Tragic tale of a Dream Lady
Today while reading some note from a book, my curiosity was diverted towards someone in 60’s bollywood names. I searched for further information but there was nothing much available. Whatever I got is really a tragic tale of a beautiful lady who was certainly a wonderful personality in her time. Her name was Vimi.
She dared to marry a son of industrialist against wishes of her parents. She was not an actress when she got married. Because of her fascinating personality, she got struck in the eyes of music director Ravi in some party in Calcutta. With the initiative of Ravi, she along with her husband Shiv Agrawal was invited to Bombay, where Ravi introduced her to film maker B.R. Chopra who launched her in lead role in film ‘Humraj’. Movie proved a success and she became a star.
Her enchanting beauty was so amazing and magical that famous lyrist Sahir was impressed to write famous song ‘Kisi pathar ki murat se, mohabbat ka irrada hai, praschit ki tamana hai, ibadat ka irrada hai..’ She did few more successful movies after Humraj. Patanga(1970), Vachpan(1974), Aabroo (1968), Kahin aar kahi paar (1971) are other movies of Vimmi. Although she became star with her first movie, but she is said to have been more concerned with how she looked and what she wore than her acting.
It was not all good in her life. As she decided to move to Bombay to become actress, this decision was not acceptable to her in laws family and they disowned her for this step. Good and bad things were moving along in the life of this dream lady. Her relation with her husband was not running smooth. He uses to interfere in her career which was not liked by producers. Financial problems further added to make relation tougher. Ultimately they got separated and her husband returned back to his family.
She was left alone and fate was not on her side. She started living with Jolly, a dubious film maker. She was not having any work. In such miserable situation she found solace in alcohol. She was not having any money. Alcohol, particularly cheap alcohol killed her ultimately in the year 1977.
Here I want to share the relevancy of book that I was reading, which attracted me toward life of this awesome lady. Book titled ‘Tears of the mystic Rose’ written by Swami Rajneesh is sort of life sketch of writer. Rajneesh is disciple of ‘Osho Rajneesh’ and son of same bollywood actress Vimmi and her industrialist husband Shiv Agrawal. There are few references in his book where he is narrating his childhood memories. In book he has admitted his disliking towards his father due to his arrogant nature whereas he described his mother as beautiful, kind, humble, sensitive, radiant and full of compassion towards all those who met her. He further writes that she was from very simple and honest family. Her parents were simple school teachers. He also narrates the days when matter of separation was in process. As he was always supporting his mother, his father did not like him. One instance when he was on winter vacations from his boarding school in Darjling, he saw his father having alcohol and making sexual advances with film actresses every night. One such night there was a fight between them and son left the house and never returned back.
As book described, ‘One morning in November 1977 I woke up to see the newspapers announced the untimely death of my mother and under mysterious circumstances. No one was with her at the hospital at the time of her death and as my father and that side of the family were prevented from seeing her due to a court order. Her body was taken for cremation unfortunately with none of us present such a tragic story…that a famous movie star was cremated with very few people present for the last rites.’
Nothing much is available on this lady who was gifted with ultimate beauty and worst fate. Her end was really painful. She died broken hearted and penniless. Few friend and well wishers arranged her cremation.
Source References: Wikipedia, Tears of the Mystic Rose