Former actress Shyama who played the lead and the second lead in a slew of sonorous musicals in the 1950s and 60s including Guru Dutt’s Aar Paar , Barsaat Ki Ek Raat and Sharda(where she won a Filmfare award)quietly passed away on Tuesday.
The beauteous Waheeda Rehman recalls Shyama with much affection. “After Nanda and Sadhana I’ve lost another co-star and friend. Shyama was very goodlooking and a good human being.She was warm and affectionate.Shyama and I worked in only one film together. This was the ill-fated Dil Diya Dard Liya in 1966 where she played my friend. Though the film didn’t do well it is remembered to this day for its powerful theme . Shyama was an entertaining friend during the shooting.And we continued our friendship even after the film was over. During those days we formed working relationships that lasted beyond the work place.
So even after Dil Diya Dard Liya Shyama and I would meet often.Our friendship became easier to maintain for two reasons. One, we lived on the same road Napean Sea in buildings opposite to one another. She lived in a building called Gulmarg.I lived in a building called Poonam.And we’d run into one another quite often Secondly, Shyama was married to the legendary cinematographer Fali Mistry.He shot some of my most well-known works including the film that I’m most closely associated with: Guide. Later Fali Saab also shot me in Neel Kamal and Prem Pujari. So there was a bond with Shyama that went beyond the one film that we did together.Of late she had not been keeping well. And now God has chosen to take her away. May her soul rest in peace.”