Geeta Siddharth No More, Shabana Remembers
More than as individuals, Gita Siddharth and Siddharth Kak were known as one of the most durable and in-love couples of the Indian entertainment’s business.
I wonder how Siddharth will survive without his better-half.
For the rest of the Hindi film industry Gita was long gone . She has ceased to be active in 1987 when he last film B Subhash’s Dance Dance released. Therefafter she refused to accept the Bhabhi-Maa-SasuMaa roles that were offered to her.
Gita had a brief but impressive innings in cinema. After a cameo in Gulzar’s Parichay she was first seen as Balraj Sahni’s favoured ladli daughter in M S Sathyu’s Garam Hawa in 1973. So fond did Balraj become of his screen daughter he wanted to adopt her in real life.
After Garam Hawa Bollywood didn’t know where to slot this unconventional actress. In 1978 she played Sanjeev Kumar’s wife in the historic Sholay. Later she also played Sanjeev Kumar’s wife in Yash Chopra’s Trishul.
For a while Gita was associated with Yash Raj films for whom she films like Doosra Aadmi, Noorie and Trishul.
But her heart was clearly not in being a Bollywood groupie. After some forgettable roles she quickly quit Hindi cinema.
The news of her death came as a killing reminder of how cruel showbiz can be for the non-conformists who don’t fit in.
Says Shabana Azmi, “She was part of our extended IPTA family. A part of my youth.Her work in Garm Hawa is memorable. We lost touch but whenever we met we could pick up from where we left.My heartfelt condolences to her husband Siddharth and daughter Antara.”