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Shakti Salgaonkar (DNA; October 16, 2012)Waheeda Rehman DNA Research N Archives
As you enter her sea-facing bungalow, a portrait of a very young Waheeda Rehman looks demurely at you. As she enters the room, you notice, that little has changed. Her hair, perfectly held in place, a string of pearls and her signature smile in tow, Waheedaji goes down the memory lane with DNA. In your long standing career, we know you’ve done a million interviews. What is the one question that bores you, we will stay away from that question? (laughs) When people ask me when I started and how I started. Unfortunately, that is the question everybody asks. And even if they are all together, they ask the same question again and again. One wonders why they don’t think that this question has been asked and let me ask another one. I feel they don’t come prepared. Or maybe they don’t think we can answer (laughs), I don’t know.
Lifetime achievement, I’m sure you look back at your body of work and reminisce about the various characters you’ve essayed. What was the one role that was the most difficult? I would say my character in Guide. Because for that time it was a very bold subject and a bold role, I would say. More than 45 years ago, it was unimaginable to see a married woman, who walks out n her husband and starts living with Raju (played by Dev Anand). It was not a love story, because she doesn’t walk out on her husband because she is in love with Raju. She is angry with her husband More >
Waheeda Rehman, 76, is one of the few actors of ‘the golden era of Hindi cinema’ who is still active. A retrospective of her films is being showcased at the annual Habitat Film Festival in Delhi till July 31. She speaks to Archana Khare Ghose about the film ‘Guide’, dacoits and hair dyes
THE TIMES OF INDIA (July 22, 2012) It’s the 100th year of India cinema and you have been an actor for more than 50 years. Do you have any plans to put it all down in a book? • I’m fortunate to be living in the 100th year of Indian cinema. Come to think of it, I’ve really had a lot of experience. What I do know is that right now is a great time for Indian cinema. It has changed so much from my days, not just in terms of technology and skills but also in the way actors are getting to play a wide variety of roles. Vidya Balan doing a The Dirty Picture has been possible only now, not in my time. We had very limited scope to act. As far as acting scope is concerned, this is the golden era. For instance, when I signed Guide (1965), people told me that I was committing a mistake and that it would be my last film, because the film opened with Rosie already being married. Besides, Rosie and Raju lived together without being married to each other. Filmmakers were very conservative then and couldn’t accept those situations.
‘Guide’ seems to be pretty close to your heart. • Yes, indeed. I enjoyed working for the film because it gave me some scope to do things differently. Otherwise, there was not More >