Can the girl next door be a top heroine? Or one has to be gym-toned, have a stylish hair-do, wear/flaunt branded clothes and fashionable glares and have the latest footwear. Vidya Sinha had different ideas. The quintessential girl next door, Vidya Sinha had a winsome smile and talent. That took her places.
Sadly, the girl next door, Vidya who had been battling a lung disorder which had worsened over the last three months breathed her last yesterday, 15th August 2019. Lets reminiscence her filmi life and her top three movies.
Acclaimed director Basu Chatterji, popularly known as Basuda came across the picture of Vidya Sinha in a print ad. Vidya who had been Miss Bombay had been modelling for several brands. Basuda felt she was perfect for the role of Deepa Kapoor in Rajanigandha. It was indeed destiny since originally Basu da had planned the movie with Amitabh, Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore but the budget did not permit. Mallika Sarabhai was then supposed to play the role which Vidya ultimately did but Mallika opted out due to her MBA exams. The nation loved Rajanigandha which made Vidya an instant star. The movie got the Filmfare Critics Best films award, and Mukesh won National award for best male playback singer for “Kai baar yun hi dekha hai“. The movie also had one of Lata didi’s best songs “Rajanigandha phool tumhare“.
Her next movie Choti si baat further established her in the film industry. Amol Palekar plays the role of a shy person to perfection while Vidya is super as the beautiful girl waiting for him to make the first move. This movie which also saw a terrific performance by Dadamoni Ashok Kumar had two terrific songs as well “Jaaneman Jaaneman Tere Do Nayan” by Mukesh and Asha Tai and “Na jaane kyun hota hai ye Zindagi ke saath” by Lata didi.
It is not that Vidya Sinha did not try for mainstream commercial cinema. The producer of Choti si Baat, B.R.Chopra signed her for Karm opposite superstar Rajesh Khanna. This movie had the all-time great song “Samay tu dheere dheere chal“. The movie did not do that well at the box office. Maybe it was her luck that by then Kaka was being overshadowed by the Amitabh Bachchan phenomena. Anyways its a fact that Vidya is known more for her roles in smaller budget movies.
Pati Patni Aur Woh, a romantic comedy starring Vidya with Sanjeev Kumar is another of her well-known movies. This had the rollicking song “Thande thande Paani se“
Vidya cut down on movies in the ’80s and ’90s as newer heroines came onto the scene and the demand for her type of movies decreased. She was seen on the TV screen in many programs and in movies was last seen in Salman Khan’s Bodyguard where she played the role of Kareena’s mother.
We will always remember you, Vidya Sinha. Om Shanti.