Blog: In Memory of Sanjit Bedi and His Pyaar ki Jhappi

  | June 24, 2015 18:08 IST (New Delhi)
Sanjit Bedi

Sanjit Bedi in a still from Sanjivani .

Sanjit Bedi's friend remembers the TV actor, whom she called 'bawa'

I clearly remember my first meeting with Bawa (Sanjit) as an impressionable 10-year-old at his house in Bengali market, Delhi. Our mothers were good friends. His opening line "What's up, Dude?" has stuck with me since then. At that time, I thought he was a bit nutty, but funny.
Our interactions continued with his sister Mandira and him over at our house or we would visit them. Of course, his house was always bustling with friends, mostly from his school or neighbourhood.
Sanjit lived with his mother, Mohini Aunty to me, and sister Mandira; he adored her and was equally protective of both. Mohini Aunty often expressed her concern for his future given his passion for acting, but with his affable ways, he got away with cold murder. His "Pyaar ki jhappi", frequently dispensed, was the best way of making one feel loved.

In the last year of school after shortening his hair (much against his mother's wishes) and rediscovering himself, he shifted his focus to modelling. There was no looking back from there and he moved to Mumbai where he met his wife, Rekha, who was always supportive of his acting career.
From his popular serial Sanjivani and others like Jaane Kya Baat Hui, Thodi Si Zameen, Kasauti Zindagi Ki, he achieved success. I briefly spoke today to his co-stars including Jennifer Winget, Karan Bohra and Karan Singh Grover - they are all in shock and spoke of his compassion and the help he gave to those he worked with. (Also Read: Actor Sanjit Bedi, Dr Omi From TV Show Sanjivani, Dies)
In recent years, he was keen on practicing Reiki and was working with NGOs. His health deteriorated over the last year. Starting with malaria and then shingles and then dreaded "one does not know what" answers from doctors. He was in an induced coma for a month while we all hoped he would recover.
I will always remember him for 'living la vida loca'. RIP are dearly missed.
Priya Singh is jewellery designer based in Delhi. She was a friend of actor Sanjit Bedi, who died in a Mumbai hospital on June 23, and his family.
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