Waheeda Rehman And Her Life Journey | Waheeda Rehman Biography

Waheeda Rehman is a veteran actress in Hindi cinema. Rehman’s career spanned over 5 decades and includes characters like second lead to main lead to even mother characters.

Waheeda Rehman is the only actress to have played the mother of both Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan. Today we will know how this Rehman got into films, his relationship with Guru Dutt, with whom he was engaged, and with whom he eventually got married.

NameWaheeda Rehman
FatherMohammad Abdul Rahman
MotherMumtaz Begum
SisterSayeeda Malik, Shahida, and Zahida
ProfessionIndian Actress
Height (approx.)Centimeters- 160 cm
Meters- 1.60 m
Feet Inches- 5’ 3”
Weight (approx.)Kilograms- 55 kg
Pounds- 121 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourWhite
Date of Birth3 February 1938
BirthplaceChingleput, Madras Presidency, British India
Age (as in 2022) 84 Years
Zodiac signAquarius
HometownChingleput, Chennai
SchoolSt. Joseph’s Convent, Vishakapatnam
CollegeNot Known
Educational QualificationNot Known
DebutTelugu film– Rojulu Marayi (1955)

Tamil film– Kaalam Maari Pochu (1955)
Hindi film– CID (1956)
HobbiesListening to music, Photography, Cooking
Favorite co-actorDev Anand
Favorite ContinentAfrica
Marital StatusWidow
Affairs/BoyfriendsGuru Dutt
Husband/SpouseKamaljeet (born as Shashi Rekhi)
Marriage Date27 April 1974
ChildrenSon– Sohail Rekhi
Daughter– Kashvi Rekhi

Early Life of Waheeda Rehman

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Waheeda Rehman was born on 3 February 1938 in Chennai in a Dakhini Muslim family. Her father Mohammad Abdul Rahman was an IAS officer and was posted in Visakapatnam.

She started her studies at St. Joseph’s Convent school but opted out of studies due to physical weakness. She had a dream of becoming a doctor but was shattered.

She was also interested in dance and wanted to learn Bharat Natyam. Waheeda and her father approached Master Pillai but he initially refused to teach her citing that this dance form needs devotion to Lord Shiva.

But after a lot of pursuant Mr. Pillai agreed to teach her. Her father died in 1951 when she was still a teen.

After her father’s demise, her family suffered financial issues. She also had 3 elder sisters.

Start of Career

Waheeda Rehman started her career as a dancer in 1955 in Rojulu Maraayi and some other movies. Guru Dutt saw her movie shown to him by his South Indian distributor.

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Guru Dutt was so impressed by her looks and screen appearance that he made up his mind to cast her in his next movie.

He asked her to come to Bombay and after someday her mother and Waheeda reached Guru Dutt’s office. Guru Dutt wanted her to sign the contract, but before that Guru Dutt’s assistant, Raj Khosla wanted Waheeda to have a screen name.

It was 1955 and actresses like Madhubala, Meena Kumari and Nargis were ruling the Hindi cinema world with their screen names. Even Guru Dutt also agreed to this suggestion but Waheeda Rehman was adamant that she would change her name.

This discussion went on for a long time but Waheeda Rehman remained firm on her insistence. Raj Khosla was very angry with this, but Guru Dutt handled the situation and agreed on Waheeda’s condition.

Waheeda Rehman’s mother was about to sign the contract that Waheeda Rehman again put a condition that the costume would be shown to her before the shooting and it would be OK only after her permission.

Raj Khosla was again angry on this matter, but Guru Dutt again took over the matter and accepted her condition. Raj Khosla was surprised to see that Guru Dutt, who shouts so much at others, is sitting so quietly today.

Eventually, the contract was signed and thus Waheeda Rehman became the second lead actress of CID.

After this, most of the films in the future were either done in Guru Dutt’s production house or with his best friend Devanand. After CID, both worked in films like Pyaasa, 12 Clock, Kagaz Ke Phool, Chaudavi Ka Chand, Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam.

Waheeda Rehman and Amitabh Bachchan

She has appeared with nearly all of her era’s biggest stars like Guru Dutt, Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar, etc. Amitabh Bachchan, on the other hand, is the only actor whose Waheeda became both mother and lover on screen. In the 1976 films ‘Adalat’ and ‘Kabhi Kabhi,’ Amitabh romanced Waheeda. At the same time, Waheeda played Amitabh’s mother in the films ‘Trishul’ (1978) and ‘Coolie’ (1983).

Waheeda Rehman played the role of Abhishek Bachchan’s mother in the film Om Jai Jagdish.

Waheeda Rehman and Guru Dutt

After learning of Guru and Waheeda’s affair, Geeta separated from Guru Dutt and began living in another house with her children. Following that, he made alcohol, cigarettes, and sleeping pills a big part of his life. Guru Dutt had grown lonely, and Waheeda had also abandoned him. Guru Dutt was devasted from inside by the yearning and loneliness of meeting the children.

Waheeda Rehman Filmography

Year Movie Name Language
1955 Rojulu Marayi Telugu
Jayasimha Telugu
Kaalam Maari Pochu Tamil
1956 Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum Tamil
C.I.D. Hindi
1957 Pyaasa Hindi
1958 12 O’Clock Hindi
Solva Saal Hindi
1959 Kaagaz Ke Phool Hindi
1960 Kala Bazar Hindi
Ek Phool Char Kaante Hindi
Chaudhvin Ka Chand Hindi
Girl Friend Hindi
1961 Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja Hindi
1962 Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam Hindi
Bees Saal Baad Hindi
Baat Ek Raat Ki Hindi
Rakhi Hindi
Abhijan Bengali
1963 Mujhe Jeene Do Hindi
Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya Hindi
Ek Dil Sau Afsane Hindi
1964 Kohraa Hindi
Shagoon Hindi
Majboor Hindi
1965 Guide Hindi
1966 Teesri Kasam Hindi
Dil Diya Dard Liya Hindi
1967 Patthar Ke Sanam Hindi
Ram Aur Shyam Hindi
Palki Hindi
1968 Neel Kamal Hindi
Aadmi Hindi
Baazi Hindi
1969 Khamoshi Hindi
Shatranj Hindi
Meri Bhabhi Hindi
1970 Prem Pujari Hindi
Man Ki Aankhen Hindi
Dharti Hindi
Darpan Hindi
1971 Man Mandir Hindi
Reshma Aur Shera Hindi
1972 Zindagi Zindagi Hindi
Trisandhya Hindi
Subah-O-Sham Hindi
Dil Ka Raaja Hindi
Thrisandhya Malayalam
1973 Phagun Hindi
Insaaf Hindi
1974 Bangaaru Kalalu Telugu
1976 Kabhi Kabhie Hindi
Adalat Hindi
1978 Trishul Hindi
1979 Aaj Ki Dhara Hindi
Jiban Jerakam Bengali
1980 Jyoti Bane Jwala Hindi
Jwalamukhi Hindi
1982 Sawaal Hindi
Namak Halaal Hindi
Namkeen Hindi
Dharam Kanta Hindi
1983 Himmatwala Hindi
Mahaan Hindi
Coolie Hindi
Pyaasi Aankhen Hindi
Ghungroo Hindi
1984 Sunny Hindi
Mashaal Hindi
Maqsad Hindi
1985 Bayen Hath Ka Khel Hindi
1986 Simhasanam Telugu
Singhasan Hindi
Allah-Rakha Hindi
1989 Chandni Hindi
1991 Lamhe Hindi
Swayam Hindi
1994 Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzilen Hindi
2002 Om Jai Jagadish Hindi
2005 Water Hindi
Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara Hindi
15 Park Avenue English / Bengali
2006 Rang De Basanti Hindi
Chukkallo Chandrudu Telugu
2009 Delhi 6 Hindi
2013 Love in Bombay Hindi
2015 Arshinagar Bengali
2017 The Song of Scorpions Hindi
2018 Vishwaroopam II Tamil / Hindi
2021 Skater Girl English / Hindi


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Waheeda Rehman married Sasi Rekhi (also known by his screen name Kamaljeet) in 1974. The two met in 1964 during the film Shagun directed by Shashi Rekhi. Sashi was from a Punjabi family and started his film career in the 1950s.

Sakshi was also in the lead role in this film. Since then, Shashi started loving Waheeda Rehman in his heart, but due to his shy nature, he could never say anything to Waheeda Rehman.

Meanwhile, his career was also not going well and he left the film line and then went to Canada and after going there he started the restaurant business.

After a long time, one day Waheeda Rehman got a phone call and this phone call was made by Yash Johar.

Yash Johar asked Waheeda Rehman if he could come to meet her, then Waheeda Rehman said ‘yes it is okay she is at home and Yash Johar can come.’

The very next day, Yash Johar along with a friend reached Waheeda Rehman’s house to meet her. Waheeda Rehman, after seeing that person for some time, remembered that it was Sashi, her former co-artist.

By then Sashi had become quite fat. So Rehman jokingly asked that if he got married, to which Sashi said no.

Then everyone had dinner together and Shashi told about his current business and future plan. He said that he wanted to open a new restaurant and thus ended the meeting that day.

A few days later, Shashi called Waheeda and expressed his desire to meet her at a coffee shop. Although Waheeda agreed to meet, she suspected that Shashi might ask her to invest in his new restaurant.

She was determined in her mind that as soon as Shashi tells her about investment, she will say no immediately and will say that she does not have money at the moment and she has to pay a lot of income tax.

The two met at a coffee shop but contrary to Waheeda’s guess, Shashi proposed to her for marriage. But Waheeda immediately told him the mugged line that she does not have the money and she has to pay a lot of income tax. At this point, Shashi did not understand what this has to do with marriage.

After some time, when Waheeda Rehman realized that Shashi had asked her for marriage not for money, she felt a little ashamed but she said that she would think and tell.

They got married in April 1974, and after some time, the futures shifted to their Bangalore farmhouse, they have two children Sohail and Kashvi. After the death of her husband in 2000, Waheeda again came back to Mumbai.

Waheeda Rehman has started her acting career again after coming back to Mumbai.

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