Vimi was a headstrong Punjabi girl who first rebelled against her parents when she married Shiv Agarwal, a Marwari industrialist's son. But a second shock was in store for her in-laws. Though married and a mother, Vimi was so beautiful that she attracted attention despite keeping to herself at a party in Calcutta. Music director Ravi took the initiative, invited Vimi and Shiv to Bombay and threw a party to introduce her to B. R. Chopra. And so, she became the heroine of 'Humraaz'.
Against the wishes of her in-laws, but supported by husband Shiv Agarwal, she entered films. The Agarwals disowned the couple. As Sunil Dutt sang to her (Na Sar Jhuka Ke Jeeo, Na Munh Chhupako Jeeo) the enchanting image of Vimi won the viewers' hearts. The film was a hit but Vimi seemed to be more interested in what she was wearing and her make-up rather than in the character.
Producers slowly heard how she had to give take after take before giving a passable shot. Husband Shiv too was found to be 'interfering'. Vimi did a few more films ('Vachan','Patanga', 'Aabroo') but the money was peanuts for the couple who was used to an expensive lifestyle. Finances from their family had long back dried up. The couple split.
The husband returned to his family and Vimi started living with Jolly, a dubious film maker. The wooden but beautiful actress was no use to the producers, and she found solace in alcohol - cheap alcohol which ultimately killed her. She had even taken to prostitution to make money to quench her 'thirst'.
When she died, there was not enough money to even cremate her. She was taken on a 'thela' by Jolly and a couple of other well-wishers to the Santacruz crematorium. But she is still remembered for her fragile, out-of- the- world beauty.
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