Waheeda Rehman to be feted with Dadasaheb Phalke for ‘stellar contribution’, I&B min says it’s tribute to women’s power
Bollywood veteran Waheeda Rehman will be honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb phalke awardAnurag thakurthe Information & Broadcasting Minister, revealed that the ‘Guide’ actress will be felicitated for the “stellar contribution” made by her to Indian cinema.
Calling it a validation of women’s power and the passing of the “historic Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam” by Parliament, he lauded her performance in classic Hindi films like ‘Pyaasa’, ‘Kaagaz ke Phool’, ‘Chaudhavi Ka Chand’, ‘Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam’ and ‘Guide’ among others.
“In her career spanning over 5 decades, she has essayed her roles with extreme finesse, leading to a National Film Award for her role as a clanswoman in the film ‘Reshma and Shera’,” he wrote.
“A Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee, Waheeda ji has exemplified dedication, commitment and the strength of a Bharatiya Nari who can achieve the highest level of professional excellence with her hardwork,” he added.
Seven Decades Of Excellence
Recipient of both the coveted Padma Shri, as well as the Padma Bhushan awards, Rehman is often considered as one of the greatest actresses of Indian cinema.
In her seven decade long illustrious career, Rehman successfully toed the line between commercial as well as parallel cinema. She made successful pairings with many yesteryear leading stars such as Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar, as well as Guru Dutt.
However, her pairing with the ‘evergreen star’ Dev Anand remains one of her most successful on-screen collaborations. She made her Bollywood debut opposite the star in the 1956 crime drama ‘C.I.D’. However, it was the 1965 romantic drama ‘Guide’ which brought her to widespread critical as well commercial acclaim. Her performance as Rosie, a lonely, distraught wife of a wealthy archaeologist received praise.
Rehman had a knack for depicting layered women characters who existed at the peripheries of the Indian society. Prime examples include – the ”fallen woman” Gulabo, who is one of the protagonists of the 1957 drama ‘Pyaasa’. Her earnest portrayal of a happy-go-lucky woman who is trying to make ends meet by engaging in the world’s oldest profession, is one of the best depictions of the ‘golden hearted prostitute’ in celluloid.
Other instances include – Gulabi, the lusty widow, desperate to break free of social shackles and enter a no-string attached affair with Narsingh, a taxi driver in the 1962 Satyajit Ray directorial ‘Abhijan’.