Mumbai, Aug 15: Veteran Bollywood actor Vidya Sinha, known for films like 'Rajnigandha' and 'Pati, Patni Aur Woh', passed away on Thursday in a city hospital, following a brief illness. She was 71, and leaves her daughter. The actor was diagnosed with lung disorder a few years ago, but her condition worsened over the past three months. She was admitted to Criticare Hospital at Juhu early this week, where she died on Thursday noon.
Born in Mumbai on November 15, 1947, to film producer Rana Pratap Singh, she started her professional career as a model and even had won the Miss Bombay contest. She made her film debut with renowned filmmaker Basu Chatterjee’s film 'Rajnigandha', alongside Amol Palekar, in 1974, post-marriage. She married Venkateshwaran Iyer in 1968, and the couple has a daughter, Jhanvi. After her husband's death in 1996, she quit acting for some time, before she entered into a wedlock with Netaji B Salunkhe, a doctor, in 2001.
However, her second marriage was short-lived, as her husband allegedly tortured her for money, and ended in divorce in 2009. Other notable films include 'Chhoti Si Baat'. After the hiatus, she made a comeback in television serials like Kavyanjali, Bahu Rani, Zaara, Bhabhi, Qubool Hai, Zindagi Wins and her most recent show Kulfi Kumar Bajewala. She was also seen in Salman Khan's 'Bodyguard' in 2011. (UNI)