September 29, 2022

#GoldenFrames: Waheeda Rehman, the ageless beauty

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Waheeda Rehman, born on February 3, 1938, to a Deccani Muslim family in Chengalpet of present-day Tamil Nadu, India.

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The actress was the youngest out of four daughters to father Mohammed Abdur Rehman and mother Mumtaz Begum.

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Waheeda Rehman and her sisters were trained in Bharatanatyam in Chennai. When her relatives asked her father Mohammed Abdur Rehman, “Kya Musalman ladki ko nachaaoge?” (Will you make your Muslim daughter dance?) He replied, “Art is never bad. It’s the human being, who errs. How you conduct yourself is important.”

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#GoldenFrames: Waheeda Rehman, the ageless beauty

The actress studied in St. Joseph’s Convent in Visakhapatnam when her father was posted there as a district commissioner in the then-Madras Presidency.

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#GoldenFrames: Waheeda Rehman, the ageless beauty

Rehman’s father died in 1951 while she was thirteen. And her dream to become a doctor was no more a choice due to her family’s circumstances. To help her family, Waheeda accepted movie offers that stemmed from her dancing abilities.

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#GoldenFrames: Waheeda Rehman, the ageless beauty

Waheeda’s first performance on stage as a dancer was at Brahmapur’s Ganjam Kala Parishad organised by her uncle Dr Ferose Ali, a famous doctor and social activist in Brahmapur.

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#GoldenFrames: Waheeda Rehman, the ageless beauty

The actress made her debut in Telugu movie in a dance number in Rojulu Maraayi (1955), followed by a small role with one dance as a princess in Telugu movie Jayasimha (1955).

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#GoldenFrames: Waheeda Rehman, the ageless beauty

She was featured in Tamil movies Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum (1955) and Kaalam Maari Pochu (1956).

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#GoldenFrames: Waheeda Rehman, the ageless beauty

Guru Dutt spotted Waheeda at the jubilee celebrations tour in Hyderabad, who later invited her to Bombay for a test.

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#GoldenFrames: Waheeda Rehman, the ageless beauty

Waheeda Rehman came from Visakhapatnam to Mumbai with her mother at the age of seventeen to do Guru Dutt’s CID (1956), directed by Raj Khosla.

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