Waheeda Rehman And Her Life Journey | Waheeda Rehman Biography

Waheeda Rehman is a veteran actress of 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.

Early Life of Waheeda Rehman

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

She started her studies in 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 for 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 Rojulu Maraayi and some other movies. Guru Dutt saw her movie shown to him by his South Indian distributor.

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 actress like Madhubala, Meena Kumari and Nargis were ruling Hindi cinema world with their screen name. 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

SL No Movie Name Year Language
1 Rojulu Marayi 1955 Telugu
2 Jayasimha 1955 Telugu
3 Kaalam Maari Pochu 1955 Tamil
4 Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum 1956 Tamil
5 C.I.D. 1956 Hindi
6 Pyaasa 1957 Hindi
7 12 O'Clock 1958 Hindi
8 Solva Saal 1958 Hindi
9 Kaagaz Ke Phool 1959 Hindi
10 Kala Bazar 1960 Hindi
11 Ek Phool Char Kaante 1960 Hindi
12 Chaudhvin Ka Chand 1960 Hindi
13 Girl Friend 1960 Hindi
14 Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja 1961 Hindi
15 Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam 1962 Hindi
16 Bees Saal Baad 1962 Hindi
17 Baat Ek Raat Ki 1962 Hindi
18 Rakhi 1962 Hindi
19 Abhijan 1962 Bengali
20 Mujhe Jeene Do 1963 Hindi
21 Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya 1963 Hindi
22 Ek Dil Sau Afsane 1963 Hindi
23 Kohra 1964 Hindi
24 Shagoon 1964 Hindi
25 Majboor 1964 Hindi
26 Guide 1965 Hindi
27 Teesri Kasam 1966 Hindi
28 Dil Diya Dard Liya 1966 Hindi
29 Patthar Ke Sanam 1967 Hindi
30 Ram Aur Shyam 1967 Hindi
31 Palki 1967 Hindi
32 Neel Kamal 1968 Hindi
33 Aadmi 1968 Hindi
34 Baazi 1968 Hindi
35 Khamoshi 1969 Hindi
36 Shatranj 1969 Hindi
37 Meri Bhabhi 1969 Hindi
38 Prem Pujari 1970 Hindi
39 Man Ki Aankhen 1970 Hindi
40 Dharti 1970 Hindi
41 Darpan (1970) 1970 Hindi
42 Man Mandir 1971 Hindi
43 Reshma Aur Shera 1971 Hindi
44 Zindagi Zindagi 1972 Hindi
45 Trisandhya 1972 Hindi
46 Subha O Sham 1972 Hindi
47 Dil Ka Raja 1972 Hindi
48 Thrisandhya 1972 Malayalam
49 Phagun 1973 Hindi
50 Justice 1973 Hindi
51 Bangaaru Kalalu 1974 Telugu
52 Aadalat 1976 Hindi
53 Kabhi Kabhie 1976 Hindi
54 Trishul 1978 Hindi
55 Aaj Ki Dhara 1979 Hindi
56 Jiban Jerakam 1979 Bengali
57 Jyoti Bane Jwala 1980 Hindi
58 Jwalamukhi 1980 Hindi
59 Sawaal 1982 Hindi
60 Namak Halaal 1982 Hindi
61 Namkeen 1982 Hindi
62 Dharam Kanta 1982 Hindi
63 Himmatwala 1983 Hindi
64 Mahaan 1983 Hindi
65 Coolie 1983 Hindi
66 Pyaasi Aankhen 1983 Hindi
67 Ghungroo 1983 Hindi
68 Sunny 1984 Hindi
69 Mashaal 1984 Hindi
70 Maqsad 1984 Hindi
71 Bayen Hath Ka Khel 1985 Hindi
72 Simhasanam 1986 Telugu
73 Singhasan 1986 Hindi
74 Allah Rakha 1986 Hindi
75 Chandni 1989 Hindi
76 Lamhe 1991 Hindi
77 Swayam 1991 Hindi
78 Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzilen 1994 Hindi
79 Om Jai Jagadish 2002 Hindi
80 Water 2005 Hindi
81 Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara 2005 Hindi
82 15 Park Avenue 2005 English/Bengali
83 Rang De Basanti 2006 Hindi
84 Chukkallo Chandrudu 2006 Telugu
85 Delhi 6 2009 Hindi
86 Love in Bombay 2013 Hindi
87 Arshinagar 2015 Bengali
88 The Song of Scorpions 2017 Hindi
89 Vishwaroopam II 2018 Tamil, Hindi
90 Desert Dolphin 2020 English-Hindi Bilingual

Marriage

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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