Priya Rajvansh was born in 1937, and her original name is Vera Sunder Singh. She was born in Shimla in a Sikh family, where her father was a conservator in the Forest Department. She is an actress known for her role in Hanste Zakhm and Heer Ranjha.
She has two brothers whom she grew up with in Shimla - Kamaljit and Padamjit Singh. She attended school at Auckland house and Convent of Jesus and Mary. She finished her intermediate studies in 1953, from St. Bede's College, Shimla.
She then attended Bhargava Municipal College (BMC). During her time there, she acted in several English plays and performed at the popular Gaiety Theatre. Since her father was appointed on a UN Assignment, she attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, United Kingdom. She was still in London in 1962 when her photograph, clicked by a photographer there, reached
, who is Dev and Vijay Anand's brother. He cast Priya in his next film which was Haqeeqat, which is still considered to be the most notable war-films of Indian cinema.
Chetan had just separated from his wife and the relationship between young Priya and Chetan blossomed. She then started acting in only Chetan Anand's films and engaged in every detail of film-making. She was involved in scripting, song lyrics as well as post-production work.
However, her anglo-accent and western attitude did not charm the Indian audience. Heer Ranjha, Hanste Zakhm,
Hindustan Ki Kasam
, Kudrat and Haathon Ki Lakeeren were the only films she did. Priya Rajvansh and Chetan Anand never married but they were in a live-in relationship until Chetan's death in 1997. However, Priya still had her own house in Kalumal Estate and Mangal Kiran. After Chetan's death, he left her a part of his property and divided the rest amongst his sons.
Sadly, she was murdered on 27 th March 2000, in their apartment in Juhu. Chetan Anand's sons were accused of the crime owing to property matters. Priya's handwritten notes to Vijay Anand in which she expressed her anxiety and fear before her death served as evidence for the trial. In 2002, the two sons along with two employees were convicted of her murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, but the Mumbai High Court accepted the duo's plea in 2011.