Waheeda Rehman is one of the most legendary actresses India has ever produced. She has acted in some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successfull Bollywood classics and continues to amaze us with her talent and her beauty even at the age 76.
I’ve been a huge fan of her dancing (she’s trained in Bharatnatyam) and her versatile acting in movies like CID, Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam and Guide. On her birthday, we’d love to pay tribute to this actress with a selection of some of her most memorable songs.
Waheeda Rehman made her Bollywood debut in Guru Dutt‘s CID. It is one of her most cherished roles even though she played a negative character. The movie had Dev Anand in the lead and all the songs including this one were instant chartbusters.
Another Guru Datt classic, I love that she looks so gorgeous in the video and there is a certain innocence and melody to the song which is eternal.
This is my favorite song in the list. And boy does it deserve to be a classic. All the songs in Guide were classics with flawless music by S.D.Burman and this one was brought to life by Waheeda’s graceful dance and her remarkable expressions.
This Asha Bhonsle song was immesenly popular and the lyrics are really interesting as well. Waheeda was cast opposite Raj Kapoor in this rustic film. I actually think that Teesri Kasam saw both these vertrans in the most challenging roles of their careers. As a village dancer, she won over audiences and critics with her beauty and her natural acting
Another gorgeous example of the divine Dev Anand – Waheeda Rehman chemistry, this one was fun and unconventional. I love that all of her songs are so hummable that I find myself singing them (and am sure a lot of you guys do too) ever so often.
Waheeda Rehman has won several awards and accolades including the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan last year. She continues inspire us with her brilliance, her eternal beauty and her undying passion for cinema and life. On her birthday we can only wish her many more years of joy and good health.
Team MissMalini wishes Waheeda Rehman a birthday and a year full of love, cheer and the happiest memories!