Vidya Sinha

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).

Vidya Sinha
Sinha in 2011
Born(1947-11-15)15 November 1947
Died15 August 2019(2019-08-15) (aged 71)
Years active1974–1986, 2000–2019
Height163 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Venkateshwaran Iyer
(m. 1968; died 1996)
Netaji Bhimrao Salunkhe
(m. 2001; div. 2009)
Children1 adopted child

Early lifeEdit

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.[1]



At the age of 18, she participated in a beauty contest where she was crowned Miss Bombay.[1] After that she began modelling for several popular brands and was discovered by Basu Chatterjee.[2][3] Her first movie was Raja Kaka (1974) opposite Kiran Kumar.[3] However, fame came to her through the low-budget break-away hit Rajnigandha (1974), directed by Chatterjee.[3] The movie, with none of the trappings of a typical blockbuster, was a major box office success. This was followed by another hit, Chhoti 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).[4] 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.[5] The same year she played Vijeta Pandit's mother in the romantic film Love Story, starring opposite Rajendra Kumar and Danny.[3]

After some years in Australia, Vidya returned to India and started acting in television serials.[6] Salman Khan's Bodyguard (2011), her film after 25 years, was also her last film.[7]


Vidya Sinha acted in TV serials like Bahu Rani (2000), Hum Do Hain Na, Bhabhi and Kkavyanjali (2004).[3] In 2011 she appeared in the NDTV Imagine serial Haar Jeet.[3] She enacted the role of Asad's and Ayaan's grandmother, Badi Bi in the Zee TV show, Qubool Hai.[3] She was also seen as Neha's grandmother in Itti Si Khushi.,[8] as Chandragupt's grandmother in Chandra Nandini and as Kulfi's grandmother in Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala.[3]


Year Film Co-star Notes
1974 Raja Kaka Kiran Kumar [3]
1974 Rajnigandha Amol Palekar [3]
1974 Hawas Supporting role [3]
1975 Chhoti Si Baat Amol Palekar [3]
1976 Mera Jiwan Dushyanth [3]
1977 Inkaar Vinod Khanna [3]
1977 Jeevan Mukt Parikshit Sahni [9]
1977 Mukti Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar [10]
1977 Karm Rajesh Khanna [4]
1977 Safed Jhooth Amol Palekar, Vinod Mehra [3]
1977 Kitaab Uttam Kumar [3]
1977 Atithee Shatrughan Sinha [4]
1978 Jeena Yahan Amol Palekar [4]
1978 Pati Patni Aur Woh Sanjeev Kumar [3]
1978 Tumhare Liye Sanjeev Kumar [4]
1979 Magroor Shatrughan Sinha [4]
1979 Meera Supporting [3]
1980 Swayamvar Sanjeev Kumar [11]
1980 Saboot Vinod Mehra [3]
1980 Pyaara Dushman Amjad Khan [4][12]
1981 Love Story Rajendra Kumar, Danny Denzongpa [3]
1981 Plot No. 5 Uttam Kumar [13]
1981 Josh Amjad Khan, Deven Verma [3]
1982 Adhura Aadmi Amjad Khan [3]
1984 Qaidi Supporting [3]
1986 Kirayadar Utpal Dutt [4]
1986 Jeeva Shreeram Lagoo [4]
2011 Bodyguard Supporting [3]


Year Serial Role Notes
2005 Kkavyanjali Kkavya's paternal grandmother [3]
2006 Zaara Dadi [14]
2011 Neem Neem Shahad Shahad Hansmukh's wife [15]
2012 Haar Jeet Sahil's grandmother [3]
2012 – 2014 Qubool Hai Badi Bii [3]
2014–2015 Qubool Hai Neha's Daadi [3]
2015 Zindagi Wins Nurse Mariam [15]
2015–2016 Ishq Ka Rang Safed Sushma Tripathi [3]
2016–2017 Chandra Nandini Grand-Queen Sonarika of Magadha [3]
2018–2019 Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala Dadi [3]

Personal lifeEdit

Sinha married her neighbor, a Tamil Brahmin named Venkateshwaran Iyer, in 1968 and adopted a daughter, Jhanvi, in 1989.[1] The next few years were spent in taking care of Jhanvi and her ailing husband, who eventually died in 1996.[16] 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.[16] On 9 January 2009, she filed a complaint with the police accusing Salunkhe of physical and mental torture.[16] They were divorced soon afterwards, and after a protracted battle, she won her case against him for maintenance.[17]


On 15 August 2019, Sinha died at a hospital in Mumbai of respiratory failure caused by heart and lung disease at the age of 71.[7] She had been admitted to the hospital on 11 August for breathing problems and subsequently put on a ventilator.[3]


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  17. ^ "Actor Vidya Sinha wins case against ex-husband". 21 July 2011. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.

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