(Last Updated on : 28-01-2016)
Indian movie actress Waheeda Rehman was born in a traditional Urdu speaking family in Hyderabad
in 1936. She joined the silver screen with the Telugu film 'Jaisimha' in the year 1955, followed by 'Rojulu Maraayi' in the same year. Guru Dutt
cast her in a later film and brought her to Mumbai. Raj Khosla gave her the role of a courtesan in his directorial venture C.I.D. in the year 1956.
Career of Waheeda Rehman
Being an accomplished Bharatnatyam
dancer Waheeda Rehman created a magical spell with her song 'Kahin Pe Nigahein Kahin Pe Nishana' as she played the tricky seductress to lure the villain away. Soon after she was casted in Guru Dutt's film 'Pyasa' where she played the lead role. Pyaasa gave Waheeda Rehman a strong position in Bollywood. Films like 'Chaudhvin Ka Chand', 'Solva Saal', 'Twelve O' Clock', 'Kaala Baazar' were the other hits delivered by her. She worked with legendary director Satyajit Ray
in his film 'Abhijaan' but could not make a mark. In 1965 she acted in a landmark movie of her career 'Guide' opposite to Dev Anand
that won her international critical acclaim as an actress. Her captivating performances in 'Pathar Ke Sanam' in 1967 and 'Neel Kamal' in 1968 affirmed her as an undisputed monarch of her domain.
Some of the famous films of Waheeda Rehman can be mentioned as 'Ram Aur Shyam', 'Kabhi Kabhi', 'Bees Saal Baad', 'Prem Pujari', 'Mujhe Jeene Do', 'Kohra', 'Teesri Kasam', 'Khamoshi', 'Reshma Aur Shera', and 'Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam'. In these films, she played roles ranging from spectacular to very average ones. In the year 1974 she married to a fellow actor and a businessman Kamaljit and settled for a quiet life on a farmhouse adjacent to Bangalore.
Post marriage she appeared in 'Kabhi Kabhie', 'Adalat', 'Namak Halal', 'Chaandhi' and 'Lamhe'. She acted in 'Om Jai Jagdish', where she played the mother of trio Anil Kapoor
, Fardeen Khan
and Abhishek Bachhan. In recent days she has worked in 'Water', 'Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara', '15 Park Avenue', and 'Rang De Basanti
', Chukkallo Chandrudu and Delhi 6. Bollywood actress Waheeda Rehman is an excellent human being who looks after her family besides, lending a helping hand to a Mumbai based charity called Pratham. In October 2004, a Waheeda Rehman film retrospective was held at the Seattle Art Museum and the University of Washington where Waheeda participated in spirited panel and audience discussions on her most memorable films, 'Pyaasa', 'Teesri Kasam' and 'Guide'.
Awards receivd by Waheeda Rehman
Waheeda Rehman got the Filmfare best actress award for 'Guide' in 1965 and 'Neel Kamal' in 1968. She got the National Award for 'Reshma Aur Shera'. She was nominated for best actress as well as best supporting actress many a times and this includes 'Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam', 'Ram Aur Shyam', 'Khamoshi', 'Kabhi Kabhie', 'Namkeen', and 'Lamhe'.