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'Nanda was a soft-spoken person who never lost her temper'

Last updated on: March 26, 2014 19:44 IST

'Nanda was a soft-spoken person, who never lost her temper'


Subhash K Jha in Patna

'She was a soft-spoken person, who never lost her temper. She loved being at home.'

'She was a delight to work with. Unlike many heroines, she never threw tantrums on the sets.'

Asha Parekh, one of Nanda's closest friends, and Sanjay Khan, her costar in three films -- Beti, Abhilasha and Woh Din Yaad Karo -- remember the yesteryear actress, who passed away on March 25.

Asha ParekhAsha Parekh

I spoke to her over the phone on Monday night (March 24). She was gone the next day.

She sounded absolutely normal. It is frightening to know that sometimes you don't even get a chance to say goodbye. It reminds one just how fragile life is.

We (along with Helen, Waheeda Rehman and Sadhna) would meet regularly. Sadhana had lately been busy, so she couldn't join us every time. In fact, she couldn't even make it to the funeral.

All four of us had met on Saturday for lunch. That was just three days before she was suddenly snatched away from us.

Now I wonder if the rest of us will ever meet without missing her constantly.

She was a soft-spoken person, who never lost her temper. She loved being at home.

She had become more of a homebody in the later years. She loved her family. The death of one of her brothers a few years ago left her shattered. 

Getting Nanda out of the house was an ordeal.

She had come for my 60th birthday but didn't show up for the 70th.

But I never held that against her. I knew it was too much work for her to dress up for public appearances.

We were very close. We spoke about everything under the sun. My last conversation with her is now etched permanently on my mind.

It's hard to believe that now when I dial her number, she won't be there on the other end of the line. I have lost not just a friend but my confidante.

Please click NEXT to read Sanjay Khan's tribute.

Image: Nanda. Inset: Asha Parekh


'I hope she lived a happy life'

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Sanjay KhanI did three films with Nanda -- Beti, Abhilasha and Woh Din Yaad Karo.

I can't say I knew her beyond the sets because I never met her outside of work. But my wife Zarine was very close to her.

She even designed Nanda's home.

As a costar, she was a delight to work with. She never threw tantrums like other heroines.

She was absolutely fuss-free and no-nonsense. She would give her shot , sit patiently for the next shot or if there was time, she would return to her makeup room.

She was punctual, gentle and well-mannered.

The audience loved her in tragic roles. While in two of our films together, she was cast in tragic characters, she played a very glamorous, quite the typical heroine in our third film Abhilasha.

She was versatile and well-versed in the craft of acting.

I knew nothing about her personal life. But she was a cultured and impeccable lady, and I hope she lived a happy life.

Both my wife and I wish to convey our deepest condolences to Nanda's family. 

Image: Nanda. Inset: Sanjay Khan
Photographs: Inset: Sanjay Khan. Photograph: Abhijit Mhamunkar

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