Expressing grief over yesteryear actress Nanda's death, veteran actors Manoj Kumar and Prem Chopra today described her as a very "down to earth person" and a "woman with no tantrums".
Manoj Kumar, who had shared screen space with Nanda in films
like Gumnaam, Shor and Bedaag, says he is shocked and
unable to digest that she is no more.
"I started working with her when she was already
established and I felt apprehensive to work with her. She
encouraged me a lot. I had great experience working with her.
She was obedient and punctual," Manoj Kumar told PTI.
Manoj Kumar remembers that he used to call her an angel.
"She was a very down-to-earth person with no attitude,
extraordinary human being and a very talented actress. I used
to call her angel," he said.
Manoj Kumar says he loved her performances in Jab Jab
Phool Khile, Ittefaq, Chhoti Behan and Toofan Aur Diya.
Noted actor Prem Chopra, known for playing villainous
roles, says he was fond of Nanda not only as an actress, but
as a person.
"I did not have the privilege to work with her, but I
admired her work a lot. She was a very warm and loving woman.
she had no tantrums. I had met her socially. She was good to
talk," Prem Chopra told PTI.
"It is unfortunate that she is no more. My sentiments
and prayers for the family. It is sad that a lovely woman like
her has left us," he said.
Actor Sunny Deol, whose father Dharmendra had worked
with Nanda, said the news of her death saddened him.
"She was an iconic actress and a very good human
being. It is sad that she has passed away. When we lose a
wonderful human being like her, it definitely brings in
sadness," Sunny Deol told PTI.
The 75-year-old actress, who was the niece of
legendary filmmaker V Shantaram, died on March 25 at her
Andheri residence here.
Remembering Nanda, melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar, says
she was great friends with the actress from childhood and they
met while Lata was working as a child artiste in Nanda's
father Vinayak Damodar Karnataki's company.
"I feel sad to know that actress Nanda whom we used to
call Baby Nanda has passed away. When she was 4-5 years old,
she played the role of my younger brother in a film. I worked
in Nanda's father, master Vinayakji's company as a child
actress since 1943. I was great friends with Nanda and her
elder sister Meena.
I did playback for her since her first film Toofaan
Aur Diya. She was a great human being, may her soul rest in
peace," Lata Mangeshkar, 84, recalled in a tweet.
"Saddened to hear that veteran actress Nandaji has
passed away. Jab Jab Phool Khile & Gumnaam still remain
favourites. End of an era. RIP," Madhur Bhandarkar.
"Just heard the sad news. Nanda ji RIP. Always so
dignified," Rohit Roy tweeted.
"Na Na Karte Pyaar Tumhi Se Kar Baithe - RIP Nandaji,"
Riteish Deshmukh tweeted, recalling one of the famous songs
picturised on the actress.