Zeenat Aman remembers her Yaadon Ki Baaraat co-star Vijay Arora, who passed away recently, as quiet and focused.
"Those were the days. Both Vijay and I were totally focused on our work. We were trying to find our bearing in Bollywood. Over the years all of us tend to get involved in our own lives.
"It was sad to hear he passed away. I don't know what happened to him. But I do remember him as a quiet newcomer, anxious to go with what the director told him. He was constantly around, eager to be on camera. By then my Hare Rama Hare Krishna had come... Then my whole career took off, and I guess I just moved on," Zeenat told IANS.
After the film, she lost touch with the actor, who died on February 3.
"I really didn't have any clue where he was. I confess, I lost touch with him completely after we worked together in Nasir Hussain's Yaadon Ki Baaraat."
The film is to this day remembered for Vijay wooing Zeenat with R.D. Burman's Meri soni, meri tamanna, and Zeenat wooing him back with the evergreen Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko.
In the early 1970s, Vijay Arora was quite popular and was pitched against the mighty Rajesh Khanna as the future superstar. But when intended biggies like Mera Bhaiyya, Zaroorat and Jeevan Jyoti floundered, Vijay simply faded away to live in seclusion.