Vidya Sinha (15 November 1947 – 15 August 2019) was an Indian film actress who has acted in Hindi films, most known for Rajnigandha (1974), Chhoti Si Baat (1975) and Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978). She started her career as a model and won the Miss Bombay title. Her first movie was Raja Kaka (1974) opposite Kiran Kumar. However, fame came to her through the low-budget break-away hit Rajnigandha (1974), directed by her mentor Basu Chatterjee. She acted in several films after which she took a hiatus. Returning to acting in the later part of her life, she acted in several TV serials and the Salman Khan movie Bodyguard (2011).
Sinha in 2011
|Died||15 August 2019 71) (aged|
|Years active||1974–1986, 2000–2019|
|Height||163 cm (5 ft 4 in)|
Vidya Sinha was born on 15 November 1947 in Mumbai. Her father Pratap A. Rana (film name), also known as Rana Pratap Singh, was an Indian film producer, son-in-law of film director Mohan Sinha.
At the age of 18, she participated in a beauty contest where she was crowned Miss Bombay. After that she began modelling for several popular brands and was discovered by Basu Chatterjee. Her first movie was Raja Kaka (1974) opposite Kiran Kumar. However, fame came to her through the low-budget break-away hit Rajnigandha (1974), directed by Chatterjee. The movie, with none of the trappings of a typical blockbuster, was a major box office success. This was followed by another hit, Choti Si Baat (1975), paving the way for starring in mainstream productions with bigger budgets – Karm (1977) with Rajesh Khanna and Shabana Azmi, Mukti (1977) with Sanjeev Kumar and Shashi Kapoor, Inkaar (1977) with Vinod Khanna, Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978) with Sanjeev Kumar and Ranjeeta Kaur, Gulzar's Kitaab (1977) and Meera (1979). Vidya acted in 30 movies over a period of 10 years. In the Raj Sippy directed Josh (1981), she played her only negative role; that of a gangster stealing coins from beggars. The same year she played Vijeta Pandit's mother in the romantic film Love Story, starring opposite Rajendra Kumar and Danny.
Vidya Sinha acted in TV serials like Bahu Rani (2000), Hum Do Hain Na, Bhabhi and Kkavyanjali (2004). In 2011 she appeared in the NDTV Imagine serial Haar Jeet. She enacted the role of Asad's and Ayaan's grandmother, Badi Bi in the Zee TV show, Qubool Hai. She was also seen as Neha's grandmother in Itti Si Khushi., as Chandragupt's grandmother in Chandra Nandini and as Kulfi's grandmother in Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala.
|1974||Raja Kaka||opposite Kiran Kumar|
|1975||Chhoti Si Baat||Prabha Narayan|
|1977||Mukti||Seema K. Sharma|
|1978||Pati Patni Aur Woh||Sharda|
|1978||Safed Jhoot||Kamla Gulati|
|1981||Love Story||Suman Dogra|
|1981||Plot No. 5|
|1986||Jeeva||Thakurain (Jeeva and Gopal's mother)|
|2005||Kkavyanjali||Kkavya's paternal grandmother||Star Plus|
|2011||Neem Neem Shahad Shahad||Hansmukh's wife||Sahara One|
|2012||Haar Jeet||Sahil's grandmother||NDTV Imagine|
|20 October 2012 – April 2014||Qubool Hai||Badi Bii||Zee TV|
|September 2014 – 2 January 2015||Qubool Hai||Neha's Daadi||Zee TV|
|21 February 2015 – 13 June 2015||Zindagi Wins||Nurse Mariam||Bindass|
|10 August 2015 – 26 August 2016||Ishq Ka Rang Safed||Sushma Tripathi||Colors|
|10 October 2016||Chandra Nandini||Grand-Queen Sonarika of Magadha||Star Plus|
|19 March 2018||Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala||Dadi||Star Plus|
Sinha married her neighbor, a Tamil Brahmin named Venkateshwaran Iyer, in 1968 and adopted a daughter, Jhanvi, in 1989. The next few years were spent in taking care of Jhanvi and her ailing husband, who eventually died in 1996. She then moved to Sydney, met the elderly Australian doctor, Netaji Bhimrao Salunke, online in 2001, and married him after a quick courtship, in a small temple wedding. On 9 January 2009, she filed a complaint with the police accusing Salunkhe of physical and mental torture. They were divorced soon afterwards, and after a protracted battle, she won her case against him for maintenance.
On 15 August 2019, Sinha died at a hospital in Mumbai of respiratory failure caused by heart and lung disease. She had been admitted to the hospital on 11 August for breathing problems and subsequently put on a ventilator.
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