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    Actress Neena Gupta fondly remembers the luminous Leela Naidu, who passed away Tuesday.

    I had the opportunity to work with Leelaji (Mrs Leela Naidu) in the film Trikaal (1985, Past, Present and Future) where I was played her maidservant. Soon, she started to play her role offscreen as well, not meaning any harm, though!

    She wasnt showing off anything, but it came quite naturally to her in a very cute way. She would ask me to run errands, virtually depending on me for everything... just like my mother would have told me to.

    In fact, not just Leelaji, gradually the others too followed suit. I would complain to Shyamji (Shyam Benegal) about how everyone was making me run errands. He would laugh and say that it was good for my onscreen role.

    For this film, Leelaji got some of her most beautiful dresses which she used to wear in her younger days. Anita Kanwar and some others wore it for the film. It was really nice of her to lend those dresses.

    She was a very soft and gentle lady, but quite childlike as well. I still remember how she created such a ruckus when she lost her lipstick during the shoot... almost like a child, who could not find her precious toy. She was very particular about her make-up and would get the kit from France. Hence, perhaps, she was all the more aggrieved. Finally, Shyamji requested Soni Razdan, who was also part of the cast, to give her lipstick to Leelaji as it was almost identical.

    Leelaji was very beautiful and I particularly remember her having very thick, lovely hair.

    At that point, she used to be quite disturbed over her troubled relationship with poet Dom Moraes, her husband, and often confided in us. So, Shyamji had told Moraes not to come till the end of the shoot as his presence would disturb her.

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