Waheeda Rehman: Her journey from Rozulu Mare to The Song of Scorpions Bollywood


Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday announced that actress Waheeda Rehman will receive this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Waheeda started working in showbiz in the 50s and is still one of the most mysterious stage artistes. Here’s a look at his professional journey. ,Also read: Waheeda Rehman will be honored with Dadasaheb Phalke Award!,

Debut in films

Waheeda Rehman will receive this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

Waheeda told Nasreen Munni Kabir in the book Conversations with Waheeda that she lost her father early and when she was 17, her mother wanted her to get married, although she did not want to do so. “I didn’t want to get married and preferred the idea of ​​working. But what could I do? I didn’t have much education, so how would I find a job?” he said and recalled how his father’s friend producer CV Ramakrishna Prasad had offered him his first film – the Telugu film Rozulu Mare. It took a lot of effort to convince her mother and she agreed only when she was asked to accompany her daughter on the set. Waheeda only had to dance in front of the camera for her first role.

bollywood debut

In her interview with Hindustan Times in 2012, Waheeda recalled her first meeting with Guru Dutt and how he gave her her break in Hindi cinema. After seeing the huge crowd following Waheeda’s performance during the jubilee celebration tour for the success of Rozulu Mare in Hyderabad, Guru Dutt demanded to meet her and later invited her to Bombay for a trial.

Although he did not audition or test for the production house, Guru Dutt signed him on a salary basis for three films. The first film to be released was CID, starring Dev Anand opposite Waheeda and the film became an overnight sensation.

Before bagging her first contract in Bollywood, Waheeda postponed it for a few days by insisting on adding a clause. She wanted to make sure she had the right to reject the dresses if she didn’t like them.

initial success

Waheeda kept her success graph on an upward trend after CID with films like Guide, Pyaasa, Chaudhavin Ka Chand, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam and Teesri Kasam. Apart from romantic and emotional dramas, he also starred in the hit thriller Neel Kamal, the horror film Kohra and the comedy Ram Aur Shyam.

Critically acclaimed films

Following the commercial success of her early films, Waheeda continued to work in a variety of films, showcasing her acting and dancing skills.

He received his first National Film Award in 1971 for Reshma Aur Shera. Since then he has worked in films like Kabhi Kabhie, Chandni, Lamhe, Trishul, Namak Halal and most recently Rang De Basanti and Delhi 6. He also worked in Irrfan Khan’s last released film. Anoop Singh’s The Song of Scorpions, which released across theaters earlier this year, featured Waheeda as an old tribal woman who can heal people bitten by scorpions with her songs. Waheeda also sang songs for the film.

When Waheeda was asked to change her name

In the book, she also recalled that Raj Khosla once suggested that she should change her name as it was too long, but she declared that she would not change the name given by her parents. Raj had told him, “Change your name. It is common for actors to have screen names. Dilip Kumar’s real name is Yusuf Khan, Meena Kumari’s real name is Mehjabeen Bano, Madhubala’s name is Mumtaz Jahan and Nargis’s name is Fatima. According to the book Conversations with Waheeda, everyone has changed their names.” And Waheeda simply replied, “I’m not everyone.”


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