Thursday, June 7, 2012


To the delight of the Telugu film viewers in the film 'Jayasimha' which was released in  1955
there appeared a new heroin like a 'nymph' who could dance also skillfully.It was Waheeda Rehman who debuted in to the film field with that film.
She was born on 14 May 1936 in a traditional Telugu speaking Muslim family at Chengalpetta,Tamil Nadu.Her father who was a District Commissioner died when she was in her teens.She was trained in 'Bharata Natyam' from childhood and performed on stages.
 In 1955 a film by name 'Rojulu Maarayi'
in which Gemini Ganesan was the hero and Wahida Rehman in lead female role  was released and it was dubbed to 
Tamil as 'Kaalam Maari Pochu'  which proclaimed that the new  heroine possessed
fantastic acting talents and dancing skills.
That film was  noted by the great film maker Guru Dutt and he invited her to Bollywood and
gave a role in the film CID in 1956 which was directed by Raj Khosla.
In the next year he gave her role in his own film 'Pyaasa' a role which she took as a challenge
and manifested nicely which she is admired for still.
She played in Guru Dutt's films 'Chaudhvin Ka Chand,Kagaz ke Phool,Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam' etc.
All these films were critically well acclaimed and have an artistic value which are still used
by film Institute students for study and research.
In 'Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam' Meena Kumari portrayed the role as Chhoti Bahu and Waheeda Rehman played the role as 'Jabu'.All the actors in the film acted superbly in this film.
She acted with Dev Anand in successful films like "Solva Saal,CID,Kala Bazar,Baat Ek Raat Ki,Guide' etc.
The film 'Guide' is considered as the very best film of Waheeda Rehman and Dev Anand.
It was written and directed by Vijay Anand.The film was screened at Cannes film festival after 42 years of its release.Its music by S.D.Burman is also highly appreciated.The film is based on 
a Novel written by R.K.Narayan and the film have turned to be one of the masterpiece of
Indian film industry.She was cast in Sathyajit Ray's 'Abhijan' in 1962.
'Teesri Kasam' another beautiful film was directed by Basu Bhattacharya in which Raj Kapoor
and Waheeda Rehman acted wonderfully.It revealed the story of a poor villager.
'Ram Aur Shyam' was an entertainer of 1967 in which Dilip Kumar acted opposite Waheeda.
'Reshma aur Shera' enabled her to get National award as Best Actress and this film was
directed by Sunil Dutt in which the lead role was also played by him.Music director 'Jaidev'
won National award as Best music director for this film.Amitabh Bachchan,Vinod Khanna,and Rekha were also in important roles in this film.
'Kabhie Kabhie' which was a blockbuster film which earned much love from the audience
was a film of Amitabh Bachchan,Shashi Kapoor,Waheeda,Rekha,Neetu singh and Rishi Kapoor which was directed by Yash Chopra.
Amitabh Bachchan,Smitha Patil,Parveen Babi,Shashi Kapoor etc acted in the critically
acclaimed film 'Namak Halal' of 1982.
In the same year  Waheeda Rehman presented fantastic acting talents in the 'Gulzar' film 'Namkeen'
as the mother of three young girls.Sharmila Tagore and Shabana Aazmi were  brilliant
in this film along with Sanjeev Kumar as 'Geerulal' the truck driver.

Waheeda Rehman's biggest hit was 'Khamoshi' opposite Rajesh Khanna.
Waheeda Rehman handled the lead role in 1987 film  'Coolie' of Amitabh Bachchan.During
the shooting of that film was Amitabh Bacchan got seriously injured.
In 1974 she married actor/businessman Kamaljeet who was her hero in the 1964 film 'Shagun'.
She was living at Bangalore with her husband and children and after the death of her husband
she moved to her house in Mumbai.
In recent years she appeared in elderly roles in films like'Om Jai Jageesh,Water,Rang de Basanti,Delhi 6,etc.
During her long film career she got praise for her marvelous acting skill in films like'Kabhie
Kabhie,Trishul,Namak Halal,Namkeen,Chandni,Mashaal,Teesri Kasam,Khamoshi,Guide' etc.
She got National film award as Best  actress for 'Reshma aur Shera'
Filmfare award as Best actress for 'Guide'
Bengal film journalist's award as Best actress for 'Teesri Kasam'
NTR National award in 2006
Padma Shri in 1972
Padma Bhushan in 2011
Selected Filmography
Rojulu Marayi
Kalam Mari Pochu
Jaya Simha
Solva Saal
Kala Bazar
Chaudhvin Ka Chand
Kagaz ke Phool
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam
Bees saal Baad
Baat ek Raat ki
Teesri Kasam
Dil Diya Dard Liya
Man Mandir
Namak Halal
Allah Rakha
Om Jai Jagdish
15 Park Avenue
Rang de Basanti
Chukallo Chandrudu
Prem Pujari

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