj Kapoor offered the role of Satyam Shivam Sundaram to Vidya Sinha, but she did not take it, as she wasn`t comfortable wearing the clothes that Zeenat Aman wore.
  • Amol Palekar made his Bollywood debut opposite Vidya Sinha, and the two became close friends thereafter.
  • Amol Palekar painted a portrait of Vidya Sinha and gifted it to her.
  • Personal Quotes (5)

  • "I knew nothing about films, about acting, about camera, about lighting. Basu Chatterjee taught me from zero."
  • "My very first film, with no big star cast, was a big hit. It was a low budget film - I think it was made in Rs 2 lakh. I was paid Rs 10,000 for the film. "
  • "I was married when I did my first film. My family was not okay with it, so I told them if you don`t let me work in a film, I will walk out of the house."
  • "I feel every woman, even if she is 80, should work if she can walk and remember. It keeps you going and it is good."
  • "Basu Chatterjee, my mentor, executes his work with well. Gulzar has the rare ability to connect lyrically with his audience. B.R. Chopra was methodical and never appeared confused. I worked well with all these renowned directors."
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