Ours was a very old association, one that lasted for almost 45 years. We had done a movie together called Ulfat in 1971. It never released, but that’s when we started getting closer. Then I got married. My husband (Kamal Jeet), Sadhana, Yash Johar and a few others, were all part of one group, and gradually our bond became stronger. I then moved to Bengaluru. Meanwhile, her husband passed away, and when I came back to Mumbai, I lost my husband too. Sadhana and I started meeting again quite often and we used to regularly visit each other’s homes. We would even go out for lunches together with Asha (Bhosle), Helen, late Nanda and Shammi.
Sadhana was a very brave lady. She had a lot of problems in life, but she never complained. She was a very good cook, a very lovely hostess, and a wonderful human being. I will really miss her. We spoke just two days back. I had gone to see Bajirao Mastani and she told me that she wanted to know its report from me. We spoke for almost half an hour. I asked her how she was and why she didn’t come over. She said that her back was hurting and she would come a few days later. I told her in that case I would be busy as I would be out of the city. So, I told her we’d meet next year. She wondered why I said next year, so I reminded her that in just a few more days, the year will come to an end. She spoke very normally, she didn’t even sound sick. This was just so sudden, sad and shocking.
Sadhana was very beautiful. I used to admire her voice very much; she had a very soft, musical voice. She was a very good actor, and was extremely co-operative. All her producers and directors used to love her. And as a person, she was truly wonderful. I will miss her.
(As told to Shalvi Mangaokar.)
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