Vidya Sinha (15 November 1947 – 15 August 2019) was an Indian actress who has acted in Bollywood films, most known for Rajnigandha (1974), Chhoti Si Baat (1975) and Pati Patni or 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 from films. After returning to acting in the latter part of her life, she acted in several TV serials.
Vidya Sinha was born in Mumbai on November 15, 1947. Her father Pratap A. Rana was an Indian film producer, son-in-law of film director Mohan Sinha, also known as Rana Pratap Singh. She fell in love with her neighbor and married a Tamil Brahmin named Venkateshwaran Iyer in 1968. In 1989, she adopted a daughter, Jhanvi. Jhanvi and her ailing husband, who ultimately died in 1996, were given the next few years in care. She then moved to Sydney met the elderly Australian doctor Netaji Bhimrao Salunke online (2001), and married him after a quick courtship, in a small temple wedding.
On 9 January 2009 Vidya filed a complaint with the police accusing Netaji Bhimrao Salunkhe of physical and mental torture. They have divorced soon afterward, 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 was 71. She had been admitted to the hospital on 11 August for breathing problems and subsequently put on a ventilator.
Writer: Manvi Nautiyal