We met each other and interacted regularly. When I used to go to Mumbai, we used to have lunch together. Or when she was in Pune, she used to visit us. I remember she stayed in Pune for a brief period and used to visit us often during that time.
She was an absolutely wonderful person on the sets too. Even back then, our chemistry, a term used for equation between actors today, was great on and off screen. Shooting for a film with her was a wholesome experience, full of fun and enjoyment.
We could chat about so many things. In fact, we never spoke about films. We spoke about our lives, our problems and everything else. She would talk at length to Sandhya [Gokhale, Palekar’s wife].
For my 70th birthday (2015), Sandhya had organised a party, where all my leading ladies, school friends and others were invited. Vidya made sure she attended it. It was an emotional moment.
She also visited my painting exhibition recently held in Mumbai. I gifted her a portrait too. Another memorable occasion is when all my leading ladies, including Vidya, and I met for lunch. It was a wonderful afternoon and from there we went to visit Basu da. It was a big surprise for him. Today, when I remember Vidya, all these memories come back.
All I want to say is I will miss her.